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Golden Christmas Market Stalls, Germany

Golden Christmas Market Stalls, GermanyGolden Christmas Market Stalls, Germany
Chris Hodson

A new concept for Lübeck’s Christmas Market - This project received a ‘Special Prize’ for innovation in a design competition to promote Lübeck as the ‘Christmas City of Northern Germany’, with the aim of attracting more visitors.

It proposes a series of seasonal, temporary kiosks - each resembling a bevelled amber washed up on the ‘shores’ of Lübeck’s Christmas market. A poetic diversity is intended by sprinkling a number of these stalls within the city, rather than creating a monotonous linearity of cubicles. The multifaceted shapes of the stalls will generate exciting spaces and alleys between and there are no unattractive backs. The stalls will all open in all directions, communicating with each other and with Lübeck’s historic architecture. Their disposition within the city will create expanded entry points to the alleys of the Christmas market leading to a pivotal central square. Like islands within the flow of visitors, the golden shapes create wide and narrow spaces to pass through.

Each ‘Golden Christmas Stall’ can be subdivided for flexible space allocation. When open, counters are illuminated, giving a clear signal of activity and open shutters become sheltering canopies. Panels of a golden coloured copper alloy clad the stalls in panels, subdivided vertically for ease of erection and transportation. Each panel surface is embossed with a pattern of bubbles giving it a lively texture. As a result, the warm colour and light reflections help in creating a festive feel. The roof and fifth surface is made of translucent polycarbonate, back-lit panels, illuminating the sky above the Christmas market. When the stalls are closed, the light from the roofs is pulsating, anticipating the dawn of the next day.

The first ‘Golden Christmas Stall’ was built for the 2009 market, a tangible symbol of this new concept, still awaiting full realisation.

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Building

Completion date: 
2009
Country: 
Germany
City: 
Lübeck
Location: 

Categories

Applications: 
Facades
Facades/panels
Panels
Roofs
Type of building: 
Commercial, trading
Copper used: 
Golden alloy
Estate: 
New

Architect

Name, office: 
ARCHTM Ingenieure

Copper contractors

Title: 
Cavier + Sohn
Address & description: 
Copper product: TECU® Gold

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