The outstanding significance of the building ensemble of the architect Sep Ruf at the Bingstrasse in Nürnberg shall be kept and cultivated according to its habitus as a „composition in the green“. The suggested extension compresses the qualities of the ensemble by Sep Ruf at the west gate of the campus to its architectural essence of a generous gesture, intensive communication and architectural elegance. The academy is a workshop, a public generator, a communicator and a spatial enrichment to the oldest academy of fine arts in the German-speaking area. The clear defined volume communicates with the composition of the existing, listed buildings but it respects the old tree population. Further on its compactness is the base on a forward-looking efficient and ecological design concept. The demolition of the interim buildings at the southwest edge of the campus can free up an additional site of 700 sqm for a future extension as a projection of the new building. This assures an intact, unspoilt composition of the ensemble of Sep Ruf and its landscape long-term.
The landscape design
The aim of the landscape design is to clarify and expose the design concept of Sep Ruf. The wild brushwood will be removed and replaced with a new lawn. The large trees will be cultivated in order to achieve transparency at the eye level that allows views. The student sheds, used, as storage and workspace close to the main studios, will be placed in lowered courtyards. Like this the main view axis are kept clear. A Cartesian system of paths connects the buildings of Sep Ruf, the sunken courtyards and the new extension.
All workshops are under one roof – this concept will be tangible. The roof is inclined and mediates between the one-storey height existing buildings and the new compact volume. Black and white – the colours of the existing – are also the determinant colours of the new built. A white, perforated metal skin covers the cubature – the inner darker layers shine through. The crystalline structure of the new roof refers to the elegant tectonic of the existing facades and extends the theme with the element of “the fifth facade”. The new extension is located directly at the Bingstrassse – two main axes inweave the building with the campus and the city. The internal organisation and its shape stress the concept of “passing through”, so that an interpretation as a new main building is evitable. The west facing facades of the seminar rooms and office at the edge of the campus suggest a vertical folding facade system, which allow a view to the inside and refer to its activity.
By request of the client to increase the communication with each other the design connects all departments with two large common workshops that are covered by the characteristic shed roof. The large workshops can be switched together or kept divided: various spatial arrangements are possible for daily interaction and communication, lectures, exhibitions etc. The location directly at the Bingstrasse invites everyone to enter the academy. The spatial transparency and variability is adjustable by large sliding folding elements. The students and visitors are invited to create their own space with its own atmosphere and a changing play of light and spaces.