BP Lingen. Photo: Roman Mensing
“Every project poses new questions,” says co-founder Prof Julia B. Bolles-Wilson. As an architect, one constantly meets new people and their ideas, from clients and engineers to project partners. “We get to know new cultures, which is always exciting. Nevertheless, we never start from zero.” For that, Julia B. Bolles-Wilson and her partner Peter Wilson have far too much experience. The architects say this experience leads to a “clear architectural stance”. A holistic aesthetic, 88 |
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places with character and sustainability are all self-evident in their work today.
SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE WITH HIGH DESIGN ASPIRATIONS The roof construction of the Luxembourg National Library is a good example for a sustainable design as it is made from wood – a renewable resource. An intelligent system of openings in the façade additionally allows the building to cool down in the early morn-
ing hours of warm summer days, so that the building does not need an environmentally harmful and energy guzzling air conditioning system. “In the end, the programmatic, the technical and the sustainable simply and elegantly have to come together as architecture, a spatiality with a recognisable and unique character,” the architects say regarding the requirements for a modern, sustainable architecture. Of course, the aesthetic shouldn’t be forgotten either, like the example of the Luxembourg National Library shows. “The project demonstrates its purpose by articulating its architectural elements; on the inside ascending terraces and galleries offer a fantastic reading and learning experience.” Architecture parlante – speaking architec-
TEXT: JESSICA HOLZHAUSEN I
No matter whether culture, offices, trade or industry – for BOLLES+WilSON architects, the building’s purpose is always the starting point for their design. To enhance the practical requirements and the building’s use through architecture and creative inventions are at the centre of the architects’ philosophy, who since foundation have a conceptual approach that merges the Anglo-Saxon mentality with a central European sensibility.
PHOTOS: BOLLES+WILSON GMBH & CO. KG
ARCHITECTURE WITH A DISTINCTIVE CHARACTER AND RESPECT FOR EXISTING URBAN SPACES