New building of an education centre for energy efficiency and barrier-free technologies
In German society, the skilled trades traditionally represent the highest precision and quality. Yet many skilled trade sectors are increasingly competing directly with industrial manufacturing. The TBZ, demonstrates that the skilled trades have by no means lost out to industrial manufacturing techniques and will continue to be an economic power in future.
This high-tech new building forms a new, assertive urban development starting point for the Cologne Chamber of Crafts. The new building‘s positioning enhances the education centre’s main access, while a new, sound-insulated outdoor area in front of its canteen provides an enclosed space for activities and practice. The main idea behind the building’s design is to promote communication within the building and between the building and outdoor space in the context of a knowledge exchange. This has been achieved by arranging a communicative forum as a spatially connecting element between the ground and first floors and by the buildings highly transparent facade.