Extension Town Hall Langenhagen

Langenhagen
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Drawing © Schenker Salvi Weber
Drawing © Schenker Salvi Weber
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Visualization © Schenker Salvi Weber
Photo © Schenker Salvi Weber
Photo © Schenker Salvi Weber
Photo © Schenker Salvi Weber
Photo © Schenker Salvi Weber
Architects
Schenker Salvi Weber Architekten ZT GmbH
Address
Marktplatz 1, 30853 Langenhagen
Year
2022
Client
Stadt Langenhagen
Team
Wemmer Philipp, Aichberger Anna, Bammer Nike, Dimitrova Blagovesta, Melis Bruno, Stoklasek Rostislav, Toth Katalin, Rübenacker Christian, Dietz Maximilian, Zita Leutgeb
Visualisation
Expressiv
Model Construction
Modellbauwerkstatt Gerhard Stocker
Architecture
H&P Bauingenieure
Structural Engineering
Eisfeld Ingenieure
Fire Safety
Hamacher Brandschutz
Building Physics
energydesign Braunschweig
Electro
VA-Ingenieure
Landscape Architecture
Spalink-Sievers Landschaftsarchitektur
Lighting Design
Ulrike Brandi Licht

“New Centre for the City”
The architectural quality of the Dieter Oesterlin building from the 80’s will be preserved, renovated and further developed into a new whole: a contemporary town hall and central figure, inspiring a strong sense of identity for the city’s citizens.

The generous foyer in the extension is flooded with natural light and it acts as the new centre of the ensemble – like a town square with crossroads connecting the interior and exterior, the old and new in a democratic and fluid exchange. Two bodies become one organism. The C-shape of the existing building docks with the U-shape of the extension via a passageway with an atrium. A city in the city. Fluid spatial boundaries, orchestrated vertically and horizontally - lines of sight, courtyards, spaces, paths, niches.

The central council chamber rejects authoritarian gestures. With its two storey height and subtle interventions such as the wooden slats and lighting fixture canopy, it is both citizen-oriented and representative at the same time. Maximum flexiblity is provided for behind the clearly structured facade: open-plan office landscapes as well as enclosed units. With its vertical, perforated triangular supports and horizontal beams, the sculptural façade appears calm and elegant. Nevertheless, it expresses itself in a communicative and transparent manner towards the city.

Coloured precast concrete elements reinterpret the, typical of the region, clinker facade of the existing building. The clinker brick flooring in the foyer emphasises the public square character and brings the city into the interior. The floor plans are individually adaptable: open-plan offices, desk sharing or the classic study, according to demand and pandemic conditions. A uniform, dignified colour and material canon in the existing architecture and the new build creates a dignified, as well as a welcoming atmosphere.

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