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Issue #20

ROUND TILED FAÇADES? UNMISTAKEABLE DESIGN!

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Thanks to the tiled façade and its three round layouts, the new supermarket in Oldenburg, Germany, has become an unmistakeable part of the town. A varied sort creates a very special play of colours.
Sectional plan, Supermarkt Oldenburg © Jens Krüger, neun grad architektur
© neun grad architektur
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Exterior, Supermarkt Oldenburg © Jens Krüger, neun grad architektur
© Jens Krüger, neun grad architektur

ROUND TILED FAÇADES? UNMISTAKEABLE DESIGN!

Public Use

Thanks to the tiled façade and its three round layouts, the new supermarket in Oldenburg, Germany, has become an unmistakeable part of the town. A varied sort creates a very special play of colours.

The environment is largely dominated by 1930s and 1950s buildings with the brick façades typical for northern Germany,” explains Lars Frerichs from neun grad architektur on the creation of the draft idea. “Our façade continues this tradition in materiality. With its curvaceous form, the super- market has a sense of identity and individuality, as the neighbouring development is starkly based on rectangular buildings and formal rows of windows.

Exterior, Supermarkt Oldenburg © Jens Krüger, neun grad architektur
© Jens Krüger, neun grad architektur

THREE INTERLINKED CIRCLES

The supermarket, which was completed in spring 2016, was built on the lay- out of three partially interlinked circles as organic architecture. Compared to a conventional rectangular plan, this allowed many more trees to be retained on the 3,000 square metre area. The three circles are clearly visible on the round tiled façade. Even the transitions are dominated by organically curved exposed masonry. Doorways and windows match the building geometry: The architects designed it as a parabolic arch, cut into the external walls with sharp edges.

SURPRISING SENSE OF SPACE

Inside, customers experience a surprising sense of space: A height of up to eight metres gives a feeling of generous width. Customers get a clear idea of where to go directly from layout of the building.

The supermarket is surrounded by a majority of buildings constructed in the 1930s and 1950s that are typical for Northern Germany with their brick façades. In materiality, our façade continues this tradition, allowing it to fit in with the surrounding structures. Yet with its undulating form, the supermarket maintains its own identity as an individual entity.

Lars Frerichs from neun grad architektur

RUSTIC BOND STRENGTHENS ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN

For the outer walls, the architects looked for a facing brick to give a distinctive effect with a lively structure and colour on a largely uninterrupted surface. The very rustic appearance of the varied sort was strengthened further by the architects through the use of rustic bond masonry. Regular lines and samples were consciously avoided.

 

70:30

The special brick appearance of the varied sort is achieved by laying the runner and foot side in a ratio of 70:30 as the face edge.

DISTINCTIVE EFFECT

The unusual form, colour and joining of the masonry areas are offset with a light strip of plaster at the top of the wall and at the tran- sition to the parabolic doorways, which provides a sharp outline to the building.

Facts
  • Project name
    New building of a consumer market, Oldenburg-Kreyenbrück, Germany
  • Architect
    neun grad architektur
  • Used products

    Terca Roßlau in varied sort

  • Year of completion
    2016
Terca Roßlau in varied sort

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Terca Roßlau in varied sort – Germany