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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

A fragmented orchard in Kirchberg, Luxemburg by OKRA

 
May 10th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Description of the project:

OKRA won the competition to design a public space between office buildings in the Gruenewald area of the Luxemburg city borough of Kirchberg. OKRA thought of how to give the fragmented neighbourhood a consistent identity of its own. As the area lacked a clear programme, OKRA chose to come up with their personal programme for an ‘urban orchard’. By planting apple and pear trees, OKRA has attempted to create cohesion between the scattered spaces and buildings. Thus the theme of the ‘edible city’ gives this public space its coherence. The urban orchard consists of many little orchards, each with its own atmosphere – but everywhere passers-by are invited to pick the fruit.

Images Courtesy OKRA

  • Architect: OKRA
  • Name of Project: A fragmented orchard
  • Location: Kirchberg, Luxemburg
  • Client: Fonds d’urbanisation et d’aménagement du Plateau de Kirchberg
  • Nature and dimensions of area: 2.8 Ha
  • Building costs public space: 150 Euro /m2
  • Dates: Design 2008, Implementation first phase starting in January 2009

Night View

The orchard stands in a fragmented layout of squares and passages organized in a grid system together with buildings and private parcels. The jury awarded the strong identity that the project introduces for this part of the Plateau of Kirchberg and also the gesture towards the rigid atmosphere of the buildings. A gradual change in the types and the densities of plantation creates a high quality link between the higher part of the district, more business and urban a-like, and the southern part, more natural, leading towards the Klosengroendchen park. Different atmospheres of orchard are created to provide a specific sense of place to each areas of the new district. A network of lines bind the different pieces of public space in order to create a narrative and spatial link between each of the existing public spaces fragments.

Images Courtesy OKRA

Site

This design is for public spaces for the Grünewald district, Kirchberg, Luxembourg. The assignment was to create public spaces between apartments buildings.

The wild orchard

Fragments

The orchard stands in a fragmented layout of squares and passages organized in a grid system togheter with buildings and private parcels. The jury awarded the strong identity that the project introduce for this part of the Plateau of Kirchberg and also the gesture towards the rigid atmosphere of the buildings. A gradual change in the types and the densities of plantation creates a high quality link between the higher part of the district, more business and urban a-like, and the southern part, more natural, leading towards the Klosengroendchen park. Different atmospheres of orchard are created to provide a specific sense of place to each areas of the new district. A network of lines bind the different pieces of public space in order to create a narrative and spatial link between each of the existing public spaces fragments.

A peek trough the actual fruit

The productive orchard

The reinterpreted orchard

Prefab concrete elements in various modules bring both unity and diversity

The area is at the (former) business district of the EU. This shows the international allure of Plateau de Kirchberg

Green places in between the blocks are for resting and lingering in

Images Courtesy OKRA

Images Courtesy OKRA

Images Courtesy OKRA

Images Courtesy OKRA

Lighting under the benches marks the way through the public orchard

Night View

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