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Green BELT Clusters

Neustadt faces major challenges in the future. The new fixed Fehmarn Belt link, for example, will change the entire region and tempt the towns along the axis to integrate it into their strategic development. Then there are the typical challenges of small towns, such as enormous land consumption, in Neustadt's case despite a stagnating population, and monofunctional sub-areas.

The question of a long-term, sustainable orientation and identity needs to be addressed. Our concept tries to create this identity, especially on the outskirts, by breaking up the monofunctional spaces and making them more diverse and varied.


Based on the large-scale initial situation in the context of the fixed Fehmarn Belt link and the question of the possible integration of small towns, the idea is to build a fan-shaped business network consisting of smaller, non-disruptive supplier companies in the residential areas and larger logistics and processing companies in the existing industrial area. This is part of the overall idea of creating a new identity for the monofunctional areas on the outskirts of the town. This is to be achieved through cluster focal points, where a heterogeneous mix of uses is created, in combination with a GreenBELT, which limits the expansion of the area.

The central idea is implemented through so-called "Synergy Clusters" and "Green Getaways", the latter of which are located within the GreenBelt.

Central Idea

The "synergy clusters" will be spatially distributed in suitable locations (either on existing structures, close to potential areas or on transport axes). They serve to promote variety and diversity within homogeneous areas and are intended to combine different offers and uses, such as mobility offers, commercial uses, mixed residential offers and high-quality, community-promoting public spaces. To this end, locally specific measures have been developed to add missing functions to the existing stock.

The Green Getaways are areas in the GreenBelt that already stand out from their surroundings due to their partially qualified green structure, special location and/or quality of stay. The places are to be qualified by a developed catalogue of measures and complement the extensive axis of the GreenBELT with special places for flora, fauna and people.


The district of Pelzerhaken in the east of the city serves as a focus area. In our strategy, we locate a GreenGetaway in the north on the Deepensoll site. This area already has a dense forest and a small lake. The aim is to increase the area's biodiversity through various measures, such as enhancing the existing green areas, flowering meadows and hiding places for flora and fauna, while at the same time providing local recreational value for the neighbouring residents through targeted offers such as an educational trail, orchards, seating areas and a water experience. It is also well connected to the other GreenGetaways through the GreenBelt's continuous network of paths, creating a gentle transition from the built environment to the countryside.


The Pelzerhaken Synergy Cluster is characterised by breaking up the mono-structural development of the settlement area and making effective use of existing potential areas. In this sense, the approach chosen is one of redensification, which is to be achieved by means of new buildings, conversions, extensions or additions. In particular, brownfield sites and car parks are to be used and upgraded. Existing residential buildings are also to be sustainably redesigned with contemporary forms of living and the provision of student accommodation. Another conceptual focus is the multicoding of spaces. The package of measures for premises, tools and food includes space for sharing. Special attention is given to the mobility concept, which offers bicycles with and without electric drive, cargo bikes, cars or vans on demand at low cost through a mobility hub.

The combination of Green Getaway and Synergy Cluster creates a versatile, experiential space that breaks the monotony and gives the area a new character. The first step towards a new identity.

Oscar Huck, Mats Söhrnsen, Maximilian Carbuhn, Sofie Spitzer, Gerret Westphal

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