In re-planning the former traffic hub from the 1970s as part of the general redevelopment of the ring around the old city, new potentials for streets, urban mobility, and public spaces emerged. The freestanding pavilion on Europaplatz marks the entrance to Freiburg’s city center. Together with the Siegesdenkmal and the surrounding architecture, in particular Karlskaserne, this stop marks a new starting point for Freiburg’s historical core. Here, the new tram and bus station including gastronomy and spaces for the VAG is combined in a joint building. The expansive roofing with its curved form shapes the new appearance of the square. The pavilion becomes a communicative place and meeting point that combines the needs of public transportation and urban experience.
The historical prewar triangular floorplan has been reinterpreted in reduced dimensions and in a contemporary context. The openness and lightness under a roof that is interlinked with the urban space has a welcoming effect that opens out toward the entire surrounding square. The pavilion with its functions accessible to the public is directed toward the other architectural orientation points that shape the square, Siegesdenkmal and Karlskaserne, and with these spans Europaplatz as a foyer opening on to the pedestrian zone of the Kaiser-Joseph-Straße. The pavilion itself is an open building with flexible use that is animated by visitors and passersby, guests and gastronomic offerings in various ways: the outside area of the restaurant forms a haven of tranquility in the lively urban surroundings.
Openable façade elements in the dining area link inside and outside to form a united urban space. The slightly ascending and greened roof interacts with the trees on the square and protects from the sun and rain, and lends the building and the location a new, characteristic identity. The transparent façade and subtle illumination of the rooftop edge generate an impression of continuity inside and out.
The pavilion is conceived as a light and sustainable construction. A slightly inclined wooden roof is placed over a steel construction. The inner walls of the café and the flooring are made of steel reinforced concrete and bear the main load of construction. Filigreed supports bear the weight of the roof. The freestanding canopy along the tracks and the pavilion roof are built using a grid of steel supports supporting wooden boards. The all-round full glazing emphasizes views inside and outside. The middle plane of the insulated glazing is printed with a variable pattern, to react to the various requirements of transparency for the rooms behind, allowing daylight into the inner realms depending on needs and supporting the impression of lightness and transparency.
Following energy efficiency guidelines, heating pumps will be used interior climate control. Like the heat insulation of the building, they are designed in accordance with the climate protection targets of the city of Freiburg and ensure sustainable energy provision.
J. MAYER H. und Partner, Architekten mbB is an international award winning architecture office with projects at the intersection of architecture, communication, and new technology. From urban planning schemes and buildings, to installation work and objects with new materials, the relationship between the human body, technology, and nature form the background for a new production of space. J.MAYER.H was founded in 1996 by Juergen Mayer H. in Berlin. In January 2014, Andre Santer and Hans Schneider joined as partners.
J.MAYER.H has a wide array of completed national and international projects and has been honored with many international awards. Juergen Mayer H. studied at Stuttgart University, The Cooper Union and Princeton University. His work has been published and exhibited worldwide and is part of numerous collections including MoMA New York, SF MoMA, The Art Institute of Chicago as well as numerous private collections