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.
City Hall Bad Aibling in Germany by Behnisch Architekten
April 11th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Behnisch Architekten
In the center of the Bavarian town of Bad Aibling lies Marienplatz, a historic plaza flanked by public, retail and hotel buildings. It is here that the two main streets of the town intersect and where the existing city hall from the 1970s has stood. In recent years, the town of Bad Aibling decided to construct a new city hall as a means by which to further invigorate the centre.
The old city hall was demolished down to the cellar level. Keeping the cellar and the building foundations intact was part of the client’s brief for the project, and therefore a key constraint in planning. The new building has been erected on the foundations of the existing hall, respecting the pre-determined load-bearing capacity of the cellar and foundations as well as the existing supply network. The planning team chose a lightweight construction for this reason, construction that consisted of a concrete skeletal structure with wood-clad walls.
The new hall accommodates primarily public functions. It is designed as a multi-functional venue that houses a variety of programs – including space for citizens’ services, administrative offices, meeting rooms, as well as a public library and a registry for weddings – all under one roof. In addition, part of the project brief was to vitalize the ground floor level of the city centre. This was accomplished through the integration of retail program at ground level, consisting of shops and a café. Their presence here has transformed this public space into an environment that is lively and engaging both during and after business hours. The entrance of the city hall from Marienplatz leads into an atrium that hovers above the storeys. From here, visitors can circumnavigate the building and experience it as a truly public space – a flowing, communicative public thoroughfare for casual and planned encounters.
The energy concept includes the implementation of LED-lighting throughout. The cooling operates through the use of water from a nearby creek. It is used for the component activation of the ceiling, the mechanical ventilation and the convection cooling of the server rooms.
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