Campaigned on the principle “something new in the west” an old coal mining area called ‘Schacht Franz’ in Hamm was transformed into an urban park: the LippePark Hamm.
It decisively improves the quality of life of the 175,000 inhabitants on the eastern edge of the Ruhr area, makes a structural change in the formerly mining region visible and sets important trendsetting impulses.
The 42 hectare park is defined by a simple and clear basic structure. All attractions and paths are arranged around the central meadow. In addition to children’s playgrounds, viewpoints and lawns, there are a number of special highlights for sport and recreation.
The nucleus of the LippePark is a fun sports podium in the northern part of the park. An exciting contrast is provided by offers for skating, training opportunities for parkour and free runners and a multisport area. Another attraction in the park and same hand symbol for the unique cultural melting pot of the Ruhr area is the “Platz der Fünf Weltreligionen”, planned and realized in cooperation with artists and interested persons.
The special history of the location remains alive at the site of the mining history in the middle of the northern park meadow.
Bundespreis Soziale Stadt (2010)
2. Platz Wettbewerb “City for Children (2012)”
Scape landscape architects
Michael Düchting (sculptor)
Licht | Raum | Stadt (light planning)
Client: City of Hamm
Project location: Germany, Hamm
Planning and realisation: 2002-2011
Photos: Nikolai Benner