Regular readers of The Ecospot will know how much of an obsession we have with all things hexagonal. We have written about the lovely hexagon here, here and here and my own watch is the white hexagonal Kisai Spider. So, we are always delighted when we see the joy of hex spreading around a little. These wonderful offices by Format Elf Architekten in Germany are certainly spreading the hexagon about – all around the single storey building in fact.
But even though the pattern is delightful, it serves not only as a decorative treatment, but as a solar gain control screen which has been computer generated. The perforated hexagonal facade relates to the natural shading components, ie, the trees, and has larger openings where shade is already existing. Where the facade is more open, the shading perforations have been adjusted accordingly.
This change in the hexagonal facade allows for a gentle ebb and flow of pattern across the building, but in a way which is completely linked to it’s surroundings – not an aesthetic treatment alone.
The choice to use aluminium is also closely linked to the previous activities in the town, which used to house a major aluminium manufacturing plant.
A really lovely example of how design can be aesthetically beautiful and also be contextually driven also – one should not be divorced from the other.
(photo by Bettina Kirmeier)