The Plärrer is Nurembergs central traffic junction. In the course of history, it has been transformed several times and is dominated today by public and private transport. In an invited competition, new ideas for the traffic organisation and the spatial quality of the Plärrer were developed.
The design renews the entire area from façade to façade. It reorganises functions and spaces, and creates the spatial conditions for sustainable (public) transport. Generous waiting areas at the tram stops are protected from weather by green and solar roofs, a new building hovering above the tram and subway station structures the extensive open space.
The reorganisation of the space also creates opportunities for pedestrians and cyclists. The four-lane traffic axis in the central part of the project area will be transformed into a car-free boulevard. This will promote active mobility and strengthen the local economy. In analogy to the tram stops, elongated platforms are proposed as free spaces, that can be developed for seating, art, resting areas, water plays, etc. in a participatory process.
The Plärrer becomes a place between transit and lingering. It will be integrated into the landscape structures and becomes a hub between the old, western and southern city districts. As a key element in Nuremberg’s ring structure, the Plärrer remains a junction of different traffic flows, yet will be is strongly unsealed, improving the urban microclimate.
Place: Nürnberg, Germany
Client: Stadtplanungsamt Nürnberg
Partner: komobile w7