LACING UP HAMM’S HISTORIC INNER CITY
AND THE NEW RIVERFRONT CANALQUARTER.
The proposal for the City of Hamm, located along the river Lippe, laces up the historic inner city with the new and proposed canal front quarter: a strong and tangible connection between the city center and the river that consists of a generous green public recreational space, a residential area with the distinct quality of living beside the riverbank and an inviting and representative cityscape along the shores of the Lippe.
A sequence of attractive places leads from the historical inner city to the canal. A direct visual connection is established through the careful removal of sight obstructions and the sensible positioning of new structures and paths. So-called ‘memory-slabs’ are the concrete elements that mark the route from the marketplace in front of the old church, to the water front park. These elements are inscribed with historic narratives of the city of Hamm and highlight valuable historic layers and remains along the route to the Lippe. Forming a lace from the old to the new part of the town, this infrastructure makes Hamm’s past tangible.
Upon leaving the old town one will soon be able to see, between the trees of the Nordring Park, the pitched roofs of the new ‘Kanalquartier’, that is situated somewhat higher up. The small tower of the hotel serves as a beacon that leads to the quarter’s central square that opens up towards to river.