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Library in Litzendorf, Germany

Chris Hodson

Clever detailing and construction enables copper alloy ribbed mesh to seamlessly envelope both the facades and roofs of this library building, adding richness, texture and depth evenly across all its surfaces.

 

The new building aims to give an iconic civic focus to the German town of Litzendorf, as part of an urban development promotion programme. It provides a new community centre including a library, exhibition and presentation rooms, and offices. The result of an architectural competition, architects H²M’s design for the 3-storey library is a prominent landmark defined by its crisp edged crystalline form, veiled in a golden copper alloy mesh, interrupted only by deep-set, glazed incisions.

Seamless Continuity

Achieving surface continuity across walls and pitched roofs proved no easy feat. The facades were conceived as freeventilated curtain-wall constructions with waterproof mineral wool insulation over a concrete wall structure, protected by a facing sheet. Panels of copper alloy ribbed mesh were then fixed to the outside on a sub-structure incorporating clampsprings to allow for tolerances demanded by the mesh. The specialist installer likened the installation and alignment of mesh panels to: “papering with decorative wallpapers. You have to do it very precisely and look after both horizontal and vertical sides at the same time.”

Then, the transition from façade to roof is almost seamless, with a gutter hidden above copper-alloy sheet formed cappings which contain the façade mesh. Below the copper alloy roofing mesh is a standard copper covering fully supported by a substrate, insulated beneath. Copper downpipes are cleverly concealed in the void behind the mesh facades.

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Building

Owner: 
Litzendorf city
Completion date: 
2014
Country: 
Germany
Zip code: 
96123
City: 
Litzendorf
Street: 
Am Wehr 6
Location: 

Categories

Applications: 
Facades
Roofs
Transparent structures
Type of building: 
Cultural
Educational
Copper used: 
Golden alloy

Architect

Name, office: 
H²M
Address & description: 
H2M Architekten+Stadtplaner GmbHBuchbindergasse 5.95326 Kulmbach, Germany

Copper contractors

Title: 
Fleischer Metallfaszinationen TECU*Gold

Awards

Season: 
2015

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