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Dietrich Untertriffaler Architekten & Christian Schmoelz, Losada Garcia Arquitectos, Erich Stolz & Dietrich Untertrifaller Architekten

Our Favourites: Three Exciting Facades Made of Ceramic Elements

We show you three cultural buildings for the public whose ceramic facades allow glimpses into the interior: a city library hidden behind a ceramic bookcase, a cultural center in Spain with a ceramic veil to provide shade, and a House of Music in Innsbruck clad in dark shimmering ceramic rods.

A Bookshelf as Living Room: Public Library by Dietrich Untertrifaller and Christian Schmoelz

The storey-high glass façade of the public library by Dietrich Untertrifaller in Dornbirn is shrouded by a curtain layer containing 8,000 ceramic batons that symbolise books. Along with an open-access library, a first-rate digital media centre awaits young and older users inside.

Client: Stadt Dornbirn
Architecture: Dietrich | Untertrifaller Architekten mit Christian Schmoelz
Project management: Peter Nußbaumer, Christopher Braun
Location: Schulgasse 44, 6850 Dornbirn (AT)

Art Behind a Ceramic Veil: Cultural Centre in Navalmoral

The new cultural centre in Navalmora, western Spain, consists of five irregularly stacked blocks. Designed by Losada Garcia Arquitectos, an architectural office based in the town, the building is an object lesson in cultural facilities that are distinctive in look but also reasonable in price.

Client: Stadt Navalmoral de la Mata und Provinz Cáceres
Architecture: Losada Garcia Arquitectos

A Cube Clad in Ceramic: House of Music in Innsbruck

With its dark, shimmering outer skin, the newly erected House of Music consciously sets itself off from the light-coloured facades of the historical neighbouring structures. The outer walls are clad with glazed iridiscent ceramic bands that change in colour from a reddish-­brown to black, depending on the incidence of light. At the same time, the varying extruded sections create an interplay of vertical linear lines that is continued in the upper parts of the development in the form of a strip facade.

Client: Innsbrucker Immobiliengesellschaft
Architecture: Erich Strolz, Dietrich Untertrifaller Architekten
Structural engineering: TOMS Ziviltechniker, Wien
Location: Universitätsstraße 1, 6020 Innsbruck (AT)

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