The provision of public buildings designed and engineered to the highest standards has always been an objective that we strive for. Sometimes these ambitions are not realised, not through lack of effort, but circumstance. A bus station, school and new civic office highlight what can be achieved.
In Aarau, Switzerland, a bus station forecourt has transformed a windswept empty square into a space that locals take pride in proclaiming to be their ‘cloud’. The use of a galvanized facade to provide a tactile finish by the ingenious placement of perforations within the steel has created the building block for a school in Denmark. Its design philosophy has earned it a LEED Gold rating.
A new civic office in Rochdale has created a sustainable and modern working environment by bringing together a series of disjointed offices. A new sense of community and transparency has been engendered.
All these projects help to enhance the interplay between ourselves and the buildings that help us function on a daily basis.