In the cityscape of Karlsruhe, the Schlossplatz is the first square in a sequence of public spaces, devised by the architect Friedrich Weinbrenner in the 19th century, originating from the castle and continuing through the city along the north-south axis to form the Via Triumphalis. The Mittelparterre is incorporated into the castle ensemble.
The historic Lengelacher’s sculptures are positioned at eye level to the visitor and structure the space. Two sculptures always stand facing one another, creating a space between them and giving a rhythm to the area of the Parterre. Low narrow basins of water within these spaces guide the sight and highlight the statues, which are reflected in the water’s surface. Along the main axis, the Mittelparterre is edged with blooming plants in a contemporary interpretation of the once very colorful historical square. Through the renovation of the Schlossplatz, the ensemble in front of the castle has grown in attractiveness. The connection to the downtown area through the strengthened Via Triumphalis generates comprehensive continuity. The lawn sections are now accessible and the water basins invite child’s play in the summer, when they are also expected to enhance the city’s micro-climate. The water basin set around the foot of the Karl-Friedrich monument offers new qualities. The Schlossplatz is becoming the central urban space in Karlsruhe.
- Program / Project: Renovation and reinterpretation of the square in front of Karlsruhe’s historical castle
- Client: Land Baden-Württemberg, Vermögen und Bau, Amt Karlsruhe
- Project management: Agence Ter
- Area: 8 ha
- Date: 2009-2014
- Location: Karlsruhe, Germany