The Western German city of Paderborn is the home of the Alucobond-clad canteen by Matern Wäschle Architekten. The oval-oriented structure is part of a massive development for the two largest schools in Paderborn, the Pelizaeus and Reismann Secondary Schools.
The school’s campus provides a public space, building an open access point from a popular residential area to the Paderborn historic city center. The canteen’s oval form seamlessly interacts with the existing buildings and offers an attractive addition to the new campus.
The dynamic façade was designed to optimize energy consumption. Its form was purposeful, providing the optimal orientation of the insulated envelope in an attempt to create an ecologically sound and energy-saving structure.
The building, which appears minimal in size, accommodates a wide range of functions over its three floors. The structure allows room for full-time students, activity space for parents and teachers and a sports club. Additionally, the basement level has two multi-functioning sports rooms while the ground level and upper floor allow space for a cafeteria and auditorium.
The building is enveloped in large Alucobond Spectra Sakura panels. Our European counterparts who worked closely on the project describe, “The significant form features Alucobond panels up to nearly 20 feet in length, which enabled a precise joint pattern and the exterior’s elegant appearance. The bracing of the sub-structure was effectuated in stainless steel to minimize the thermal bridge.”
Alucobond Spectra is a series of lustrous finishes that interact with natural daylight as well as focal viewpoint. The Sakura finish is particularly impressive as this finish ranges from purple to green hues, offering a truly interactive exterior design.
photography ©Matern Wäschle Architekten, Paderborn