MOTEL ONE. leipzig
It is one of the 25 highest-selling shopping streets in Germany: Grimmaische Straße in Leipzig. Directly between Nikolai Church and the opera house, a building from the sixties was replaced by a new commercial building with the upper floors being used as a hotel. In order to do justice to this prominent location, they wanted a façade that would fit in harmoniously and is absolutely autonomous at the same time. RKW Leipzig won the respective competition in 2011. So the architects realised a building envelope that unites the ornamental aesthetics of historical buildings and the structured logic of the modern age – creating a pattern of windows and sculpturally folded wall surfaces. Light and shadow can play on this structure and create an animated, ever-changing picture. From a technical point of view, the task was completed with precast face concrete units in a warm white fitted with integrated LED modules in the area of the eaves. They were produced using textured form liners by a local company. In that way, they succeeded in realising the geometric design precisely by means of fibre-reinforced concrete.
The shop windows on the ground floor and the first floor have a mullion-transom design, the windows on the upper floors were realised with metal frame profiles. In order to create a contrast to the light concrete, all window profiles have a matte, cast-grey coating. Backlit individual letters were selected for advertisement for the goods displayed on the ground floor to do justice to the upscale overall impression. Free-standing individual letters, also backlit, in front of a slanted wall surface create a distinctive building signet on the corner to Ritterstraße. After winning the competition, RKW was commissioned to do the façade design, which was extended by the detailed design for the entire building to be used as a hotel and a commercial building in the further course of the project.