In modern cities, the boundaries between living, working and leisure are blurring. What is needed are living concepts that allow for the functional integration and convergence of different areas of life. Eike Becker_Architekten demonstrate how to intelligently interlock living, shopping, leisure and work with the Colours building ensemble in the Bahnstadt Heidelberg, which consists of four apartment buildings, an office building and a listed signal box. The design, which was awarded 1st prize in a competition, convinces with its sophisticated design, sustainability and short distances.
Colours is not only a programme in terms of the mix of uses, but also in terms of the architecture. With four different house types and deliberately different façade designs, the quarter brings colour and liveliness to the largely "white" Bahnstadt. Depending on the position of the sun and the time of day, the coloured facades show a different face. Framed and structured by aluminium frames that are themselves a mirror of their surroundings. In this way, the lively architecture carries the diversity that is at home in Colours to the outside world.
Colours Living opens up multifaceted living perspectives: city villas and apartment buildings are designed to suit a wide variety of living concepts and styles. The infrastructure is just as diverse. Everything you need to live is within walking distance: Daycare centres, a primary school, cultural facilities, sports and leisure facilities, cafés and restaurants as well as shops and services. In the Colours Office and Retail building, companies will find flexible office and retail space for individual business ideas.