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Euroglas: the new Gütersloh theatre gets solar and thermal protection

2012-08-06 | Building applications

Gütersloh is the site of the first ‘vertical theatre’ in Germany: a concise, white cube which opens up like a huge shop window on the city. Its fully glazed front façade makes the internal sculptures visible from the outside and, in the evening, turns the entire building into a stage. The construction of the theatre posed major challenges to the design engineers, which were, in the end, overcome using triple glazing from Euroglas, which combines solar and thermal protection.

The spiral shaped staircase, made from in-situ concrete, opening out as it rises, was formed in the traditional way and anchored to a concrete pillar to allow for the anticipated vertical vibrations
An unusual new building has been created on the western edge of Gütersloh’s city centre after a period of construction lasting two years and which, at first sight, does not look like a theatre because of its cube design. This is because, unlike conventional theatre structures in which the various functions are arranged horizontally, here they are organized vertically in the imposing cube. The main reasons for this were a tight cost framework and the limited space of the construction site within the centre f the city, covering an area of just approximately 100 to 150 square metres, which was also intended to leave space for the theatre square. Therefore the Hamburg-based firm of PFP Architekten developed a totally new type of construction: a ‘culture cube’ which soars upwards and layers the various function areas vertically on top of each other over a small area. This principle reduces the volume of developed space and also provides for flexible use, which is separate from the running of the theatre.

White room composition in the display window

The design translates the ‘theatre’ theme to a cohesive space facing the stage and combines the relationship between building and city space: on three sides the compact cube is seen as a solid and self-contained structure with the exception of narrow slit windows and two protruding elements, whilst the show front facing the theatre square is designed as a transparent glazed curtain. This enables the internal structure of the buildi...


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