Schlossquartier, Singen (DE)
New building, Continue building

Client: Prisma Zentrum für Standort- und Regionalentwicklung GmbH
Location: D-78224 Singen am Hohentwiel, Am Schlossgarten 2
Architecture: Dietrich Untertrifaller
Construction: 2022 – 2024
Area: 11,800 m²
Programme: 78 flats, offices, co-working, gastronomy, underground car park

Visualisation: Dietrich Untertrifaller

Martin Höck, Maria Megina

Statics: ZSZ Ingenieure Zivieltechniker, Innsbruck / Electrical: Kienle Beratende Ingenieure, Ostrach / Building services: Rolf Witschard, Ravensburg / Fire protection: CAD-Plan, Tettnang

The castle in the centre of Singen with its park in the shadow of the Hohentwiel is an important listed ensemble with a high identification factor. The mighty 18th century building characterises its surroundings with its oversized street route and the somewhat lost-looking spaces between the town hall and the new event hall. However, the palace lacks an adequate forecourt and meaningful references to the urban structure.

Our draft for a redesign enhances the situation with a self-confident placement of clearly structured, stepped buildings. After the removal of the street-side wall, the shared forecourt in particular creates a place full of urban qualities, a new address in the best sense of the word. The partial public use of the ground floor and its radiance in the urban space also contribute to this. A weather-protected corridor connects the new building to the existing coach house via the patio, but it maintains a respectful distance.

The dialogue between the park and the new square is also crucial – a sequence of spaces that is highly distinctive and mutually enhancing. The park is to be significantly improved and returned to the original concept, while the wall towards the event hall will be retained. Towards Schaffhauser Strasse, a finely graded sequence of residential and office buildings closes off the park space without appearing hermetic.

Floor plan L0
Floor plan L2