The client formulated the following goals: along with an office, classrooms and computer rooms, the new building was to have a small workshop, a large kitchen and a multipurpose space for diverse activities. A simple construction should provide versatile, large and open spaces. Furthermore, the architects were charged both with creating a bright, inviting atmosphere and with keeping costs as low as possible by using modular elements.
These challenges were realized by means of a simple supporting structure. The architects have connected three pavilions of equal size to create a single complex. Dividing walls were erected on a grid measuring 1.2 metres; via the horizontal sheets of concrete, these carry the burden of the roof construction. Placed at the edges of the building, these dividers guarantee support-free interior spaces 13 metres in length and thus provide a high degree of flexibility. The fact that the concrete components were prefabricated was a real time-saver.
The simplicity of the structure calls to mind the venerable architectural element known as the trilith: two vertical posts are connected via a horizontal architrave and thus reinforce each other. It is not necessary to connect these with other building components. In fact, it is the very system that has allowed Stonehenge to stand ever since the Stone Age.
In order to give the concrete sheets a special look, the architects consulted their friend, artist Velasco Vitali. He was inspired to cover the concrete with silicone matrices as it was being poured. The result is a surface covered in wrinkles. From a distance, this creates the impression of crumpled metal. Only a second look solves the riddle of this material: concrete that looks like metal- a new creation.
The few materials used here were selected both consciously and carefully: concrete and wood are marvellously harmonious and form a close connection to the surrounding landscape. Larchwood, used for the flooring, doorways, window frames and fittings, warms the interior spaces. The ceilings are clad with sheets of composite wood shavings and cement. They contribute to soundproofing and conceal the electrical installations of the building.
Period of construction: 2012-2013