Thanks to the tiled façade and its three round layouts, the new supermarket in Oldenburg, Germany, has become an unmistakeable part of the town. A varied sort creates a very special play of colours.

Project details

Project name New building of a consumer market, Germany
Architect neun grad architektur
Products used Terca Roßlau in varied sort
 

New building of a consumer market, Germany © Wienerberger / Jens Krüger, neun grad architektur

New building of a consumer market, Germany © Wienerberger / Jens Krüger, neun grad architektur

New building of a consumer market, Germany © Wienerberger / Jens Krüger, neun grad architektur

New building of a consumer market, Germany © Wienerberger / Jens Krüger, neun grad architektur

New building of a consumer market, Germany © Wienerberger / Jens Krüger, neun grad architektur

New building of a consumer market, Germany © Wienerberger / Jens Krüger, neun grad architektur

New building of a consumer market, Germany © Wienerberger / Jens Krüger, neun grad architektur

New building of a consumer market, Germany © Wienerberger / Jens Krüger, neun grad architektur

New building of a consumer market, Germany © Wienerberger / Jens Krüger, neun grad architektur

New building of a consumer market, Germany © Wienerberger / Jens Krüger, neun grad architektur

New building of a consumer market, Germany © Wienerberger / Jens Krüger, neun grad architektur

New building of a consumer market, Germany © Wienerberger / Jens Krüger, neun grad architektur

New building of a consumer market, Germany © Wienerberger / Jens Krüger, neun grad architektur

New building of a consumer market, Germany © Wienerberger / Jens Krüger, neun grad architektur

New building of a consumer market, Germany © Wienerberger / Jens Krüger, neun grad architektur

New building of a consumer market, Germany © Wienerberger / Jens Krüger, neun grad architektur

The environment is largely dominated by 1930s and 1950s buildings with the brick façades typical for northern Germany," explains Lars Frerichs from neun grad architektur on the creation of the draft idea. "Our façade continues this tradition in materiality. With its curvaceous form, the supermarket has a sense of identity and individuality, as the neighbouring development is starkly based on rectangular buildings and formal rows of windows.

Three interlinked circles

The supermarket, which was completed in spring 2016, was built on the layout of three partially interlinked circles as organic architecture. Compared to a conventional rectangular plan, this allowed many more trees to be retained on the 3,000 square metre area. The three circles are clearly visible on the round tiled façade. Even the transitions are dominated by organically curved exposed masonry. Doorways and windows match the building geometry: The architects designed it as a parabolic arch, cut into the external walls with sharp edges.
 
"Three partially intertwined circles create an organic architecture for the grocery store - unique especially for the retail sector."

Surprising sense of space

Inside, customers experience a surprising sense of space: A height of up to eight metres gives a feeling of generous width. Customers get a clear idea of where to go directly from layout of the building.

Rustic bond strengthens architectural design

For the outer walls, the architects looked for a facing brick to give a distinctive effect with a lively structure and colour on a largely uninterrupted surface. The very rustic appearance of the varied sort was strengthened further by the architects through the use of rustic bond masonry. Regular lines and samples were consciously avoided.

Distinctive effect

The unusual form, colour and joining of the masonry areas are offset with a light strip of plaster at the top of the wall and at the transition to the parabolic doorways, which provides a sharp outline to the building.
 
"The supermarket is surrounded by a majority of buildings constructed in the 1930s and 1950s that are typical for Northern Germany with their brick façades. In materiality, our façade continues this tradition, allowing it to fit in with the surrounding structures. Yet with its undulating form, the supermarket maintains its own identity as an individual entity." - Lars Frerichs from neun grad architektur

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