VW’s Home City of Wolfsburg Connected & Livable European City
Wolfsburg Connect, a 13.6 hectare master plan in Wolfsburg’s Nordkopf district, establishes a prototype for liveable small scale urbanism, an increasingly crucial typology as the world’s population continues to urbanize. For Volkswagen, whose agenda-setting mobility technology research will be conducted in Wolfsburg, luring top talent to the area means not just offering the best workplace, but the most attractive place to live. It means creating the framework for a city as diverse as the talents and minds it hopes to attract. The range of mobility options results in a layered city fabric, tied more to the scale of the person than the scale of the car. Included within its bounds are Wolfsburg Hauptbanhof and an existing bus station, both of which are to be expanded in the new plan. This mobility hub, known as the Campo, presents visitors with numerous mobility options: bus, taxi, city bicycles, and walking paths all fan out from this hub.
Ground level retail, tech, and creative workshops woven together with greenery and outdoor amenities create an active public realm throughout the day. Courtyards between blocks will be open public thoroughfares, creating an inside-out urban experience that rewards pedestrians and cyclists.
A few levels up, offices and residential program spread throughout the district and are crowned by roof gardens, decks, restaurants, and bars. The office spaces use mass timber construction to deliver a state of the art workplace environment with a light carbon footprint. The diverse mix of program (which includes office, residential, hotel, retail, and leisure spaces) creates a city that is alive throughout the day, even after commuters have left the cafes and innovation hubs for the day, locals fill the district’s public plazas and restaurants.
Henning Larsen was selected to design the project in a competition in 2019 that included competitors UNStudio and Bjarke Ingels Group. Wolfsburg Connect is designed in collaboration with client partners SIGNA, Stadt Wolfsburg, Volkswagen AG, and Wolfsburg AG and with creative consultants Gehl Urban Design, Arup and Wordsearch. Phase 1 of the master plan is expected to reach completion by 2023.