The design of the new Porschestraße was aimed at giving continuity and calm to the fragmented appearance that had resulted from disparate, obliquely angled buildings inserted along it. Our design is part of this focus on continuity. A glazed roof level is carried by upward soaring steel ‘tree columns’. These ‘tree columns’ continue the rows of trees on the street, yet through the change from natural to artificial trees set a special accent.
The city of Esslingen was interested in connecting all bus stops under a single roof in order to achieve a weather-protected interchange from bus to bus.
Schulitz Architects designed a linear roof system with minimal height respecting the historic railway station. In spite of the dynamic form of the roof with variations in height, all glass panels are rectagular, thus minimizing the construction costs.
The production plant for Frerichs Glas is a continuation of the kind of minimised constructions we had already designed for trade fair halls 8/9 and 27 in Hanover. Here, too, the aim was the integral development of concepts for construction, lighting, ventilation, and energy technology. Over a design period of several years, involving many changes to the floor plans and production technology, the concept showed itself to be flexible and sustainable. The column grid and the line of the crane track in an existing building determined the width of the new building and the position of the columns in it. Despite these constraints, we achieved a consistent overall structural concept
A modest pavilion provides an area protected from rain and wind, with space for all ancillary functions. It is not heated, but is protected against frost. Travelling in the glazed cabin of the inclined lift offers an experience of the sce-nery as soon as the cabin emerges from the pavilion and moves, hovering above the slope, in the direction of the castle walls. Practically without touching them, it stops just short of the walls so that you enter the town through the battlements without the need forany further interventions in the historicfabric. The upper arrival platform thus consists of only a door system and a threshold.
The new multi-purpose hall sits in the presentday landscape of the Aviation Park. Despite the sizable building volume and the 5000 car parking spaces required, interference in the natural landscape was to be kept to an absolute minimum. The project was therefore integrated in ist setting as a freestanding building in a way that recalls Cracow’s traditional Kopiec landscape and conceals the car-parking spaces. The latter, along with the ancillary functions of the arena, were placed in an artificial hillock that the spectators walk up in order to reach the main entrances. From the entrances, one arrives in aspacious foyer that accommodates the evening box office, cloakrooms, and sanitary facilities. The foyer then tapers, like the stream of visitors, in the direction of the stands and the staircases. The asymmetry of the foyer is matched by the
asymmetrical character of the seating tiers for the public. This layout allows the stage to be sensibly positioned to suit the different uses, ranging from theatre productions to sporting events, and optimises the audience’s view of the stage.
While it augments the form of the massive existing building, the new building also demonstrates its individuality by seeking to engage in a dialogue between heavy and light materials and old and new concepts. In addition, the new building, which uses a skeletal frame system, meets the corporate identity goals of the Vallourec & Mannesmann company by demonstrating the potential and possible uses of their steel hollow sections.
In spite of a very narrow building site between the exiting swimming pools and the railway tracks, Schulitz Architects delivered a persuasive design regarding the functional requirements and the urban context.
Changing rooms and lavatories are situated next to the railway tracks, schielding the recreational areas from noise disturbance due to passing trains.
Two aspects determined the design of the ice-arena: an extremely tight budget and an even tighter schedule. The project was commissioned to our office in January while construction had to start in March at the end of the ice-hockey season and had to be finished in August ready for the new season.
The building meets the standards of the DEL, the premier German ice hockey league, and thus fulfils all requirements of 4500 seats and the corresponding catering and VIP-services.
Experience gained during the construction of the World Cup Soccer- arena in Hanover allowed us to meet all deadlines and the budget of € 7.5 million, using as much off-site prefabrication as possible, not just for the metal roof and facade structure but also for the concrete substructure and stands.
The project represents a building system using steel for the main structure, emphasizing sustainability and adaptability to different and changing needs. On the basis of a rectangular building with a footprint of 316 m², all features of the method are demonstrated:
– Innovation in steel construction and assembly
– Integrated sustainable ventilation and HVAC-concept
– Flexibility of room sizes and room organization
– Repeatability of the building and response to urban functions (adjustment of ground floors)
After the construction of its stadium, Hannover 96 football club decided to concentrate all its business areas in immediate proximity to the main stadium entrance. From the viewpoint of town planning, an important concern was that the size of the building volume should be restricted so as not to impinge upon the park landscape. To meet these conflicting demands, we responded to the shape of the site between the stadium entrance and the round form of the stadium with a compact triangular building. To reduce the length of the building, and as a reference to the rounding of the stadium, we decided against using expressive pointed corners.