Architects: Ecker Architekten
Location: Seckach, Germany
Client: Gemeinde Seckach, vertetren durch
Construction Area: 1,550 sqm
Project year: 2002
Photographs: Constantin Mayer, Köln
The project is the result of an invited competition. In the context of two historically protected buildings, the useable area of the existing city hall was to be doubled. The demolition of modifications from the 1950’s and 70’s and restores the historic structures to their former proportion. This surgical removal created a 10 -meter gap allowing the insertion of a new building, housing council chambers, offices, kitchen facilities, and archives. To mark the contrast between modern and existing facilities, the new structure is clad with a locally-quarried stone and the fenestration is expansive. The roof forms a hyperbolic paraboloid, allowing the appearance of a flat roof at the front and rear of the building while providing a maximum pitch of 12 degrees.