Saxony State Exhibition 2020

Saxony State Exhibition 2020

Architect
AFF Architekten
Location
Zwickau, Germany | View Map
Project Year
2020
Category
Exhibitions
Hans-Christian Schink

Saxony State Exhibition 2020

AFF Architekten as Architects

Saxony is the cradle of industrialization in Germany. With the decision to host the flagship exhibition on the 500-year history of industrial culture in the historic Audi-Hall in Zwickau, a concept for a temporary entrance building was sought, which would not only meet the technical requirements of high visitor flows, but also meet the questions of sustainability in our time. The implemented design concept of AFF Architekten goes beyond this, as it includes the process of disassembly and the re-usage of all materials afterwards. It uses existing industrial goods and combines them into a building with an inclusive ramp system, to welcome visitors to the exhibition and lead them into the former assembly and production hall.

All new building volumes are made from used sea containers, which will be brought back into circulation after the disassembly. All supporting structures are made from reusable scaffolding trusses, reusable steel construction modules, or wood as a sustainable material. The furnishing elements, such as counters and lockers made from toolboxes or seating furniture made from car tires, consistently follow a holistic design concept of re-use. Topics such as industrial heritage, product exchange and recycling processes thus become legible as design-determining aesthetics.

The entry ramp provides a barrier free entry and a guide path for the blind aesthetically included in the overall design, provides further accessibility.

The existing building designed for Audi-Union AG 1938-39, was built with the aim of greatest possible savings and the goal of a construction with as little iron as possible. Thus, all of today's renovation works were made with the same principle in mind, in order to emphasize the original character and value of the building and to not use more material or energy than really needed.

The whole building, all of its components and the refurbishment of the existing building, follow a circular concept of re-use, zero-waste and inclusion.

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