Client: Stadt Ludwigsburg, Dezernat III Bauen, Technik, Umwelt
Design team: Lysann Schmidt (landscape architect) + fabulism (fabulismoffice.com/walckerpark) + Heiko Holzberger (traffic engineering consultant)
My role: Project landscape architect (Urban Development Competition)
Location: Ludwigsburg, Germany
Surface: 33.000 m²
The structure of the Walckerpark is characterized by its urban situation as the entrance to the baroque inner city and by the topographical situation with the Heilbronner road (B27) on a higher level. Due to the proximity to the Residenzschloss, the arrival at Walckerpark should be remembered as a first impression on the way to the castle: a modern city park with mature trees, lawns that invite you to picnic and exciting play areas that shorten the walk to the castle for young visitors. A new square in the western competition area continues the series of historical squares (library forecourt, Holzmark, marketplace) and becomes the new entrance to the Baroque city center. In order to accommodate the desired parking spaces and still obtain the existing trees in the largest possible number, a compact two-storey parking structure is inserted under the public park.
According to the open space development concept and inspired by the historic avenues, the B27 is to be redesigned into a green boulevard, in which also qualitative walking and cycling paths are integrated.
This boulevard becomes the backbone of the new Walckerpark, followed by the existing trees and the expanded groups of trees. The woody plantations are densest in the north and are becoming increasingly looser south to the lawns around the park usages to allow picnics, games and sunbathing on the lawns. The density in the north acts in addition to the topography as noise protection. In contrast to the avenue trees of the boulevard, the irregular tree groups within the park are a link to neighboring parks such as Favoritepark and Marienwahl.