The city of Kassel is partly built on several hills. When walking through the city, because of the slopes you perceive the several layers of buildings that form the city.This experience is very intense in our building area, because of the fact that there are a lot of high-rise buildings. You can choose to walk along with the layers, but you can also pierce through them by walking through one of the little portals that lead from the street to other streets and courtyards.
My building completes the layer- structure of the area. The layers now curl up to be meanders and nautili. The parking place behind the U- shaped bank building is divided in to four courtyards and squares, each with a different atmosphere that is partly created by the building. There is a private, green courtyard connecting to living spaces, a square, a smaller courtyard connecting to offices, and a parking yard, next to the large garage.
The building determines routing from and to these spaces.
The layered structure is continued in the plan of the building and is deciding for its design. The walls of the building form layers that divide spaces, so that different atmospheres and orientations towards public space exist. The walls are made of materials that form a plane, but that make it also partly transparent. There are layers of wooden lamellas and of woven metal sheets. In the eastern wing of the building, there are apartments with loggias that look out over the green living courtyard. These are split- level apartments: the side orientated to the square is higher so that nobody can look in to your house unwanted, while the other side connects to the courtyard so you can walk straight in to a garden.
The south and west wing are office space, with apartments on the two top levels. These dwellings have exterior spaces like roof patios and balconies. The interior of the offices is also decided by the layered structure: there are larger spaces and more private offices. In this manner, there is a large diversity in interior spaces.