Hattersheim found itself facing the challenge of creating an attractive urban
space. The community focused its attention on the town centre and announced a
competition for developing the area between the town hall and the
This was a marketplace, and they wanted it to develop a life of its own,
forming a link between urban and rural elements: the town hall was
intended to draw people, restaurants would be able to use attractive spaces
in the open air, the route to the adjacent park would make people want to linger
there, and also provide a new way of getting into the park itself.
Water became the linking element in the Hattersheim marketplace.
The steps leading to the town hall are the heart of the ensemble and the source
of the water. An inviting or at least alluring gesture was successfully provided by
a water cascade made up of flowform basins.