Klosterareal Pluggendorf




LVM Versicherungen Münster


Pluggendorf, Germany


Mixed-use Living Quarter


41’000 sqm


Urban planning workshop, 2nd Prize


Hosoya Schaefer Architects AG


Agence GmbH


Hosoya Schaefer Architects AG


Not far from the old town of Münster (DE) and the Aasee lake, a diverse, urban quarter is planned on the site of the former Klosterareal Pluggendorf. Due to its location and history, the area has both the centrality of a well-connected inner-city periphery and the greenery and quality of a more park-like residential quarter.

The project is oriented towards the existing Pluggendorf blocks, which are characterised by their structural permeability and an additive mix of typologies. Despite a clear definition of spaces, three new permeable Pluggendorf blocks are created.

While the buildings are closed to the noisy streets, the blocks open to the interior by means of structural gaps and passages. This ensures good ventilation passive cooling. The winds coming from the Aasee, once used to power windmills, flow through these open spaces.

Instead of typical street spaces, the neighbourhood receives a sequence of green, widening open spaces with a high quality of living between the blocks. Heat islands can be avoided through vegetation and shading with the preservation of large trees.

The character of the old monastery garden as a genius locus remains perceptible as a quality and continues beyond the visual boundaries into the surroundings. Embedded in the existing green corridor along the Hoppendamm, at the interface to the existing blocks, a new neighbourhood centre is created with open and public-oriented uses. In contrast, the green Werkhof forms a quieter open space within the three new blocks, offering a high standard of living, both as a leisure and work location.

Five building typologies characterise the design and are further differentiated by the form of the roof. Four different perimeter blocks make up the majority of the development: For residential buildings, they are 14.5m deep and have a gable roof or varying Dormers that tie in with the streetscapes in the interior of Pluggendorf. For offices, the perimeter block development is 15-16m deep and has a tiered storey in relation to the buildings on Weseler Strasse and Koldering.

A polygonal typology also allows for deeper buildings in order to integrate the large building mass in a way that is compatible with the neighbourhood. For offices, this type sits on the street corners and appears as a high point in the urban space. As a residential building, it appears as a hybrid structure that is always part of the perimeter figure but can also play more freely.



Morgentalquartier, Wetzikon, 2020 –
Program: Housing
Current state: Phase 51 and 52, under construction

Haus Myrte, Wädenswil, 2022 –
Program: Transformation of historical building
Current state: Phases 51 and 52, under construction

Station Square and Roof, Herisau 2015 –
Program: Station square, station roof, bus roof
Current state: Phase 41, under construction (partially)

MEWA-Areal, Wädenswil, 2018 –
Program: Culture, Restaurant, Housing, Retail
Current state: Phase 31, preliminary design

Wilhelmsburg Rowing Clug, Wilhelmsburg (D), 2020 –
Program: Clubhouse, boat hall
Current state: Execution Pla

House A, Geneva, 2021 –
Program: Residential house
Current state: Renovation, ongoing

Primary School Christoph Merian, Basel, 2019 –
Program: School
Current state: ongoing

Herriberg-Feldmeilen station, 2020 –
Program: Retail, housing, bus yard
Current state: framework plan

Airport Engadin, St. Moritz, 2020 –
Current phase: construction project

Cooperative Housing, Wetzikon, 2020 –
Current phase: tender, 2020 –
Current phase: Project phases design to operation

Boulevard, ETHZ Hönggerberg Campus, 2020 –
Program: Campus Boulevard redesign (with Studio Vulkan)
Current state: ongoing

Viererfeld, Bern, 2018 –
Program: Housing
Current state: on hold

Urban Design

Bahnhof Romanshorn, 2022 –
Current state: study (with Sudio Vulkan)

Kaserne Aarau, 2022 –
Current state: urban framework

Areale Wittenbach, 2022 –
Current state: urban design commission

Stiftungsareal Neumünster, 2022 –
Current state: study

Kieler Schloss, 2022 –
Current state: Public think tank on usage and architecture

Campus Heidelberg, 2021 –
Current state: Masterplan process, in-depth studies

Otterbach Süd, 2020 –
Current state: urban framework plan

Innovation Park Bergedorf, 2020 –
Current state: urban framework

Station Area Dietikon, 2019 –
Current state: urban framework plan

Campus Bochum, 2018 –
Current state: project support

Metalli, Zug, 2017 –
Current state: project support

Bahnstadt Nürtingen, 2017 –
Current state: project support

Areal Neugasse Zürich, 2016 –
Current state: completion of master plan, public consultation

Elbinselquartier Wilhelmsburg, Hamburg, 2015 –
Current state: project support

Tech Cluster Zug, 2015 –
Current state: transformation plan

Station Herisau, 2013 –
Current state: areal development

KNZ Wil West, Thurgau / St. Gallen, 2011 –
Current state: project support

Urban System Research

Metaverse, 2022 –
Current state: ongoing

Entwicklungskonzept Würzenbach, 2022 –
Current state: ongoing

ESP Hochdorf, 2021 –
Current state: spatial-urban as well as use- and circular-based development concept

Deep Urbanism, 2021 –
Current state: ongoing

cividi gmbh – civic data intelligence, 2019 –
Digital tools for the analogue city
Current state: ongoing


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