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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.

Plantahof Auditorium in Landquart, Switzerland by Valerio Olgiati

March 27th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Valerio Olgiati

The placement of the new auditorium creates a new central square within the overall structure of the Plantahof agriculture school. The high façade holds together the new piazza.

The inner space of the auditorium lies in half-light. Two windows facing each other define the inner space and allow for a view from the new piazza towards the axis of the Prättigau valley. A thin, dark coloured, concrete wall stretches over the pillars and beams like a tent. These elements are supported outside the building by the abutments. The structure combines in equal measure a frame and a solid construction. The result is a hybrid of pillars and walls, expressing an architectural concept and lending the building character.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Javier Miguel Verme)

  • Architect: Valerio Olgiati
  • Name of Project: Plantahof Auditorium
  • Location: Landquart, Switzerland
  • Object: Auditorium
  • Competition: 1. prize, 2008
  • Client: Building control department of Canton Grison

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Javier Miguel Verme)

  • Collaborators: Nathan Ghiringhelli (project manager office Olgiati), Daisuke Kokufuda
  • Construction supervisor: Georg Nickisch, Franz Bärtsch, ARGE Nickisch/Bärtsch, Chur
  • Structural engineer: Patrick Gartmann, Conzett Bronzini Gartmann AG, Chur
  • Materials: Anthracite in-situ concrete, steel, chrome-nickel-steel
  • Begin of planning: November 2008
  • Begin of construction: October 2009
  • End of construction: October 2010
  • Volume: 2’240 m3 (SIA 416)
  • Area: 270 m2
  • Investment costs (BKP 1-9): 2.75 Mio. CHF
  • m3-price (BKP 2): 898 CHF / m3
  • Copyright plans: Archive Olgiati
  • Copyright pictures: Javier Miguel Verme

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Javier Miguel Verme)

The new auditorium is multifunctional and has a capacity of 130 to 180 seats. In addition to its conventional use, the new hall has the capacity to host different kinds of events such as seminars, congresses and panel discussions.

Interior View (Images Courtesy Javier Miguel Verme)

Images Courtesy Javier Miguel Verme

Interior View (Images Courtesy Javier Miguel Verme)

Cross Section (Images Courtesy Archive Olgiati)

Floor plan (Images Courtesy Archive Olgiati)

Situation (Images Courtesy Archive Olgiati)

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