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"The White House" in Stuttgart

The building, erected by Max Bächer in the 1970s and known as the “Lerche” (Lark) after the business formerly located there, was to be rehabilitated. It had been widely published because of its distinctive architecture. Due to technical reasons related to its production, the characteristic façade of brown, anodized aluminium could no longer be refurbished. In addition, the client perceived its typical projecting and recessed elements, which distinguish the profile of the exterior cladding, as being disadvantageous for today’s uses. The investor therefore decided to completely replace the façade and to embark on a thoroughgoing renovation.

The concept for the alteration was oriented towards preserving the inner load-bearing structure, whose outward projections were to be cut back. In compensation, the recessed floor areas were extended to align with the building’s outer edge. The structure now has vertical elevations that are in conformance with the neighbouring buildings along the street frontage. Over this skeleton comprised of reinforced concrete slabs and columns, we fitted a new, self-supporting shell. This shell is moulded completely of white concrete, giving the house its new name: “Weißes Haus” (White House). To avoid thermal bridges, the window frames each sit behind the façade’s columns and so form a second skin. Thus only parts of the frames are visible as a design element. These are clad in architectural bronze. Limiting the materials to bronze and white concrete is intended to achieve durability for the façade.

Client:
Phoenix Real Estate Development GmbH, Stuttgart

Architects:
Lederer Ragnarsdóttir Oei, Stuttgart

Team:
Klaus Hildenbrand, Katja Pütter

Project management:
Ingenieur- und Planungsgesellschaft Kappes Partner, Stuttgart

Structural Engineering:
Ingenieurbüro für Baustatik Harald Schuster, Neuffen

Competition:
2004 – 1st prize

Construction period:
2005 – 2006

Standort:
Königstraße 43 B, 70173 Stuttgart

Awards

Auszeichnung Beispielhaftes Bauen 2007
Architektenkammer Baden-Württemberg

Auszeichnung guter Bauten, BDA 2008

Publications

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

Häuser
6 | 2009

Bau Beratung Architektur
1 | 2009

Bund Deutscher Architekten BDA, Landesverband Baden-Württemberg (Hg.):
Architektur in Baden-Württemberg 2009.
Auszeichnung Guter Bauten, Hugo-Häring-Preis
Stuttgart 2009

Falk Jaeger (Hg.):
Lederer+Ragnarsdóttir+Oei
Berlin 2008

opus C. Planen & Gestalten mit Beton
1 | 2007

Baumeister
6 | 2006

Photos

Roland Halbe, Stuttgart