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Freedom of color
7/17/2014
The new insulated façade is 35 centimeters deeper than before, but thanks to the beveled window embrasures the proportions look right. Photo © Trespa International

A large apartment building in Essen was earmarked for transformation into a modern student residence. The architects at Architektur Contor Müller Schlüter (ACMS) from Wuppertal, experts in high-quality energy efficiency refurbishments opted for a colored façade using Trespa® Meteon® panels. The apartments in the U-shaped 1970s building were merged to create new units, the roof and façades insulated. As the structure is located in the direct vicinity of an interstate the windows were equipped with the very latest in sound-proofing technology. Consequently, it made sense to install an air-conditioning and heat-recovery system. In realizing all these measures the architects sought to achieve energy savings equivalent to the “Effizienzhaus 70” standard. And they succeeded – partly thanks to the new façade of colored Trespa® Meteon® panels.

For the insulation a 35-centimeter understructure was implemented in wood and aluminum. When such insulation is performed, the result may look strange as the windows tend to be shadowed by the reinforced walls and the proportions no longer work. However, the architects avoided this effect by beveling some of the colored window embrasures, producing a modern, attractive façade with clear dimensions. Using the Trespa® Meteon® panels in four different shades, ACMS was able create a varied pattern that breaks up the monotony of what was once a dismal looking façade. Employing the high-pressure laminate panels in a variety of colors produces individual and expressive effects, something that was successfully realized here.

The new insulated façade is 35 centimeters deeper than before, but thanks to the beveled window embrasures the proportions look right. Photo © Trespa International
The 1970s building not only needed a makeover in terms of energy efficiency. Photo © Trespa International
Attractive, but also boasting the very best energy efficiency standards: the student residence by Architektur Contor Müller Schlüter. Photo © Trespa International
The Trespa<sup>®</sup> Meteon<sup>®</sup> façade panels were installed onto an understructure of wood and aluminum.<br> Photo © Trespa International
ACMS architects were able to realize their color concept using Trespa<sup>®</sup> Meteon<sup>®</sup> panels by Trespa.<br> Photo © Trespa International
Behind the colored, modern façade is a building that dates back to the 1970s. Photo © Trespa International
The carmine red Trespa<sup>®</sup> Meteon<sup>®</sup> panels by Trespa used to clad the end walls are guaranteed not to fade.<br> Photo © Trespa International
ACMS altered the ground plans, access and emergency stairs. Photo © Trespa International

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