© Zooey Braun

Kinder- und Familienzentrum Ludwigsburg // VON M

Ludwigsburg, Germany

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Photography: Zooey Braun, Stuttgart / www.zooeybraun.deA children’s and family center should arise from an existing residential building and a new building for the city of Ludwigsburg, in the District of Poppenweiler. Functional areas have been developed on 1425 square meters for children from ages between 0 and 6 years – a dining area and kitchen, administrative and utility rooms and rooms for counselling of parents and events.

The existing solid structure is stripped down to the support holding.

© Zooey Braun

© Zooey Braun

Disturbing attachments, bay windows and roof overhangs are removed in order to support a clear and concise appearance. New openings are developed where the original openings were prior to the remodelling; merely the window dimensions are consistently adjusted to a standard, surface low format. The house is thus reduced to a clear cubature and appears as a solid, massive stucco building.

Existing spatial structures are largely retained within the area of the family center and selectively adapted to the requirements of the new residence and administrative offices.

© Zooey Braun

© Zooey Braun

The original existing staircase, however, smoothly connects the new circulation core, the Old – and Newbuilding on their staggered levels.The new building clearly speaks its own contemporary language, but also proportionally takes materiality motifs from the environment. As a timber building it stands in distinct contrast to the existing building and alluding to the changing surfaces of the adjacent buildings.

© Zooey Braun

© Zooey Braun

Despite the clear demarcation of material and construction caused by new and old buildings, the new lot confidently asserts itself within theheterogeneous environment, consciously picks up its rural character and is reinterpreted.The differentiation of the two parts of the building is also reflected in the interior. In the new building, all surfaces are executed in brightly varnished three-layer panels made of spruce, so that a bright, friendly and generous atmosphere is created.

© Zooey Braun

© Zooey Braun

The design of the rooms is determined by the use of light, spaciously
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© Zooey Braun

© Zooey Braun

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