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.
Ökonomiebau in Abbendorf, Germany by Jan Rösler Architekten
May 3rd, 2016 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Jan Rösler Architekten
Shelter for an agricultural vehicle in Brandenburg’s countryside.
The Ökonomiebau provides a small shelter for an agricultural vehicle in the urban hinterland of Berlin. This very unusual request offered the possibility to design a building with an extremely low budget, whose goal consists only in protecting its content from the rain.
The construction is thus reduced to the necessary and succeeds in being a simple but not shallow solution. The basic structure traces the minimalistic image of the archetypical volume, while industrial wooden slats overlap each other and create the outer layer and the impermeability of the construction. Over time, due to rain and sunlight the exterior skin will lose its warm colour and will therefore create a contrast to its unchanged interior.
The result appears at the same time incredibly clear and strangely ambiguous. The construction seems to balance between an obvious fragility and an elusive massiveness, showing without any secret the ephemeral character of its building principles but giving by its language a striking presence and unspeakable impression of permanence.
JAN RÖSLER ARCHITEKTEN is a young architecture practice based in Berlin working on education, residential and refurbishment projects.
The practice testifies to a high degree of precision, a smart and honest handling of sustainable materials, and a keen sense of contexts.
Innovation is cultivated through the office-based workshop where prototypes are built and tested. Excellence in design and execution is pursued through collaborating closely with the clients, consultant teams, contractors and end users. This evokes the great art of our profession: pushing for quality!
JAN RÖSLER ARCHITEKTEN defines architecture as a blend of functionality, materiality and aesthetics. It must have a purpose and a goal. But the balance can always be different: sometimes the artistic side outweighs the constructive, sometimes the other way around. What’s important is that those three aspects are kept in reciprocal balance.
The practice has built a reputation for the quality of its design, winning amongst other prices the Fritz-Höger-Preis 2014 (Gold medal), the Hannes-Meyer-Preis 2015 (Honorable Mention /2.Prize), and the HÄUSER Award 2016 (2.Prize).
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