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Citizen Service Center of the City of Ulm / Bez+Kock Architekten

Citizen Service Center of the City of Ulm / Bez+Kock Architekten

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  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Bez+Kock Architekten
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2019
  • Photographer Created with Sketch.
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Alu, Claris, DormaKaba, EVVA, FSB, Fa. Betonwerkstein Bayer, Heradesign, ICS, Kemmlit, Keramag, Keuco Plan, LED, Ogro, Primo Kn, RENTEX, Renova No. 1 Plan, Ulmer Klinke, Villeroy & Boch, Zinco, Zumtobel, superfine
  • Project Team

    Volker Eisele, Jonas Lenz, Jan Elsenhans, Meredith Atkinson, Maria Dallinger, Christopher Horn, Erik Bossog, Annika Heise
  • Clients

    City of Ulm, Zentrales Gebäudemanagement, Ulm
  • Local construction management

    Ernst2 Architekten, Standort Ulm
  • Project management

    Drees & Sommer GmbH, Betriebsstätte Ulm
  • Structural Engineering

    wh-p Ingenieure AG, Stuttgart
  • Building services engineering and building automation

    Rentschler und Riedesser Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH, Filderstadt
  • Building physics

    EGS-plan Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH, Stuttgart
  • Landscape

    silands Gresz + Kaiser Landschaftsarchitektur PartG, Ulm
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Text description provided by the architects. The new construction of the Citizen Service Center of the City of Ulm brings together municipal services spread over several sites in one structure, making it the “second town hall” of the city. The building is located only a few metres away from Ulm Main Station, on Olgastrasse, a busy street which traces the perimeter of the medieval city wall.

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© Bez+Kock Architekten

Rising above a two-storey base, a five-storey tower arranges itself concisely in the silhouette of public buildings along Olgastrasse. The light gray, stringent in-situ concrete façade grid has been manually bush- hammered on its whole surface by a stonemason, the edges along the window apertures were chared. Thus the beige coloured Jura stone (also called “Ulm white”), used as a concrete aggregate, was exposed on the concrete’s surface and gives the façade a valuable appearance and a regional focus.

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Ground floor plan
Ground floor plan
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Together with the neighbouring Chamber of Crafts the new building is frames a small plaza and the public entrance. The visitor is welcomed by a two-storey hall, whose two levels are spatially linked by an open flight of stairs and a circumferential gallery. Concrete cores with bush-hammered surfaces divide the interior space. The waiting area for citizens is located in the middle of the hall as well as along the gallery, whereas individual service counters are arranged towards the margins of the building. The geometrical clarity of the white varnished, custom-built fittings together with the bright red felt of the seat cushions and acoustic boards, and the light anodized drop ceilings create a fine and well-lit atmosphere.

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Section
Section
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The flooring of polished terrazzo also includes the locally quarried Jura stone. The perimeter of the medieval city wall and a gunpowder tower, which were discovered and exposed during the excavation works for the project, have been traced discretely in the terrazzo flooring of the foyer. Two original wall segments of the historic city wall could be rescued and implemented in-situ on the ground floor. Thus the history of the location is made legible and tangible in this “house of the citizens.”

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Whereas the highly-frequented functional areas are located close to the central hall, the departments with less visitor traffic are accommodated in the five upper storeys of the tower. Each two storeys of the tower are interlinked with atria, achieving spatial interconnection within the tower interior. On the top floor, a recessed balcony with a view of the old town of Ulm and its commanding cathedral has been realized. As per the guidelines of the City of Ulm, the Center was built based on the German “Passivhaus” (low-energy) standard.

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Project location

Address: Olgastrasse 66. 89073 Ulm, Germany

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Cite: "Citizen Service Center of the City of Ulm / Bez+Kock Architekten" 31 Aug 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/923884/citizen-service-center-of-the-city-of-ulm-bez-plus-kock-architekten/> ISSN 0719-8884
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