Graf Bismarck City Quarter Apartments Location City: Gelsenkirchen, Germany

Mixed Use, Residential
Marina Graf Bismarck GmbH


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

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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

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.

Jens Siegfried (Dipl Ing Architekt (FH))

Director, Düsseldorf

Jens has completed a wide range of projects and has an established track record in the design of retail and mixed-use schemes in Germany and in the Central and Eastern Europe region.

Jens joined Chapman Taylor’s London studio in 1989 and was instrumental in Chapman Taylor’s expansion into European markets during the early 1990s.

He relocated to Germany in 2002 and is now joint Managing Director of Chapman Taylor’s Düsseldorf studio, where he is responsible for the continued development and growth of our German business.

Areas of expertise:

Concept design / Retail / Mixed-use

Jens ist seit 1989 bei Chapman Taylor und war in den 1990er Jahren maßgeblich an der internationalen Expansion des Büros in Europa beteiligt.

Mit der Gründung von Chapman Taylor Düsseldorf im Jahr 2002 übernahm er als Geschäftsführer die volle Verantwortung für die Weiterentwicklung und das Wachstum des deutschen Büros.

Er hat eine Vielzahl von Bauvorhaben in Deutschland, Zentral- und Osteuropa realisiert, sein Schwerpunkt liegt in der Planung von Einzelhandels – und Mixed-Use-Immobilien.


Konzeptentwurf / Einzelhandel / Mixed-Use

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