Schaufenster Potsdam by Julian Marbach
Aug 30, 2011
situation 1930_2010 site plan
stacked town_stacked house in the town
section sw-no_elevation from the river
section n-sw_view in direction Alter Markt
elevation Humboldtstrasse_elevation from Palais Barberini
view in direction downtown
Science and research must not be used to create wealth and ever increasing profits for a small proportion of mankind, but should - in view of an ever increasing standard of development - serve to solve social and ecological problems. Rather than aiming at the fastest-possible profit-oriented economic growth we should strive to engage ourselves in working for the benefit of the entire population.
Science and research have to come into the focus of social life so that collective consciousness of the possibilities, the risks and the tasks which the future will involve will be raised.
The SCHAUFENSTER (SHOWROOM) POTSDAM shall contribute to the status of Potsdam as City of Science. On the one hand the SCHAUFENSTER is supposed to integrate science, culture and society and on the other hand it is to provide an innercity platform for presentation and communication for the University of Potsdam with its ca. 26.000 students, the academic institutions with about 9.000 employees as well as for the citizens of the town.
The building which is to be created should be a house that is open and closely connected with the city. This combination of different applications and a variety of users of the house creates new contexts and promotes the scientific and cultural basis of society. The single users meld into a conglomeration preserving, however, their individuality.
Centrally located in the middle of town near the most important bridge over the Havel the SCHAUFENSTER is the gate to the city and - as a landmark - it emphasizes the perception of Potsdam as a city of science and education.
The SCHAUFENSTER is composed of separate white cubes. The individual cube equates the house in the town. Through stacking the boxes on a minimal area a condensed vertical “city in the city” is created. The different levels of the building are adequate to the different districts of a town. You move freely between the separate “houses” across “streets” and “places”. The variability and the possibility of continuously changing combinations of utilization generate new relations leaving scope for “homeowners” and visitors of the town.
Beside the cubes explicitly dedicated to the university or institutes there are open spaces on every level. These provide room for exhibitions, presentations and other events for the users of the surrounding “houses”. Furthermore in the building there are rooms for exhibitions and events for external users, a restaurant with a view over the river, a bistro and an internet and multimedia area plus an auditorium for ca. 200 people in the basement.
Architecture student: Julian Marbach
University: Fachhochschule Potsdam, Germany
Professor: Prof. Manfred Ortner / Dipl.-Ing. Heike Hanada
Semester: March 2011 / Master of Art graduation
Category: cultural building, house
submitted on 2011.08.29
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