The aim of this project was to optimise the visibility of the new Town Hall while retaining the view of the neighbouring Saint Ludan Chapel, which is a landmark at the western entrance to Nordhouse. As an important administrative building, the new Town Hall must be somewhat imposing and contribute, along with the chapel, to the new image of the entrance to the village. The challenge was also to integrate the building within its setting, which is a typical village on the Plain of Alsace with half-timbered houses and colourful façades.
Winner- Global Future Design Awards 2020
Firm | S&AA Schweitzer et Associes Architectes
Architect/Designer | Patrick Schweitzer
Category | Institutional Building Built
Team | Architect of record : S&AA / Structure design office : GETTEC / Fluid Design Office : Groupe Fluides
Country | France
Photographer/Copyright | ©Florian Tiedje
The architectural solution is a simple compact volume that made the construction process simple and efficient. This relatively classical form with its pitched roof allows the building to harmonise with neighbouring typologies. The only protruding feature is the glazed porch leading to the lobby, clearly marking the main entrance to the new building. The building is clad with high-quality durable materials. Standing seam copper cladding covers the roof and the north and south façades. The east and west gable end walls are clad in Vosges sandstone slabs laid in a checkerboard pattern. Careful use and installation of these local materials gives them a contemporary look. They were chosen as much for their aesthetic qualities and durability as for the fact that they echo their immediate surroundings.