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Going through walls
3/7/2010

The new building for the Waiblingen Art College and Galerie Stihl, located in the immediate vicinity of the old town center, are the pinnacle of cultural buildings here, some 15 kilometers northeast of Stuttgart.

The two, roughly 6-meter high largely single-storey buildings, that somehow resemble halls, are actually separate units and yet were consistently developed as a joint built structure. Since natural light plays a key role both when viewing artworks and when creating art, the structure of the skin of both buildings is defined by light and light permeability. The building consists of a translucent three-layer skin made of figured glass elements by Lamberts and a translucent heat insulation made from Wacotech glass web.

Given the buildings translucent material qualities, during the day they seem very light and restrained compared to their historical surroundings. Only at night, when the buildings are illuminated from within, do the entire structure gleam and shimmer.

Inside the art college or gallery during the day, the façade casts diffuse daylight around the rooms, meaning that the artworks are evenly lit up. From within, the façade resembles a diffuse wall of fog you can simply step through.

The interplay of functional requirements and ingenious design as achieved by Stuttgart architect Hartwig N. Schneider ensures the building has a striking atmosphere. The borderline between inside and outside gets blurred, diffuse, and thus invisible.

www.lamberts.info
www.wacotech.de


photo © Christine Keinath, Kunstschule Waiblingen/Galerie Stiehl, Waiblingen, Germany
photo © Christine Keinath, Kunstschule Waiblingen/Galerie Stiehl, Waiblingen, Germany
photo © Christine Keinath
photo © Wacotech
photo © Christine Keinath
photo © Christine Keinath
photo © Christine Keinath
photo © Christine Keinath

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