„The city within“ is examining potential reappropriation of soon to be abandoned structure of Bockenheim campus in residential purposes. The area of Bockenheim is facing a project for a new “Kulturcampus”, whose large scale is likely to instigate gentrification processes and consequently change the local housing market. 84% of all housing in Frankfurt is rental accommodation that is exposed to rent-increase whic`h is becoming problematic for may ny local social groups. In such condition that threatens the social and economical heterogeneity it is urgent to question whether one could change the way in which we dwell today instead of moving away.
In Juridicum, the building of former law faculty that is planned to be demolished, a spatial network of complementing private, common and public spaces is proposed. The access to the building is made through the plaza created in the depression of the ground which made possible for the entrance to be in a lower level thus leaving the ground floor completely open and free for public use. The original façade is being reconstructed but occasionally eroded in the places of public program within the building.
This project is trying to re-examine our relationship to a possession of a private space and allow for a critical observation of the apartment as the ultimate typology for urban housing. The building is anticipated as a typology between the residence and a hotel with different durations of stay (one day, one month, one year, a lifetime) where shorter duration implies less need for a private space and a possibility for shared spaces to emerge. Transposition of traditional urban block in the single building “the city within” could be a possible scenario for co- habitation of diverse socio-economic structures and alternative urban dwelling.