Working in ALN, Landshut.
N188b is a monolithic contemporary design, to be built in the center of the landmarked old town of the city of Landshut/Bavaria/Germany – culturally and economically one of the most successful cities in Bavaria.
The city of Landshut together with the Trausnitz castle were founded in 1204 and were for a long time the Wittelsbach residence before the Duke’s family and university moved to Munich in the 16th century. The landmarked old town is predominantly characterized by gothic architecture, accompanied by renaissance and baroque elements. The gothic church of St. Martin is featuring the world’s tallest brick tower. Old middle-class houses still represent the history of the town from Gothic times to Neo-Classicism. N188b is right on the border city/castle hill with a view to the main city church of St. Martin.
The urban structure is based on a gate city with the Duke’s castle up on the hill (~80m above the city) on the one side and the river Isar bordering the city on the other.
The building is right on the borderline between the landmarked old city and the hill with the Trausnitz castle located on its top. With this being a strategic point, you have a clear view as well to the city church (~100m) as to the backside up to the castle (~70m).The transition from town to nature makes at the same time the official borderline between city and urban hinterland.
All these issues make the project ambitious and powerful.
Client of the project is itself our Architecture Office-which made the designing process very challenging. For over one year we were working on the concept-and it took more than ninety versions before sending in the plans for the building license.
Besides the main concerns during the design process the biggest challenge was to deal with the terrain that has more than 70% steepness. This issue led to the task of designing a structural membrane wall, which had a direct impact on the final design.
What came out is a minimalistic structure covered in corten steel symbolizing the Castle Gate. The main reason choosing corten steel was its ability for getting its very special patina by the time which perfectly matches both to the structure of the Old City and nature landscape on the backside. Further the house is designed that way that the main view leads to St. Martin and the old town of Landshut. Being covered by neighboring houses the building itself stays private without letting any direct sight to the inside.
N188b is now in building process and will be finished in October 2016.
Four Levels with a total of 1370 sqm:
Basement (490 sqm)
Ground floor / Office (330sqm)
First floor / Office (300 sqm)
Second floor / Housing (250 sqm).
building construction concept: armed concrete
Facade: corten steel
inside finsh: exposed concrete walls, lumber floors
Client: Architecture Office.
Program: Office & Housing
Location: Landshut, Germany
Scale: 1370 sqm