Work Begins on MVRDV’s Mannheim Barracks Redevelopment
Construction has begun on Traumhaus Funari, Traumhaus Funari redevelops parts of a former US Military barracks, takes a new approach to suburban development by combining affordability, individuality, and diversity, while prioritising pedestrians and greenery over cars. The design incorporates a series of options and rules, promoting diverse architecture and allowing future residents to make meaningful choices about their own homes.
Location - Germany
City - Mannheim
Year - 2022
Surface - 27000 square meters
Client - Traumhaus
Programs - Residential, Master plan
Themes - Housing, Sustainability, Urbanism
Funari is one of five new districts in the redevelopment of Mannheim’s Franklin quarter, an area developed from one of the United States’ former bases in Mannheim. MVRDV’s partner in the project, Traumhaus, is a prefabricated housing maker and developer with a track record of delivering affordable, high-quality housing thanks to their system of mass-produced, standardised elements. The Funari design expands on this standardised approach, creating a catalogue of dwelling typologies, a huge set of variations on Traumhaus’ original design, with a variety of materials, sizes, interior layouts, and connections to the outside with each offering a variety of options that future residents can choose from. To target a range of budgets and demographics, the catalogue mixes the original Traumhaus offering with variations that offer wider material choices and different sizes and finally a wide selection of Traumhaus 2.0 designs with more bold and individual styles, from stilt houses to colourful printed façades.
By encouraging a range of different inhabitants to live in the area MVRDV hopes to transform the typical suburban experience into a more richly diverse community where individuality and quality of life are paramount. Houses with green façades appeal to the budding eco-family, bright colours and patterns are on offer for people with highly individual tastes, while more traditional materials such as wood may suit those who are more reserved. Stilt houses open up the ground floor for a more outdoor lifestyle, whereas single-storey houses suit the elderly. Two larger apartment blocks further encourage diversity, offering homes suitable for students or the disabled, among other demographics. In the first phase, the masterplan adds a total of 124 single-family homes and 26 apartments to the Franklin district.