Townhouse at Bauhausplatz

The ensemble of two buildings interprets the urban situation on Bauhausplatz in a unique way. The placement of the urban building block on Bauhausplatz expands it with new subspaces and creates the important urban connection to the tramway. The positioning and staggered heights create new, differentiated, proportioned urban subspaces that are enlivened by the distribution of uses. The Bauhausplatz is extended to the west by and with the buildings.

The high point in the southwest is an appropriate scale for the overarching open space with tram stop and acts as a symbol for the new district. Isolated open space elements such as tree plantings combined with bench elements and hedges zone the open space without disturbing the permeability and cross-references.

The free-standing buildings increase the quality of stay through well-lit public areas on the ground floor. The arcade facing the square in the commercial building is the front zone of the office addresses and the shops. The arcade is the entrance to the flats, which are organised as multiple units. The southern section offers space for gastronomic use. Above this, on the first floor, there are flexibly usable office and service units.

In the high point on the upper five floors are well-lit flats of various sizes, which are oriented to the southwest and southeast and predominantly overlook the school in the south.

The two buildings present themselves as elegant open houses. The façades of both buildings are vertically divided into a public ground floor zone with a storey above, whose externally flush windows reinforce the impression of a common, urban base and bring both buildings into a strong context. The façade is made of smooth (acidified) and rough (blasted) concrete elements. Above this connecting base zone, both buildings develop in a differentiated manner according to their uses. In the office building, the façade is conceived more as a continuous band than as individual windows in the residential building. At the same time, they remain related in terms of proportions and materiality.