Madgeburg Science Port
Berlin-based architecture studio SMAQ, in collaboration with HL landscape architects, has won the international competition for the re-de­sign of the historical port area in Magde­burg, Germany.

The competitors were asked to restructure the former trade port in­to a so called Sci­ence Port as a destination for innovative businesses and a place for knowledge transfer. From the competition brief: “The Uni­ver­si­ty [of Magdeburg], re­search in­sti­tutes, col­lege, lei­sure fa­cil­i­ties and cre­a­tive com­pa­nies have all crept one step clos­er to the dock and its ware­hous­es, whose back­drop is the pic­turesque bank of the Riv­er Elbe. What is need­ed now are new ideas and, above all, the ex­pe­ri­ences gathered in other Eu­ro­pean ci­ties, so that ad­di­tio­n­al pro­jects can be ma­te­rial­ized and the vi­sion of a vi­tal sci­ence quar­ter can be made a re­al­i­ty as an in­te­gral part of the ci­ty.”

The Science Port will be part of the In­ter­na­tio­n­al Build­ing Ex­hi­bi­tion 2010. Results: 1. Prize: SMAQ (Berlin, Germany); 2. Prize: ASTOC (Collogne, Germany); 3. Prize: BS+ (Frankfurt, Germany); runner-ups: Maxwan (Rotterdam, Netherlands), De Zwarte Hond (Groningen, Netherlands) and SWW (Braunschweig, Germany)


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