A Ludwigsburg district – for a sense of community

Ludwigsburg. Children laughing in a garden. Two swings hang from the balcony above the ground floor apartment. The wife, who moved from Pattonville to the western part of Ludwigsburg, is fond of the children. And holds the parasol as the wind will blow away. Yes, they feel very comfortable in the district on Schönbeinstrasse. There are nice contacts to the neighbors and I like the greenery around the houses.

A little further confirmed that a neighbor. That there is also a common room that is accessible to all should be welcomed. Only the playground on the outskirts of the neighborhood, which consists of five apartment blocks with 113 apartments, lacks shade. In summer, the sun hits the sandbox and play equipment. “I’m going on the train,” a young man shouts to you, but praises the concept of the housing complex. Lots of young families live here, he says, they know each other and meet each other. He is particularly pleased that the long-promised lawn has finally been laid out on the forecourt of the high-rise, which is warming up in the summer.

Just a few years ago, things looked very different on this site. For a long time, the area that Baywa (the Bavarian cooperative) had taken over from the WLZ (Württemberg agricultural central cooperative) lay fallow. Agricultural products were previously stored here. Then came a small business, a tire dealer. It has belonged to the construction company Strenger since 2012. The city and businesses found a compromise, housing and business should be possible, and social housing and rental housing should be integrated. An architectural competition followed. Five large residential buildings were then built, one of which was a ten-story residential tower.

That the residential area, which was then developed by the Strenger company, is dependent on additional offers is positively registered by the residents. “I like using the gym,” says one woman, who has often used the offer. Like others, she has not yet noticed that there are also bicycles for the residents to borrow. She usually drives to work. Few people are aware that there was a test phase with four sharing cars.

Strawberries, mint and sage to harvest yourself

According to Andreas Wohlmann from Strenger during a tour, the e-charging stands are well received. Those interested in urban gardening have also been found, he says. The residents take care of the raised beds. Strawberries, mint and sage grow wonderfully. Allotment gardens will now be integrated into a housing project in Sindelfingen, and e-cargo bikes will also be available in Sachsenheim.

The construction company tries to give such residential areas their own sense of community with additional offers. The residential area has a uniform design, which results in a mix of rental and owner-occupied flats, including 17 social flats, which are rented out on average for 10.89 euros per. As a special feature, Strenger also has integrated micro-apartments: These are one-room apartments where not only the bed but also the kitchen can be folded out. She hides behind a closet; when you open the door, the stove is ready for cooking. Commuters have bought it, and companies have also bought such apartments for employees who work in Ludwigsburg from time to time.

No matter how different the living conditions are, the residents seem to be comfortable with them. Also with regard to the adjacent trade. The mix also continues on the other side of Schönbeinstraße, where Strenger built for service providers and companies. The commercial buildings refer architecturally to the residential buildings, an inner courtyard is almost luxuriously green and generously designed. Offices and service providers are set up around the building.

“It fits, we do not notice much,” says a resident in the new neighborhood about the business space. In this case, living and business so close to each other do not bother. The residential area is clearly demarcated. The only thing that still remains a mystery to them is what should stand in the industrial hall, where trucks drive up from time to time. At this moment, a truck is driving away.

The neighbors are less enthusiastic about the development

On Schönbeinstrasse, opposite the housing project, there are houses with saddle roofs and garden gates. They are not enthusiastic about the new buildings. “It has been quieter here,” says one resident, referring to loud children and the many cars on the street. “When the companies had finished their work, it was quiet here.” In any case, he says, the entrance to the underground car park has been moved away from what was originally planned. An aspect that the neighbor does not like because she is with her now. As she walks over there, she sees asphalt and concrete. She thinks it’s comforting. A little green would have been good too, she says.

The neighbors have come to terms with the apartment blocks, but the gray blocks are not neat. On a cloudy day it can be depressing. They also want the light in the district, for which lighting designers are specially trained, to be dimmed. It burns all night. “It’s just too bright,” the neighbors said.

What was there now?

2007: Baywa moves from Ludwigsburg to Freiberg.

2008: The municipality orders an initial report on further use. Business and housing are conceivable.

2009: Baywa wants to lease the fallow land to companies and a religious community. Housing development is planned for later.

2010: The municipal council wants to keep the land purely commercial.

2012: The company Strenger buys the Baywa site. A residential building is rejected in the first instance.

2016: The city demands competition, the company orders five architects. The building committee praises the town planning solution.

2016/2017: Demolition work begins, in 2017 the silo tower will be blown up. There are still differences with the city in terms of the development of the place.

2018/2019: The construction work is progressing, in 2019 the apartments can be taken over. The commercial buildings must be ready in 2021. (hpj)

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