Ingenhoven architects : Mairie et crèche

Winner of the competition launched by the Municipality of Freiburg (Germany) in 2013, the local agency ingenhoven architects has just delivered a nursery and the new town hall of the city. All of them dressed in wood, the two new circular constructions blend perfectly with their wooded environment and offer quality public spaces.

The project of nursery and town hall - replacing the old one built in the 1960 years, now obsolete - led by the studio ingenhoven architects is also part of the will of this town located a few kilometers from the famous black forest in Germany to provide city dwellers with the greenest possible environment.

On a large plot of 20 000 meters located between Eschholz Park and the university campus of the hospital, the master builders imagine a large garden, open to residents, where nestle the two discreet public buildings.


At the south-east corner of the land, surrounded by two busy roads, a large mineral forecourt introduces the new Town Hall to the frank and imposing volumetry. This cylinder of seven levels - one of which in the basement -, hosts on 24 000 square meters of surface: conference rooms, canteen and offices. At its heart is a planted inner courtyard providing light to the workspaces and a safe haven for employees. Its facade, entirely covered with photovoltaic panels and wood, protects the workers from the sun while producing electricity used for the operation of the establishment.

On the same model, the day-care center, located in the north-west of the zone, takes place in a circular structure, smaller in circumference and in height, with two levels, housing in its center a space of recreation and outside the passageways camouflaged by a wooden cladding.

A simple operation and respectful of the natural environment.

To learn more, visit the ingenhoven architects site

Photographs: HG Esch: Ingehoven architects / HG Esch

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