The design by architects gmp – von Gerkan, Marg and Partners was unani-mously selected by the jury of an architectural competition held in 2008.
The design retains and renovates the existing listed 1920s brick facades, but constructs a completely new interior for the city hall behind them, integrated into the shell of the building. The new structure will contain rooms for the administration, the political committees, the city council facilities, a Citi-zens’ Center and other administrative units plus a multi-functional events room at the customary historical location in the city center.
The multi-functional Citizens’ Forum will be at the heart of the New Hans Sachs Building, in the great courtyard. This faces the sunlit citizens’ square so that in fine weather the west façade can be opened up for festive events. Concerts and events can take place indoors and in the open. This fluid transi-tion between interior and exterior will create an impression of an ‘open buil-ding’ in citizens’ minds.
The design integrates innovative solutions for an appropriate, ecological and energy-frugal overall scheme for a public building.
Competition 2008 – 1st prizeDesign Volkwin Marg and Hubert Nienhoff with Rüdiger von Helmholt and Carsten Borucki Partners Hubert Nienhoff, Christian Hoffmann (associated partner)Project leader Jutta Hartmann-Pohl Team execution Gesche Arns-Büsker, Stefan Greuel, Michael Haase, Vera Hendrix, Rouja König, Evelyn Martens, Angela Modemann, Franz Lensing, Simone Schröder-Ripp, Tom Siehoff, Philipp Weber Planning partnership with Winter Ing. Landscaping Rainer Schmidt Landschaftsarchitekten Lighting Conceptlicht Client City of Gelsenkirchen GFA 23,170 m²Construction 2010-2011