On the edge of the Black Forest and in the immediate vicinity of the Stuttgart region lies the idyllic town of Nagold. As part of the preparations for the 2012 State Garden Show, the banks of the Nagold and Waldach rivers were included in the landscaping redesign. The city park has been significantly expanded towards the city centre and now includes the historico-cultural Celtic burial mound in its boundaries.
A new residential development consisting of five new four-storey buildings was planned as a park boundary. The appealing architecture of the new buildings was decided in a competition process and awarded to renowned architects' offices in the region. The architecture firm Hansulrich Benz from Weissach won the planning contract for one of the buildings. The architect also acted as the building contractor and thus was able to be in full control of the implementation of the entire project. An advantage that is reflected in the unique architecture of the building, which did not have to make any compromises.
The project "Living at the Landesgartenschau (State Garden Show)" was completed in May 2014. The building itself consists of two rather closed and two open façade areas: Depending on the viewing angle, one is always presented with a clearly different overall impression. The basic cubic form is open and flooded with light through large windows and interrupted wall segments.
The materials were kept very natural: stone, concrete and glass. The interior plaster was completed with a broom finish to give the surface a natural feel.
From an energy standpoint the building is designed in the most modern technical standard as KFW 70. The heating is powered by 3 geothermal probes and a 15 KW photovoltaic system also supports the energy efficiency.
The modern bathrooms correspond to the architectural concept and open up to be spacious and bright. Beneath a large mirror are cube-shaped washbasins from Ideal Standard's Strada series.
The appropriate fittings in the bathrooms consistently follow the formal clarity: the Archimodule series allows highly customisable and straightforward design grids thanks to an innovative flush-mounted technology that satisfies every possible requirement. In the area for washing, Archimodule two-handle wall fittings are used, which are in perfect harmony with the ceramics. The technology is all located in the mixer's flush-mounted kit and is not visible. The walled-in, floor-level shower area was equipped with an Archimodule shower system, which fits smoothly into the room. The efficient flush-mounted thermostatic technology of the mixer is complemented by a large-surface rain shower with a diameter of 300 mm. The bath fittings also follow this concept and blend smoothly into the ambience. The comfortable 6 litre WC comes from the Ideal Standard Connect series and complements the bathroom equipment.
In addition to the design features and the innovative technology, the investor was impressed by the excellent regional support provided by the factory's own Ideal Standard customer service, right through to on-site installation training. Other partner companies involved in the implementation included: Die Planfabrik in Birkenfeld (technical building services planning), and the installation company SHL Lehmann in Nagold.