London-based practice Acme has unveiled these images of a proposed 19,200m2 mixed-use shopping and housing development in the town of Weilburg, Germany
The 19 million euro scheme, which came second in an architectural competition but won an all-important public vote, also includes doctors’ surgeries and 280 parking spaces, replacing an existing hillside car park. Backed by the town’s Mayor, the Rathaus Terrassen (town hall terraces) project is still awaiting funding.
Describing the scheme, the practice said: ‘Similar to the strongly layered geological rock visible around the site context, the building envelope is structured in horizontal layers. The fine scale of layers allows the envelope to change gradually from vertical to horizontal orientation and invites different forms of use and inhabitation on its surface.
‘The horizontally organised reconstituted stone fins work as a rain screen cladding that allows for daylight and natural ventilation of open areas such as corridors and the car park while providing sun shading for other functions.’