After more than sixteen months of in-depth work on this six-hectare city development project extending the adjacent settlement district, a wondrously simple urban planning scheme was established. Initially settings providing the basis for a clear overall identity were selected from the Gundeldingen (aka Gundeli) quarter as references. Then these were specifically interpreted to formulate the ultimate solution. While the approach in the first version of June 2017 verged on traditional urban planning, during the intensive work that followed the understanding of the project and for the location developed strongly. The primary schoolhouse remains part of the quarter and serves as the transition from the park to the tram depot, i.e., according to the new nomenclature for the area, from Gottesackerpark [new green space adjacent to an existing graveyard called Wolfgottesacker] to the Dreispitz tram depot square. The proposed location and orientation of the gymnasium is at the ground level of the school facing the square and–in terms of serving multiple uses–provides space for covered markets, events open to the public, and much more in fulfilling the school’s function as a public place. Parallel to Walkeweg [a street] there will be a new promenade for strolling called Walkepromenade. Walkehof [Walke yard, public grounds, where small hobby gardens are currently located]
will remain Walkehof, but its character will change with the erection of the new school. And as the heart of the new settlement, it will more strongly become a residential courtyard, while the Dreispitz tram depot square will serve as the actual central plaza of the quarter. Newly-defined household gardens create the required differentiated transition from Walkehof to Gottesackerpark. The resulting urban planning scheme can unfold as the prescribed “green oasis.” It is a part of the city reminiscent of the Gundeli, but developed with its own, specifically cultivated mood responding to the building stock of the nearby settlement by architect Hans Bernoulli and the Wolfgottesacker.