Dietenbach Freiburg




City of Freiburg


Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany


Mixed use, residential, office, public functions


104 ha


Open two-phased competition, 2nd prize


Agence Ter, Karlsruhe

Urban Neighborhoods in Dietenbach

The new urban district Dietenbach offers a mixture of dense urbanity and mixed use on one hand and green living spaces and open landscapes on the other hand. At the district level, this is achieved by two expanding park bands contrasting with the dense city. At the neighborhood level, the large Dietenbach blocks define urban streetscape at its edge while offering diverse, green housing areas inside of it and provide the same combination of urban and green. The Dietenbach blocks in itself consist of several block units and are completely car-free.

A Boulevard in the form of a Z connects the two connection points of the larger network and creates strong district entrances. In the district center, the boulevard is separated from the tram route and runs parallel to it. Between those two streets, the urban center is located. By dividing those two routes, it becomes possible to create a dense, urban spatial experience and to avoid wide, traffic-dominated streets. A Green Ring for bicycles connects all neighborhood squares and forms the shortest way of moving within the district. This makes it attractive to use alternative forms of mobility. The Dietenbach block allows for a large variety of urban forms inside without disturbing the urban district identity along the main streets. Special, innovative developments for cooperatives and other parties can be easily integrated.



Station square and station roof in Herisau, Switzerland
Current phase: construction documents

Benninger Areal, housing and retail development
Current phase: preliminary design

Interior design for an apartment in Park Tower, Zug
Recently completed

Mobility Hub / parking facility with retail component, Zug
Current phase: preliminary design

Parking garage with shop in Zug, Switzerland
Current phase: preliminary design

Riedmatt Ebikon / housing, retail, ateliers
Current phase: framework plan

Qube Ebikon / housing, retail, offices
Current phase: framework plan

House Chile, innovative single family home in forrest setting
Current phase: building permit documents

Buchs Areal Fegeren, building for precision-industry
Current phase: study

House Kyoto, community living, Japan
Current phase: study

Lachen SZ Alpenblickstrasse / high-rise housing
Current phase: study

Urban Design

Bahnstadt Nürtingen, Nürtingen
Current state: masterplan and function plan

Neugasse Zürich, urban design concept with public participation
Current state: presentation of urban design concept

Dessauer Strasse, Wolfsburg
Current state: competition waiting for further commission

Herisau site development, Herisau
Current state: process support and test planning

Technologiecluster Zug Masterplan, Zug
Current state: urban framework plan and design concept

Masterplan Dierikon, Switzerland
Current state: masterplan waiting for further commission

HafenCity Elbbrückenquartier, Hamburg
Current state: masterplan and framework plan

Wilhelmsburg Elbinselquartier, Hamburg
Current state: masterplan, function plan and typology studies

National Innovation Park Switzerland, Hub Zurich
Current state: Study on mobility-infrastructure

Leica Areal
Current state: study completed, next phase in planning

Innovation- and production park Patton Barracks, Heidelberg
Current state: urban framework plan

Wil West, Kanton Thurgau
Current state: urban framework plan

Visp Sägematte, Valais
Current state: study

Urban framework plan for the city of Zug
Current state: recently completed

Urban System Research

SmartUse / Space, Growth and BigData
Current state: ongoing

Winterthur 2040
Current state: ongoing

Harvard University Graduate School of Design / The Industrious City
Current state: in preparation

Development strategy for 3 communities in the Kanton St. Gallen, Switzerland


Zürich office

Flüelastrasse 10 8048 Zürich Switzerland (Google Maps)
T. +41 (0)43 243 6313 F. +41 (0)43 243 6315

Kyoto office

Jimukinoueda bldg. 602 21 Sakaimachi Gojo-Takakurakado Shimogyoku Kyoto Japan
T. +81 (0)75 744 1503