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Lörrach plans Germany’s first timber-built commercial area

2024 - A climate-neutral and sustainable commercial area is taking shape on the site of the Lauffenmühle, a former textiles factory.

Author:

Dr. Susanne Reiff

Publisher:

Connective Cities

Description:

In 2020 the town of Lörrach purchased the 8.5-hectare Lauffenmühle site which had formerly been home to a textile factory. The purchase was made possible by urban development grants worth €9.1 million from Germany’s federal government and the state of Baden-Württemberg.

Following discussions with the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, the idea arose of creating a timber-built climate-neutral commercial area on the site.

The historic factory buildings on the site and their stone facades are not protected monuments, but the project still plans to repair and retain their basic structure in order to utilise them for new commercial purposes. By doing this, the project hopes that people will be able to identify with the project, particularly in the surrounding areas.

The project can serve as a model for other municipalities in Germany and around the world, providing that entire commercial areas can be built of timber.

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Language:

English

Page count:

4

Copyright:

Connective Cities

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