Dannien Roller Architekten + Partner:  Extension and conversion of a residential and commercial building - best architects 22

Dannien Roller Architekten + Partner

Extension and conversion of a residential and commercial building

best architects 22

renovation and addition


Tübingen, Germany


Dietmar Strauß


Identity-defining architecture as bridge between the past and present

Dannien Roller Architekten + Partner’s conversion of the neoclassic residential and commercial building with a single-storey extension in Tübingen’s historic centre undertaken in 2019/2020 is a successful example of architecture integrating into a historical context while still retaining autonomy of style.
A transparent façade with generous windows leads into the architecture practice’s reception area with interlaced apertures through open timber frames offering glimpses of different levels in the open-plan office. Created by lowering the old building’s floor slab, the mezzanine houses technical installations and bathrooms. The new building, where the library and offices are located among other spaces, is impressive with its bare masonry aesthetic. Wall surfaces in the old building feature unfinished, coloured plaster. Colour accents such as the brass railings, silver curtains and the neon yellow kitchen counter are used to powerful effect.
The new angled building contrasts with the rear of the old building with its modern architectural language, yet forms a natural, integral part of the existing topography. The open inner courtyard emulates a typical element of the Tübingen urban structure. Unfinished plaster in subtle colours matches the natural stone walls in the surrounding area. The green roofscape and tiers contrast with the sculptural building, which is embedded deferentially into the slope along the Schulberg terraces.