Neues Rathaus im Stühlinger | New city hall in Stühlinger
The new city hall has been under construction for three years. In November 2017, the employees of 16 smaller town halls were able to move in and started operation. The architects has been built and designed by the German company Ingenhoven Architects, based out of Dusseldorf, Germany.
The moment I arrived, I was immediately stunned by its simplistic shape, with clear lines, blocks in conjunction to create a circular harmony of a building. Stunning is as well the contrasts between reflective glass surfaces, solid metal, natural wood and solar panels, existing in harmony with nature - the city’s big reputation of the most environmental city in Germany. Hence, it’s not surprising at all to find masses of bicycles parked in front of the office complex.
The most important technical feature of this building is - as you might have guessed - the solar panels, which produce more electric power through regenerative and environment-friendly than the building needs for heating, air-conditioning and lighting. That way the building sustains itself and is probably one of its kind in that size within Freiburg.