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A newly built cooperative residential quarter in the Allgรคu region is making a name for itself: With its architecture, its special colour scheme and the smallest details, the extremely well thought-out settlement refers both to its bohemian past and to its surroundings. The final touch is given to the quarter with high-quality colour products.

Baulinie Architekten, Glรคser & Lehmann, Architektenpartnerschaft mbb
Wohnungsbaugenossenschaft Gablonzer Siedlungswerk Kaufbeuren eG
Roger Frei, Zรผrich
Neugablonz, Germany
  • Soldalit
  • Concretal-Lasur
  • Innostar
  • Innotop

The Hotzenplotz is greeting

Even the welcome sign in the entrance area of the new Iser Quarter in Neugablonz, Bavaria, makes it clear: something special has been created here: Each of the houses bears the name of a personality who comes from the Reichenberg region in former northern Bohemia. Among them is the children's book author Otfried PreuรŸler.

More living space through new house type

Seven compact individual buildings with four storeys were created in the form of a point house with a flat roof - an architectural form with a floor plan centred around a centre point - and a long house also with four storeys. Among the total of 109 cooperative flats are two-, three- and four-room flats with loggias as well as penthouses with roof terraces. A doctor's practice has also taken up residence in one building. The flats are barrier-free, and one building even offers wheelchair-accessible flats. An area with lots of communal greenery and open space has been created around the houses, where a network of paths connects all the buildings and the neighbourhood. 

Another special feature is that 80 per cent of the energy for heating and hot water is obtained via an ice storage tank.

"All in all, we have created 8,855 square metres of living space from 4,820 square metres and made significantly more living space available for the tenants," adds architect Christian Sobl.

Skilfully integrated into the surroundings

With the realisation of these "point buildings" with flat roofs, a different kind of urban development has emerged in the midst of row buildings and terraced houses. How could the compact, massive individual buildings fit in without standing out? A reference to the old buildings had to be found. Therefore, those responsible decided on a rendered facade, which already characterised the facade of the previous buildings. At the same time, the craftsmen also designed it using the same technique: they applied finely structured plaster with the eaves from top to bottom in slight waves. "We have consciously tied in with the past here. With a different facade colour scheme, the Iser Quarter would have become a foreign body in the surroundings.

In general, we see the settlement as a continuation rather than a new beginning," explains architect Sedat. In addition to the plaster facade design, the very well thought-out colour concept is another reason for the good integration of the settlement into the neighbourhood development.

Final touch with quality

After the application of the base coat, the reinforcement and the finishing coat, the massive buildings constructed of single-stone masonry received the finishing touches on the facade with KEIM Soldalit sol-silicate paint on 1,460 square metres. In the underground garages, the contractors painted 6,600 square metres of concrete ceilings and walls with KEIM Concretal-Lasur. This coating is semi-transparent over the concrete surface and can thus compensate for visual defects.

KEIM Innostar was used on 6,205 square metres in the stairwells. The sol-silicate paint combines maximum opacity with high durability and is perfectly suited for the stairwell area.

For the ceilings and walls of the flats, those responsible opted for KEIM Innotop and had 26,850 square metres painted with the Sol silicate paint. Christian Sobl explains his decision in favour of Keim products: "We have had good experience with Keimfarben products in recent years. We are convinced by aspects such as durability, economy, colour stability and the absence of biocides".

Small details with a big impact

In the entrance areas and staircases of the buildings, drawn portraits of the house godparents, the corresponding biography and small drawings referring to the life and work of the personality are displayed on the wall. For example, the hat of the Robber Hotzenplotz can be found on the fire protection flaps of the Otfried PreuรŸler House, in addition to the raven and the broom from the story of the Little Witch. Tanja Kapahnke from Studio Sรผd explains: "These small details additionally support the residents in identifying with the houses, according to the motto: 'I live on the first floor by the hat'."

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