The new residential quarter on Hansaallee follows the sloping terrain and features plateaus aligned with the roads. Forming part of the ensemble, a six-story passivhaus with 35 apartments will be built next to a grove of chestnut trees. The compact volume is inspired by the massive quality of the building opposite – the new faculty buildings at Campus Westend – and the high energy standard, which calls for optimization of the relationship between building shell and content.
The highly insulated facades are symmetrical in structure, and are characterized by extensive reduction. Vertical rectangular triple-glazed windows are set deeply into the smooth plaster. Emerging from the facade, deep jambs emphasize the middle. Window ledges, roof parapet and loggias are made of concrete. So as to avoid thermal bridges the loggias are set slightly away from the building. Barrier-free access and the load-bearing structure located in the facade permit flexible footprints. Providing comfortable living for all generations there is direct access to the underground car park below the building.