Posted: 12 Sep 2013 08:59 AM PDT
The railway station in Hamburg-Barmbek is one of the city’s most important traffic hubs with 60,000 passengers passing through on every working day. A new bus terminal is being built there at the moment. The engineers at formTL gmbh in Radolfzell were responsible for designing the V-shaped illuminated canopy for the bus platform. It appears to almost hover – mounted on slender supports, with illuminated, air-filled foil cushions. The first of two construction stages was completed at the end of 2011.
The concept provides for sensitive encroachments into the fundamental structure of the railway station and station wall that offer an expedient solution in organisational terms. New entrance structures are being added to the main western and eastern ticket halls and these will produce urbanistic links between the northern and southern quarters of the city. Designed to complement its historical archetype at the northern end of the station, a new brick-walled construction at the southern end of the station provides an architectural link between the entrances, giving the building a homogeneous appearance. New transfer canopies with integrated lighting are being built over the bus platforms at both ends of the station. The new development concept optimises the internetworking between the various modes of transport – railway, bus, taxi and bicycle – to create a station of short distances.
Canopy made of foil cushions
New, elongated canopies over the transfer areas ensure that passengers can get to Hamburg’s local public transport busses without any stress and sheltered from the weather, with routes that are brightly illuminated, even at night. Installed high above the ground, the canopies are completely made of steel and foil. They comprise Y-shaped supports, spaced 15 metres apart, and wing panels with integrated cushions lying on top of them.
The Y-supports are made of thick-walled round pipe with Y-shaped cast nodes and two cantilever arms made of conical round pipe. They stand on special fixed-ended feet that have been built onto concrete pillars. 15 metres long and 8.5 metres wide, each wing consists of a central gutter support, two edge supports and wing supports welded between them every 2.5 metres. The fields between the wing supports, which are inclined at different angles, are filled with ETFE foil cushions. The ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) used by formTL is an extremely high-resistance plastic foil that contains no plasticisers and weighs just 600 g/m². Produced as a white foil, the high-tech material retains its translucent properties, allowing 40 percent of the visible light spectrum to pass through and casts a pleasant shadow during the daylight hours. Although invisible, the fluorescent tubes that are integrated into the edge supports of the steel structure provide gentle brightness along the rows of bus stops and convey a feeling of security. The lamps can be accessed from the outside, either directly or via flaps. All stainless steel media lines are routed through the supporting structure, out of sight.
One 55 metre long canopy section and another measuring 115 metres in length were completed at the southern end of the station by the end of 2011. Work will be commencing at the northern end of the station in the spring of 2012, where another 265 metres of steel/foil canopy will be installed. Then, at the latest, the railway station at Hamburg-Barmbek will become a distinctive landmark in the district with its hovering wings of light.
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Posted: 12 Sep 2013 07:45 AM PDT
The view is one of a kind. You might imagine you're in South America or upstate New York, and it is really hard to believe that Basel is just 25 minutes away. As the last house to be built in Nuglar, in the canton of Solothurn, House D is privileged. It is oriented parallel to the landscape, thereby making the view a matter of prime importance. Across more than 180 degrees, you gaze over unbuilt, verdant land with mature fruit trees. HHF radically exploits this situation, thematizes it, and accentuates it even more with a few simple moves: The main level is an open space – with the kitchen as well as dining and living areas – and alongside a concrete core, the stair to the upper and lower floors. The space is entirely glazed and blends seamlessly with the space outdoors.
The outdoor space itself is an oversized terrace. No more but also no less. The client, who lives here since the beginning of 2012, explicitly did not want a garden that he would have to maintain. And so he got a terrace with wood decking and a pool. Because the terrain slopes downward slightly, the wood deck is elevated, which protects the main living space from the curious glances of passers-by.
The large terrace, which is emphasized through a simple gesture, is symbolic for the subtle radicalism with which HHF has approached the building task. The entire house is kept very simple, which is also manifested in the three basic materials: glass, wood and concrete. The simple and straightforward treatment of the outdoor space has its counterpart in an equally uncompromising interior. HHF is interested in working with what is available; they are not bent on developing elaborate details when industrially made products can be tailored to their needs. But they submit to the temptation to develop their own details when the market does not have something suitable available.
The untreated wood of the ceilings and doors exhibits a raw immediacy that you would not expect to see in an exclusive home in a location like this. But any claim that House D is simple would be toying with the word. The house comprises 241 m2 of usable floor area on three floors, with three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a gym, an office, and the living spaces mentioned at the outset. A separate garage with space for four cars and direct access into the house completes the list.
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ARCHITECT HHF Architects
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