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Mainz Markthäuser 11-13 / Massimiliano & Doriana Fuksas

  • 01:00 - 15 September, 2009
Mainz Markthäuser 11-13 / Massimiliano & Doriana Fuksas
Mainz Markthäuser 11-13 / Massimiliano & Doriana Fuksas, © Moreno Maggi
© Moreno Maggi
  • Architects

  • Location

    Mainz, Germany
  • Architects

    Massimiliano & Doriana Fuksas
  • Structure

    Knippers Helbig beratende Ingenieure
  • Site

    Mainz, Germany
  • Client

    Wohnbau Mainz GmbH
  • Budget

    14M Euro
  • Area

    9000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

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From the architect. The building complex is located in the middle of the city center of Mainz, Germany.

Its existing “historical” facade shown to the Cathedral in Mainz and its new facade to the Rebstockplatz compose the entrances to a halfclosed inner courtyard, a weather-protected "Piazzetta". This was designed as a half-open, spatially graduated free space, which extends from the underground level over the ground level and the third level, including terraces and access level for the offices and residences, up to the glass roof.

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The “Piazzetta“ becomes a place of communication between the individual functions of the building. This connection is strengthened by the verticality of the white steles, shaped sculptures which direct the view of the visitor upward and creates a visible connection between the levels.

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All Areas in the ground floor including trade and service are accessible for pedestrians from the atrium space as well as from the streets. An escalator in the atrium brings you into the underground level with its shops. Residences and offices, if not attached directly to the stairways are accessible through indoor pergolas resp. through daylight provided hallways.

© Moreno Maggi
© Moreno Maggi

The new facades are pulled tensionful over the entire building complex equally as an item of clothing over a human body.

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Mainz Markthäuser 11-13 / Massimiliano & Doriana Fuksas" 15 Sep 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/35289/mainz-markthauser-11-13-massimiliano-doriana-fuksas/>