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A twist in the countryside
5/3/2014
The unusual “twist” in the Trespa panels gives passers-by the impression the facade is moving. Photo © Gerhard Hagen / poolima, Trespa International BV

In Hassfurt the local firm of architects BaurConsult Architekten was commissioned to completely refurbish the town’s school center, which was built in the 1970s and was displaying the deficiencies that are typical of that era. With a view to achieving improved energy efficiency, in particular the emphasis was on rectifying structural shortcomings and augmenting building facilities.

Whereas, thanks to a good footprint, it proved possible to preserve the majority of the complex, a decision was made in favor of rebuilding the science wing. Overall, following completion of all the construction work, regenerative sources will generate 90 percent of the total energy the school complex requires.

The Trespa Meteon facade panels used for the new building are wholly in line with this focus on sustainability. These robust high pressure laminate (HPL) panels boast a blend of up to 70 percent fibers, based on wood and thermoset resins. Even without an additional coating, the non-porous surface prevents any dirt accumulating, which delivers an easy-care and low-maintenance the facade.

The southwest facade of the new science wing is a striking eye-catcher. Here the facade panels twisted in on themselves in a spiral shape and, depending on where the observer is standing, create open and sealed surfaces. The different colors of the panels intensify this impression, white on the outside and magenta on the inside. As such, passers-by get the impression that the building is continually “changing” its color. Extending across all three storeys, the attractive facade also serves as sun protection, and in the summer prevents the heat build-up in the rooms behind the frontage.

The unusual “twist” in the Trespa panels gives passers-by the impression the facade is moving. Photo © Gerhard Hagen / poolima, Trespa International BV
The Trespa HPL panels are non-porous, making them dirt-resistant and easy to maintain. No coating is required.<br/>Photo © Gerhard Hagen / poolima, Trespa International BV
The transition from two to three dimensions is flowing, causing what seems to be a large opening to appear, through which one can look into the building’s interior. Photo © Gerhard Hagen / poolima, Trespa International BV
The front curtain wall also serves as structural sun protection. Photo © Gerhard Hagen / poolima, Trespa International BV
Depending on where one is standing, the facade appears at times to be sealed and at others completely open.<br/>Photo © Gerhard Hagen / poolima, Trespa International BV
Trespa also fulfills its sustainability claim by using regenerative commodities. Photo © Gerhard Hagen / poolima, Trespa International BV
Because of the surrounding two-dimensioned façade, the holographic effect of the panels on the south-east side of the building stands out even more. Photo © Gerhard Hagen / poolima, Trespa International BV
The three-storey new science block marks the final section of the Hassfurt school center in the east. Photo © Gerhard Hagen / poolima, Trespa International BV
With Trespa Meteon the manufacturer offers laminates in different forms, colors and sizes which can be combined. Photo © Gerhard Hagen / poolima, Trespa International BV
The helix-shaped geometry causes effective shadows inside the building. Photo © Gerhard Hagen / poolima, Trespa International BV
For the first time a façade like this has been built in Germany. Photo © Gerhard Hagen / poolima, Trespa International BV

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