The town of Zwenkau, located just south of Leipzig, is home to 9,000 residents. Over the last few years, a new neighbourhood has been developed to the north of the town, offering a high quality of life. Sächsisches Seebad Zwenkau GmbH & Co. KG has created two buildings with offices, restaurants, and holiday homes in a prominent lakeside location by Lake Zwenkau.

Project Details

Project
Harbour building on the Zwenkau headland, Germany
Location
Zwenkau, Germany
Architects
BKS Architekten + Stadtplaner, Trier
Contractor Sächsisches Seebad Zwenkau GmbH & Co. KG
Products used
Wienerberger Terca wet refractory Polaris, long format, light grey,
nuanced, muted
Year of completion   2016

Harbour Building on the Zwenkau Headlands

Harbour Building on the Zwenkau Headlands, © Wienerberger GmbH

Harbour Building on the Zwenkau Headlands

Harbour Building on the Zwenkau Headlands, © Wienerberger GmbH

Harbour Building on the Zwenkau Headlands

Harbour Building on the Zwenkau Headlands, © Wienerberger GmbH

Harbour Building on the Zwenkau Headlands

Harbour Building on the Zwenkau Headlands, © Wienerberger GmbH

Harbour Building on the Zwenkau Headlands

Harbour Building on the Zwenkau Headlands, © Wienerberger GmbH

Harbour Building on the Zwenkau Headlands, © Wienerberger GmbH

Harbour Building on the Zwenkau Headlands, © Wienerberger GmbH

Harbour Building on the Zwenkau Headlands

Harbour Building on the Zwenkau Headlands, © Wienerberger GmbH

Harbour Building on the Zwenkau Headlands

Harbour Building on the Zwenkau Headlands, © Wienerberger GmbH

Harbour Building, Lake Zwenkau

The harbour building was one of the first buildings to be constructed in the area, attracting both locals and tourists. The light grey façade that partially consists of perforated brickwork was constructed using Wienerberger Polaris wet refractory bricks. Three different architectural bureaus were invited to submit their designs. The design by BKS Architekten + Stadtplaner from Trier impressed the most.

Premium Quality, Both Inside and Out

The unostentatious cuboid building is slightly rounded to follow the line of the harbour and is structured around a series of recesses and projections. Balconies on the harbour side appear to be sliding out from the structure. The brick façade encases the building like a fine shell. All the recesses and breaks in the building are plastered in white, highlighting these. On the upper floors, the two buildings are linked by walkways.
 
Besides offices, Building 1 houses the client’s tourist and harbour information centre on the ground floor. It acts as a central point of contact for all visitors. Building 2 accommodates two restaurants on the lower floor. The eleven holiday apartments on the two upper floors are accessible via a balcony walkway that also lets in plenty of light from both the north and south.
 
 
 
"It was important to us to have a clear view and access to the harbour and to maintain a direct connection" Marlene Meerfeld (BKS Architekten + Stadtplaner)

A Sustainable Design

In addition to the excellent quality of the urban planning, the buildings also impress with their technical design. The external walls have a U-value of 0.16 w/(m2K), which exceeds the German EnEV 2014 energy saving regulation by more than 40 percent. The Wienerberger façade has a potential lifespan of many centuries and requires only very little maintenance. The planners chose a combination of façade bricks and plastered surfaces for the building envelope to create high-quality, durable, and environmentally friendly buildings.
 
The Polaris wet refractory bricks further enhance the building’s visual appearance, lending it a sense of vitality. The light is reflected differently, depending on the position of the sun. The façade’s colour changes from light grey to beige and to a warm light brown over the course of the day. The design and materials work together to create a harmonious overall affect.

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