Sparkasse Ulm, Germany

brick facade modern windows detail view Sparkasse Ulm
Sparkasse Ulm, Germany © Roland Halbe

Architects LRO Lederer Ragnarsdóttir Oei GmbH & Co. KG, Germany
Location Ulm, Germany
Construction period 2013 to 2015
Nomination category Working together
Purpose Offices
Usable floor area 3.592 m²
Brick type Facing bricks

The new building of the Sparkasse Ulm bank is located on the edge of the city centre,  not far from the cathedral. Together with the old brick building “Neuer Bau” [“New Building”], it represents the entrance to the “Neue Mitte” [“New Centre”], a project to upgrade  parts of the city scarred by the  war. The architects were tasked with creating a building that both ties in  with the “Neuer Bau” and represents the modernity of the 21st century. They therefore decided to use expressive components, such as a high arcade or zigzag formed windows. The windows create a special effect, as the building’s surroundings are mirrored in them like a kaleidoscope and, on the inside, they create a pleasant atmosphere in the small offices. On the front end of the building, there are extraordinary windowpanes that lead subdued sunbeams into the hallway. The idea behind the whole project was to combine sustainability, reusability and adaptability. So the façade is made of used, recycled bricks with an earth-coloured, irregular surface to represent  sustainability on the one hand and longevity on the other hand.

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