City Plaza is the centrepiece of a large redevelopment, seamlessly linking Wuppertal’s railway station and city centre for pedestrians. It forms part of an assembly of impressive historical buildings which define the remodelled square in front of the station. Close to the new building is the well-known textile trading street ‘Hofaue’ – from which textile products were sold all over the world until the 1960s – and the inclined, undulating facades playfully suggest a fabric curtain in recognition of this history.
TREATED BRASS SURFACE
City Plaza’s concave and convex curved façades are clad with brass panels which alternate with the glass of the curtain wall, lifting the look and feel of the area alongside major improvements to the surrounding public realm. The brass composite panels, generally about 970 x 2,400mm, were treated with a vibration pre- sanding, burnished and coated after the final sanding to preserve the surface. In addition, some panels were punched with square holes, adding texture and lightness to the brass.
The project was awarded the prestigious German Polis Award, ‘Regenerated Town Centres’ category, in 2016.