There are few areas where this change must be implemented as wisely and as carefully as in the field of architecture, where a welcoming, attractive ambience and affordability are just as important as environmentally-friendliness and energy efficiency. Only if these criteria are balanced innovative solutions can unleash their full impact and produce a result that combines a high quality of life with sustainability and appealing aesthetics.
This edition of architectum shows how this can be done. The case studies presented here include a number of projects involving work on historic protected buildings, such as the re-roofing of Europe’s largest brick-built church in Gdansk, Poland, or the new buildings that have been erected in the grounds of the former Turley barracks in Mannheim, Germany. These examples show how innovative concepts and materials can be used in a way that preserves the unique character of the buildings by respecting the historical heritage while at the same time creating completely new qualities. This holistic approach is a vital prerequisite for functional aesthetics and thus for a sustainable quality of life.