A new hill builds the centre of the park and gives the visitor a wide overview and let him see the border triangle, the Klybeck accommodation and the Novartis campus on the west side of the Rhein river, in a perspective he never seen before.
The hill is built out of the excavated material from the new Rhein-arm and overlies three public halls. To the Kybeck-side he flows down in the new Rhein-arm, where he is rising up again into the smooth beach and ends in the old train track area. This part of the project stays topographically untouched and is reused by movable coaches, which contain different uses, such as takeaways, flowerbeds or changing cabins. These layers of tracks and the new-planted tree lines generate a soft threshold to the existing city.
A boulevard breaks through the new city on the island and connects the two ends with a tree line. The strictness runs out on both sides into calm arranged trees.
The topography of the hill influences the whole island. The boulevard is an extension of the hill and flows down at both sides to the old site level. This new height from the boulevard creates different spaces and leads to a separation of people and cars.
The Island is connected by ferry on the Rhein side and by tram on the Klybeck side. The new international bridge connects the two neighbours and includes a subterranean car entrance for the island.
The Klybeck accommodation receives a large public extension and is finally directly connected to the Rhein.
A hill in the center of the park gives the visitor a wide view over the border triangle, the Klybeck accommodation and the Novartis campus on the west side of the river. The hill will be built out of the excavated material from the new Rhein-arm, it houses a concert hall, that can be uses for many different activities. On the east side of the new Rhein-arm, the beach faces the wildly planted area of the hill, which is an integral nature reserve. Next to the beach the train tracks remain and are reused with movable coaches, which contain takeaways, flowerbeds or garden plots.
The Island is connected by ferry on the Rhein side and by tram on the Klybeck side. Around the hill there is a connecting boulevard that converges again when entering the new city part and leading to the border triangle. The boulevard in the city is a little higher and is the roof of a connecting parking lot, which can be entered through the new car bridge.
We started our design with the question, what we are going to do with the excavate material. Out of this huge amount of material we should generate a benefit. So we came up with the idea to create a mountain that stays strong and still in the Rhein river and stands for a rendezvous point. In the ongoing design process, we clear our idea to a plato on the top of a hill, where activites such as soccer or volleyball can happen or even a circus can stay and that gives the visiter a wide view over the three countries corner and the rising Novartis campus.