The Heerlen Rooftop Project

Phase 1

Through the roof

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In 2019, SCHUNCK issued an international ideas competition for architects, urban engineers, landscape architects and designers. The result was very special and inspirational: 53 submissions from 12 countries – a broad and dazzling kaleidoscope of themes ranging from climate, biodiversity, re-use & recycling, entrepreneurship, urban farming, urban gardening to alternative energies and reduction of the constructed matter.

The competition consisted of two parts. In the first part, the designers were asked to develop a master plan for 7 selected rooftops around SCHUNCK in the city centre of Heerlen. The challenge was to use the untapped potential of the grey rooftops for a sustainable, climate-oriented use of the living environment. Because rooftops are also specific locations that can offer a new perspective on the city, the condition was that the rooftops could be developed from a temporary test installation (festival) to a sustainable transformation in a process-based approach.

In November 2019, an international jury consisting of professional experts and business stakeholders (advisers) from the region, selected ten participants from the field of the 53 submitted projects to perform further research. The ten selected agencies each received a personal assignment and compensation for the second part of the competition. In mid-January 2020, the research was completed with a second jury selection of the three winners. Each winning design was awarded € 10,000.

The designs are a source of inspiration for both the festival and a long-term perspective and represent the potential that lies in the unused rooftops in impressive ways!

Jury: (Peter Veenstra/Lola Landscape Architects, Robert Thiemann/Frame Magazine, Cédric Libert/CIVA – Stichting voor Architectuur, Studio Frank Havermans, Sonja Beeck/Chezweitz Szenografie)

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