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markt erlbach

Projet urbain et paysagiste pour la route et la place principale // Markt Erlbach, DE // Concours 2011

Our proposal for the new main street through the small town of Markt Erlbach near Nürnberg proposes a road concept that combines the benefits of “shared space”, with those of a zoned profile.

A standard road profile with simple low kerbs and a parking strip is punctuated at 7 crossing points along the street with “decision islands”, raised table areas with a non-directional paving pattern and shared territory. At these Islands, trees light-poles and granite-block seating define safe pedestrian zones, create convivial places to sit and incorporate signage and information about the hidden places and the historical sights of the village, to attract visitors to explore side-streets.
The junctions along the main street become moments of encounter and exploration, and also automatically regulates traffic speed while prioritising pedestrian use. The simple, legible profile between crossings establishes clear territories for vehicular movement, parking and pedestrians, regulating the parking of cars.

In the central Market Square, a multi-functional pergola-like frame is proposed, which incorporates public artworks, children’s play features and a water feature, as well as creating shelter for bus-stops, restaurant seating and regular market uses.

M.O: Ville de Markt Erlbach // Surface: 1,7 ha // Côut prévisionel: 1,5 m €