Our team will address the urgent questions of urban energy transition by exploring a gigantic surface resource within our cities: the rooftops.
The idea is to design a proto-typology, that can find its application anywhere. We understand the prototype as a physical manifestation of an ideology or thinking. Therefore the science and theory can be applied in various location, even if the physical form might and need to change adapting to the given context. And so the team name „roof“-„kit“ is also explained by this essential parameter.
The urban task is about the renovation & addition of storey, following the idea to sustainably increase urban density. Our site in Wuppertal is on top of Café ADA, an internationally recognized artistic center, for latin american dances and music. The historic building becomes an integral part of the design concept. The current utilization as café, ballroom and accommodation will be strengthened by giving them additional spaces.
The ball room is shifted one floor upwards to the newly-created urban gap, which forms a transition between the existing structure and the extension. Due to the visible structure and a glass facade, the ball room is now connected to the urban context.
The space thus gained on the second floor is used to establish accommodation for international artists and visitors. Prefabricated wooden modules are mounted to a truss girder on one side and rest on the external truss in the gap or the subjacent module on the other side.