Reinvention of the urban space “The 15-Minute City”

Reinvention of the urban space “The 15-Minute City”

Reinvention of the urban space

David Krause’s apartment has high ceilings, a garden and an unusual floor plan: you won’t find any right angles. “I had to improvise in the kitchen, that was a lot of work because of the obtuse angle.” Otherwise, Krause, who lives here with his wife and his son, who is just starting school, is satisfied. Next project: a loft bed for the son, with space underneath to play.

For a long time, children were not allowed to play at this point. Because until a few years ago there was still a huge office complex here, the Thyssen Trade Center, the trading headquarters of the industrial group. With a reflective glass facade and gray stones in the cladding, more intimidating than inviting. A world to work, not to live. In 2010 these offices were also relocated to Essen with the headquarters of the group. Then the building complex was empty for the time being.