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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.

Northern Shore Lake in Zwenkau, Germany by labor4+

March 29th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: labor4+ 

Intensive use and urban consolidation will be selectively concentrated and embedded as holiday villages into the successively developed countryside. This will be implemented in accordance with a continuous landscape and based on the history and structure of the surrounding area before the opencast mining. The density and size of the village structures decrease from the Western “harbour village” to the eastwardly located „hermit huts“.

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  • Architects: labor4+
  • Project: Northern Shore Lake
  • Location: Zwenkau, Germany
  • Typ: Invited competition in 2 rounds, Competition of Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture.
  • Year: 2014
  • Area: Leipzig
  • Design Team: Jan Adolph, Forian Alles, Dirk Hamann, Franziska Schieferdecker
  • Visualisations: Georg Lindenkreuz

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The development of the villages and camp-site will proceed via the road along the Northern forest edge. Plenty of parking space will be provided. The recreational area will furthermore stay car-free. The lake path connected to the circular path attaches the development area to the region with the opportunity to explore the surroundings by foot or bike. Small picnic areas invite to rest and to enjoy the beautiful view onto the lake landscape. An “adventure path” leads along the lake shore and collaborates well with the multitude of spacial and scenic features. This allows for new impressions of the lake as well as the opposite shore and landmarks.

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The landscape sculpture “Scenic View” provides special spatial and artistic features. The existing topography is elevated by supporting walls, slopes and a viewing tower and developed by ramps and stairs.  Various forms of terraces with differing levels and positions offer multiple options for use.

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Tourism concept:

A soft form of tourism with as little interference into nature as possible through concerted intervention is the focus of the planning.  The visitors have access to a broad offer of varied recreational activities at the North shore of the lake.

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Holiday villages:

The hotel and leisure complex in the harbour village offers an adequate urban standard with restaurants, a boat and bike rental and shopping possibilities. The comfortable hotel rooms, loft apartments and holiday apartments are situated in the first line waterfront, with a beautiful view onto the Zwenkau Lake and with direct access to the water.

The waterfront “lake village” with its numerous holiday homes, active houses and house boats, a boat and surf rental and a number of berths for sailing boats offers a great aquatic sports experience.

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For those who prefer to spend their vacation at a more quiet and remote place among the shades of the forest finds an opportunity to do so in the log cabins of the “forest village”. The adjacent campsite is available for all camping and caravan enthusiasts. The 375 stands are situated among the shade of the trees and are close to the bathing beach of the  Zwenkau Lake.

The remote and simply “hermits huts” towards the East of the leisure area offer self-supporters and nature lovers a special nature and activity holiday.

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Landscape concept:

The model for the renaturation of the Northern shore of the Zwenkau Lake is guided by the expected potential natural vegetation. The Northern area will be subject to ecological forest restructuring through reafforestation considering the expected situation of the location.

Climax tree species such as oak and hornbeam in combination with pioneer tree species will predominantly be used.

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To the South a connected succession area will be left to the natural repopulation without any larger interference measures. Only measures to improve the ground and erosion-limiting initial planting are envisaged.

The first initial plantings will be made in the areas of the villages of the camp-site and the waterfront path in order to structure the landscape, to zone the respective areas and to timely embed the leisure areas into the landscape.

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