• Stapferhaus Lenzburg

  • 2371-EM2-CH-2014
  • by EM2N

The new Haus der Gegenwart (House of the Present), which is intended to be a pioneering building with high levels of flexibility, functionality and openness, must also address the exposed location at the train station and present a new public face. To achieve all of this in a building is hardly possible without a certain degree of radicalism. Our project resists the temptation to erect a building that uses a special external form to announce itself. On the contrary, what we propose is a ‘decorated shed’.

The gesture of the bend in the concave gable wall spatially defines the outdoor area, while the large surface of this end wall can be used as a screen. The volume of this compact and simple building remains recognizable, but it can change its façade for each new exhibition. This is actually an industrial building made of timber, a material that in the interior can be processed using the simplest means and thus offers exhibition-makers an ideal basis for their work.


architect: EM2N  |  client: Stiftung Stapferhaus Lenzburg  |  status: Competition (2014)  |  clasification: 2 rang  |  location: Lenzburg, Switzerland  |  climate: Continental, Temperate  |  material: undefined  |  environments: Industrial, Railway  |  visualizer: Studio  |  scale: 4.600 m2 medium  |  types: cultural, cultural center  |  views: 2.188