Townhall Scharnhauser Park,, Ostfildern Building, Germany Design Architecture

Townhall Scharnhauser Park : Ostfildern

Contemporary Ostfildern building design by J. MAYER H. Architects

15 Jul 2007

Townhall Scharnhauser Park – Mixed used Civic Center

Ostfildern, Germany

Design: J. MAYER H. Architects

Townhall Scharnhauser Park, Ostfildern building

Photos by David Franck is located at the center of Scharnhauser Park, a former America military site next to Stuttgart airport. It is a multifunctional public building unifying municipal administration, civil services, a public library, an art gallery, classrooms for music lessons and evening school, a wedding room, office space, sports facilities and a multippurpouse hall. This combination of different public services generates synergetic effects provoking programmatic and visual transparency.

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Spatially the entire building is considered as large, open public space with inlays of certain core elements. Floating within a space for mutual or strategic communication, these enclosed boxes structure the interior layout of the building. From the main square to the panorama deck on the roof, the interlocks with its context through cutouts and terraces. These open air spaces remain accessible beyond the main opening hours and therefore serve as spatial and programmatic extensions.

Light and water animations are an integral part of the and include a subtle relationship between nature and technology. Framing the main entrance visitors will have to walk through a computer animated artificial rain dripping from underneath the flat cantilevered roof.The and square construct a new public building prototype by offering simultaneity of city life in real, mediated and virtual space.

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Pitter.Patterns – a computeranimated rain curtain
Framing the main entrance visitors will have to walk through a computer animated artificial rain dripping from the underneath the flat cantilevered roof. This water curtain facade becomes a secret information producer treating the entry elevation as ephemeral skin.

wind.light is a light installation next to the Hanging glass fibre cables project points of light onto the ground, animated by the movement of the wind. Built-in webcams collect all light points with a surveillance software and send a life image of its dynamic constellation into the and onto the website of the City of Ostfildern.

laserconstructed wireframe-model of the stadthaus
J. Mayer H. mit Sebastian Finckh, 1999

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Title: Townhall Scharnhauser Park
Competition: 1998
Project: 1998-2001
Completion: 2001
Client: Stadt Ostfildern, Germany

J. MAYER H. Architects
Team: Juergen Mayer H., Andre Santer, Sebastian Finckh, Andreas Berzborn, Markus Bonauer, Stefan Dambacher, Robert Frenzel, Martin K¸hfu_, Kate Lemmen, Peter Martin, Marcello Mazzei, Sascha Nikolauschke, Julia Olsson, Dirk Reinisch, Gabriele Roy, Gunda Schulz, Jˆrg Stollmann, Georg Vrachliotis, Hans Weibel, Philip Welter, Sonja Wiese, Christoph Zeller.

Architect on Site: Ulrich Wiesler
Structural Engineers: M¸ller + M¸ller
Service Engineers: Wetzstein
Landscape Architect: Klaus Wiederkehr
Light Engineers: Luna Lichtarchitektur
Building Physics: Dr. Schaecke und Bayer

Photographer: David Franck

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Venice Biennale 2004, Arsenale and German Pavillon

Location: Ostfildern, Germany, western Europe

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