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Buchen Parish Hall Extension, Germany

Bernd Zimmermann

The objective of the conceptual design was to improve the spatial situation of the building ensemble and to remain within the financial limits of the parish.

The new building is placed on the site to create a courtyard around which all other premises of the parish are arranged. It accommodates the offices, a conference room, copy room and a lavatory, and is designed as a stand-alone building. An entrance at ground level, independent from the church hall, was chosen. To provide access to the church hall for handicapped people, an elevator is planned for a second building phase.

Interventions with the existing parish hall were kept to a minimum due to financial limitations. The southern extension is preserved and now houses the kitchen and storage room. This relocation makes an enlargement of the church hall possible.

Only a new foyer, which also gives access to the rooms in the basement via an existing staircase, is added. There, in a second building phase, two storage rooms are converted to a room for the young parish members, simply by adding a new façade facing the atrium. The advantage of a separate access makes the rooms independently usable.

A large shared roof connects all functional units of the parish and supports the communication on the courtyard.

The construction of the building is planned with elements of thick wood.  These elements have great advantages in building physics and are easy to pre-fabricate, resulting in a short building phase. On the inside, both ceilings and walls are fabricated with a wooden surface finish. On the outside, the elements are covered with insulation and clad with maintenance-free tecu® classic, brass and bronze panel sheets by kme.

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Building

Owner: 
Ev Kirchengemeinde Buchen
Completion date: 
2010
Country: 
Germany
Zip code: 
74722
City: 
Buchen
Street: 
Am Ruhlingshof 3
Location: 

Categories

Applications: 
Facades
Facades/fascia
Facades/panels
Panels
Type of building: 
Churches, religious
Other
Copper used: 
Classic
Brass
Bronze
Estate: 
New

Architect

Name, office: 
bernd zimmermann_architekten
Address & description: 
Rheinlandstrasse 10, D-71636, Germany

Copper contractors

Title: 
Spenglerei Hepp GmbH
Address & description: 
Vitael-Daelen-Strasse 1, 63911 Klingenberg, Germany

Awards

Season: 
2011
Description: 

Am Ruhlingshof 3, 74722 Buchen, Germany

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