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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Haus der Essener Geschichte in Essen, Germany by Ahlbrecht Felix Scheidt Kasprusch (designed using ArchiCAD)

 
November 2nd, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Ahlbrecht Felix Scheidt Kasprusch

The project comprises the reconstruction of the listed Luisenschool to be used as a library, an administration and an exhibition area and also the new construction of an archive building.

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  • Architects: Ahlbrecht Felix Scheidt Kasprusch
  • Project: Haus der Essener Geschichte
  • Location: Essen, Germany
  • Awarding authority: City of Essen
  • Competition: 2005, 1st award
  • Completion: 2010
  • Gross floor area: 5500 sqm
  • Award: 1st Essener Architekturpreis 2010 – acknowledgement, 2nd prize for exemplary buildings NRW
  • Photographs: Deimel & Wittmar
  • Materials: new archive building: corten steel tables
  • Software used: ArchiCAD

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The accurate design of the new building and also the sensitive handling of the old building were of paramount importance. By doing so The Luisenschool turns into focus of education and history. The overlapping utilizations of school-library-archive-exposition demonstrates a special quality and offers new opportunities.

 

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The corten steel tables, which cover the new archive, are made of a material that constantly alters and protects itself by corrosion. It communicates the change of time, appears protective and alludes to the background of the City of Essen.

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One Response to “Haus der Essener Geschichte in Essen, Germany by Ahlbrecht Felix Scheidt Kasprusch (designed using ArchiCAD)”

  1. jackrobinson says:

    Don’t get me wrong. I am a committed modernist/minimalist. However, this building completely misses the mark. It is one of the ugliest buildings I have ever seen.

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