Graf Bismarck City Quarter Apartments Location City: Gelsenkirchen, Germany

Waterside apartments for a diverse community within a beautiful urban setting.

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Mixed Use, Residential
Marina Graf Bismarck GmbH


Key Info

c.60 apartments, in a range of formats, and ground floor commercial amenities, including a bakery, a café/restaurant, a medical surgery and other retail/community units.
9,500 m² GBA
Concept design stage

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Varied apartments and commercial amenities

Chapman Taylor is designing a beautiful mixed-use residential apartment building at the new Graf Bismarck City Quarter development in the German city of Gelsenkirchen.

The 9,500 m² GBA scheme will consist of c.60 apartments, in a range of formats, and ground floor commercial amenities, including a bakery, a café/restaurant, a medical surgery and other retail/community units.

Design inspired by the water

The apartment building is designed to cater for a diverse community, with options available for singles, couples, families and the elderly or people of restricted mobility. Residents and visitors will have the use of a 74-space underground car park.

Our design theme is “Living on the Water”, with the architecture and materiality inspired by the adjacent Rhine-Herne Canal, one of the main waterways of the Ruhr metropolitan region. The contemporary design ensures a strong visual connection between the residences and the canal, the marina, a vibrant pedestrian plaza/promenade and surrounding woodland and parkland.

Robust, sustainable and wellbeing-friendly

The façade of the building employs a dynamic and varied architectural language, punctuated by biophilic, wellbeing-orientated balconies and terraces in which residents can relax and enjoy the views over the surrounding area and over the inner courtyard’s beautifully landscaped green area. Façade materials have been chosen for their robustness and sustainability, with the design sensitively complementing the attractive surrounding buildings, green spaces and waterway.

An exciting new city quarter

This exciting and elegant mixed-use building forms part of the wider Graf Bismarck City Quarter, which is strategically well-located next to the Rhine-Herne Canal and near to the A42 motorway, as well as being close to the ZOOM Erlebniswelt, one of the most enjoyable modern zoos in Germany, and within sight of the VELTINS Arena, home of FC Schalke 04. The 80-hectare site, once home to the former Graf Bismarck colliery’s power station, is being developed by NRW.URBAN to create a new urban district of homes, commercial buildings, a marina for recreational boats and a passenger ships pier.

Chapman Taylor created and developed the concept design for this attractive new residential building for Marina Graf Bismarck GmbH.

Ruprecht Melder (Dipl Ing Architekt (Univ))

Group Board Director, Düsseldorf

Ruprecht is responsible for leading the design and delivery of major workplace, retail, and mixed-use projects in our Düsseldorf studio.

He has established the role of 'General Planner' within the Düsseldorf studio and has successfully led General Planner teams on several large-scale projects and is dedicated to delivering high-quality architecture to our clients.

Ruprecht joined Chapman Taylor in 1995. After joining the Düsseldorf management board as a Prokurist in 2008, he became joint Managing Director in 2013 to support the growth of our German business and continues to oversee project work in Germany, Austria, Hungary, and Slovenia. He joined the Group Board in 2021.

Areas of expertise:

General Planner / Retail / Mixed-use / Workplace

Ruprecht ist seit 1995 bei Chapman Taylor und ist verantwortlich für die Konzeption und Durchführung von Einzelhandels-, Büro- und Mixed-Use-Projekten in unserem Büro in Düsseldorf.

Im Jahr 2008 wurde Ruprecht Melder als Prokurist Teil der Geschäftsführung und ist seit 2013 als Geschäftsführer für die Leitung und die Entwicklung des Düsseldorfer Standortes zuständig. 2021 wurde er in den Vorstand von Chapman Taylor berufen.

Ein weiterer Tätigkeitsschwerpunkt ist die des Generalplaners. Diesen Aufgabenbereich hat Ruprecht im deutschen Büro etabliert und hat sich als Leiter von Generalplanungs-Teams bei Großprojekten erfolgreich bewährt.


Generalplanung / Einzelhandel / Mixed-Use / Bürobau

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