wulf architekten : Canteen and media centre, Darmstadt - best architects 23

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Canteen and media centre, Darmstadt

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education buildings


Darmstadt, Germany


Brigida González


The new building for the canteen and media centre is designed as a freestanding two-storey volume with a square footprint. Located in the immediate vicinity of the newly restructured Vocational School Centre North, it defines the entrance onto the campus. With its load-bearing structure of timber, folded glass façades, and cladding of perforated black corrugated metal, the canteen has an open and elegant appearance. A cafeteria and the media centre as well as seminar and office rooms for the adult education centre are located on the ground floor. A sculpturally curved stair in the centre of the building leads to the upper floor, which contains the canteen with its serving area and a dining hall that can accommodate around 300 guests. The support structure shapes the spatial impression of the interior, consisting of an orthogonal grid of glulam beams. This 3x3-metre grid establishes the basic module for the overall structural concept. Each module is associated with a seating group that comprises a table and six chairs as a reference size. This creates an area that fosters communication and has a dining room character. The entire geometry of the floor plan is rotated by 45 degrees in relation to the building edges, resulting in the serrated contour. The material concept – with wood, exposed concrete, glass and metallic surfaces – generates an upscale and pleasant atmosphere throughout. Wrap-around balconies offer additional seating outside.