Anodized facade by Tilla Theus
Tilla Theus specializes in the design and execution of new buildings in challenging urban contexts. With intellect and imagination, she brings buildings steeped in history into the present day. This was also the case in Unterengstringen, where the decision was made to build a new community center in place of the existing barn. The long gable and the generous entrance area with canopy are reminiscent of the previous building. The architect designed a replacement building with a similar volume but a completely new, unusual shell: anodized aluminum shingles with the emblems of the municipal coat of arms.
Tilla Theus opted for lightweight, durable and maintenance-free aluminum, since punched wooden formwork, as used in the old hay barns, is not durable enough.
“Shapes of plowshares and vine knives were laser cut from the metal shingles. Then it was a matter of mounting the metal elements on the underlying façade level – selectively and invisibly,” says metal construction company Scherrer Metec AG, explaining the project.