Prefabricated in Wood: Attic Expansion for the Academy of Arts in Münster
The new supporting structure for the roof echoes the historical hipped design. It consists of prefabricated wood-rib elements; the undersides have been covered with untreated laminated veneer timber. The wooden cladding continues on the walls and floor, creating a modest space that accentuates the contrast between old and new.
To allow natural illumination of the studios, the architects have employed a clever trick: they have added a band of glazing between the eaves and the roof. In this area, a girder takes on the roof load and distributes it to the existing masonry work. A sophisticated solution was found for airing the space as well. The ventilation flaps are discreetly hidden in the eaves cornices. The hypocaust heating system integrated in the wall provides a pleasant atmosphere; the extendible glare screen allows even lighting. Thanks to the prefabricated components, the installation of the new wooden construction took just five days for each studio.