The Schlaues Haus, Oldenburg, Germany
Behnisch Architekten Pohl Architekten

The Schlaues Haus is a public building for the display of the surrounding region’s scientific expertise. Situated in the Oldenburg‘s city centre, the building’s ground level serves also as a tourist information centre. The idea of a “Smart House“ is reflected in the energy efficient, sustainable concept of the building. 

In planning, sustainability begins with the choice of the site. „Schlaues Haus“ is situated in an historic city district. It comprises the oldest building in town - a bourgeois edifice dating from the 16th century, long since empty. The historic landmark has now undergone a renovation and expansion. Visitors embark on an architectural journey that encompasses five centuries of advancement and evolution in passing through the existing, old building to the modern day lit structure. It is here that the crux of sustainability is centred - in the bracket that links the oldest building in town with the most progressive one – where the preservation and improvement of an historically-listed architectural landmark occurs in synergy with the successful implementation of innovative and progressive energy efficiency. 

The ensemble consisting of the old building and its addition fits harmoniously into the surroundings. The split level organization allows users to experience the transition between the existing and the new building through the use of levels and voids. 

Facing the park is the innovative, new South facade, with its integrated sun protection and partly photovoltaic elements. The building envelope was developed on the basis of energy and climate simulations, and thus ensures an optimum balance of solar gain in the summer with minimal heat loss in the winter. A daylight corridor serves as a solar chimney and supports the use of natural ventilation and fume exhaust. The energy for heating and cooling is generated with a heat pump and through the use of geothermal installations. 

More projects by this architect

Enter Here

No Comments

Terms & Conditions   |   Privacy policy   |   Cookie Policy