Imagine a site plan that lacks what we generally call “historical context”. Sometimes we have a choice of authentic architecture which involves constructing a building that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing. This approach was designed for the administrative building built for Stadtwerke Neuss. The building is located in the commercial area, south of the center of Neuss. It has a northwest-southeast orientation among other buildings which tend to resemble shapeless boxes, as well as flat structures.
The unusual shape of the building makes it stand out among these other buildings. It depicts a large “Y”, it is not quite symmetrical and it is largely built of straight lines. All sides are coated with aluminum panels and the building with 4 floors is accessed by a large southeastern entrance area with an overhanging roof. A cafe and a restaurant are available behind the lobby. Most striking, however, are the two steps leading from the ground floor to the second floor and the second floor to the third.
What makes this so special is available under the large form of “V” and how they operate the formal contrasts between white and positive on one side and black, and negative on the other. While the architects have chosen to adhere to a simple design in which there is a sequence of lines in the offices, the administrative building is a sophisticated adaptation of the overall idea. The three-corridor system has the appearance of streets that are shaped from three different directions in the square. There are open kitchens and bar tables in the hallways.
Offices are single, double and triple, all based on a grid of 1.35 meters. The rooms have glass walls from floor to ceiling. One can feel the fresh air in the building which stands out from all other buildings owing to its unusual, impressive shape and idea.