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Aussersihl Community Center

"The building makes do with residual spaces between the root protection areas around the existing trees." says Architekten EM2N | Mathias Mueller | Daniel Niggli on Aussersihl Community Center.

By: EM2N | Mathias Mueller | Daniel Niggli

Architecture-Page | Aussersihl Community Center by EM2N | Mathias Mueller | Daniel Niggli
Photograph by Hannes Henz, courtesy of EM2N.

The transformation of the form and the architectural expression ultimately struck a successful, psychologically liberating blow for both friends and foes of the first project. A basic structure, enhanced at specific points, now offers space for diverse activities. The building still blends in the park by both its form and colour. Lime sand brick is the cheapest material to build curved walls. With the radical use of colour we "killed" the somewhat out-of-date material so that only colour and form remains. The outer skin appears conservative with a "british racing green" whereas the interiors shine in bright colours. The grass-green of the ground floor connects the outside with the inside and contrasts the orange staircase. Yellow and light green in the first and second floor vary the theme of botanical colours and correlate with the park depending on the seasons. Starting from the image of tree bark the facade is perforated and tattooed. A skin is generated which exceeds the image of a "Lochfassade", creates depths and relates to the environment.

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Architecture-Page | Aussersihl Community Center by EM2N | Mathias Mueller | Daniel Niggli
Photograph by Hannes Henz, courtesy of EM2N.

Architecture-Page | Aussersihl Community Center by EM2N | Mathias Mueller | Daniel Niggli
Photograph by Hannes Henz, courtesy of EM2N.

Architecture-Page | Aussersihl Community Center by EM2N | Mathias Mueller | Daniel Niggli
Photograph by Hannes Henz, courtesy of EM2N.

Architecture-Page | Aussersihl Community Center by EM2N | Mathias Mueller | Daniel Niggli
Photograph by Hannes Henz, courtesy of EM2N.

Architecture-Page | Aussersihl Community Center by EM2N | Mathias Mueller | Daniel Niggli
Photograph by Hannes Henz, courtesy of EM2N.

Architecture-Page | Aussersihl Community Center by EM2N | Mathias Mueller | Daniel Niggli
Photograph by Hannes Henz, courtesy of EM2N.

Architecture-Page | Aussersihl Community Center by EM2N | Mathias Mueller | Daniel Niggli
Photograph by Hannes Henz, courtesy of EM2N.

Architecture-Page | Aussersihl Community Center by EM2N | Mathias Mueller | Daniel Niggli
Photograph by Hannes Henz, courtesy of EM2N.

Credits

  • Text: EM2N
  • Photographs: Hannes Henz

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