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Community Centre in Stuttgart-Uhlbach

Although Uhlbach is an urban district of Stuttgart, as a winegrowing community it has its own, almost village-like character. The location is long-established and, with the exception of the typical new buildings added on the periphery, it conveys a cosy image – consisting of unpretentious domestic architecture, a church and a town hall, handsome hostelries, and the vineyards stretching up the slopes behind the community.

A sloping site was available for the community centre, which includes a foyer, a hall, a youth club, a kitchen and ancillary spaces. It lies right amidst the jumble of residential houses and is easily visible from the valley. We used the steepest part of the site to locate a stair tower as the link between the two floors. Climbing the stairs is intended to offer the reward of a fine view over the rest of the town, which is why the landings have been proportioned a little more generously.

In a manner similar to the educational centre in Allensbach, we had an eye to the church background and used shallow brick vaults. These were installed as prefabricated components and form the ceiling, remaining visible from below. As long as surfaces of this type remain untreated, the construction significantly defines the atmosphere of the interior and is relatively inexpensive too. In this way, we were able to lend the building a unique and unmistakable character despite a tight budget. Modest building costs are, of course, always coupled with relatively tight fees. But economising conversely means more effort and expense for design and planning. For that reason, such projects often have to be subsidised by larger commissions.

Client:
Evangelische Kirchengemeinde Uhlbach, Stuttgart
Evangelisches Pfarramt Uhlbach, Stuttgart

Architects:
Lederer Ragnarsdóttir Oei, Stuttgart

Team:
Timm Helbach, Kathrin Henze, Hannes Riehle, Alexandra Weinläder

Structural Engineering:
Ingenieurbüro Yaman Basli, Leonberg

Competition:
1. Preis 2006

Construction period:
2008-2009

Effective Area:
approximately 375 square meters

BRI:
approximately 1,800 cubic meters

Location:
Passeier Straße 7, 70329 Stuttgart-Uhlbach, Germany

Awards

Hugo-Häring-Auszeichnung BDA 2011

Auszeichnung Beispielhaftes Bauen Stuttgart 2007-2011

Publications

Costruire in Laterizio
4 | 2014

Lederer, Arno / Ragnarsdóttir, Jórunn / Oei, Marc (Hg.):
Lederer Ragnarsdóttir Oei 1.
Jovis Verlag Berlin 2012

Bund Deutscher Architekten BDA, Landesverband Stuttgart:
„Architektur in Baden-Württemberg“ 2011

Architektenkammer Baden-Württemberg:
„Beispielhaftes Bauen Stuttgart 2007-2011“
2011

Wettbewerbe Aktuell
9 | 2010

Wettbewerbe Aktuell
2 | 2007

Photos

Boris Miklautsch, Stuttgart