Heiliggeiststift nursing home, Freiburg

Clinker brick Weimar HS (hand-finished)
1.800 m2  Clinker brick-covered surface

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Heiliggeiststift nursing home, Freiburg

Clinker brick Weimar HS (hand-finished)
1.800 m2  Clinker brick-covered surface

42.7

Clinker brick façade lends warmth and sophistication

More than every in every five inhabitants of Freiburg im Breisgau is 60 years of age or older. In order to meet the challenges of demographic change, in 2012 the Stiftungsverwaltung Freiburg decided to replace an existing, two-storey nursing home built in the 1960s with a larger, more modern new building. The result was an energy-efficient building to the German “KfW 55” standard with a clinker brick façade. Its light brick from Hagemeister, a company with a long tradition, exudes both quality and value. 

The structure consists of two buildings that are offset against each other and form an entrance courtyard on which the public facilities are located. Spacious loggias located in front of the living areas of the wards face south towards the garden. While the interior construction was geared entirely to the future residents’ needs, the architects took care of the sustainability aspect by way of the building technology and the façade design. Despite the high cost pressure, the architects were able to realise double-shell clinker facing brickwork with mineral core insulation. 

The decision was finally made in favour of the harmoniously nuanced, white to light beige hand-painted “Weimar HS” sorting from Hagemeister, with its distinctive smoky charcoal effect. “The nursing home blends in with the urban context. So the intention was for the the building, with its typically residential punctuated façade, to give an impression of sophistication for which clinker brick is ideal,” explains Harald Konsek from the DREI ARCHITEKTEN office. The light clinker brick was deliberately chosen to contrast with a dark clinker brick building in the immediate proximity, and creates an inviting, light appearance. The project architect was particularly impressed by the nuanced play of colours in this sorting: “We usually add bricks of a slightly different colour. However, this was not necessary here, as the Hagemeister sorting itself already displays very lively nuances, and the mixture includes individual, conspicuously sintered bricks. Together with the wild bond, these create a liveliness that we like.” 

Relief masonry on the ground floor created a base zone which, according to Harald Konsek, is a “throwback to the surrounding buildings from Wilhelminian era. Like the fine colour nuances of the clinker brick, it has a different effect depending on the position of the sun and the shadows cast, and lends the nursing home its very own identity.” After a construction phase of almost two and a half years, the new nursing home was completed in May 2018 and since then has provided a pleasant environment in which senior citizens can spend their twilight years.

»We usually add bricks of a slightly different colour. However, this was not necessary here, as the Hagemeister sorting itself already displays very lively nuances, and the mixture includes individual, conspicuously sintered bricks. Together with the wild bond, these create a liveliness that we like

Harald Konsek, DREI ARCHITEKTEN, Stuttgart

Project data

Heiliggeiststift nursing home, Freiburg

Architecture

DREI ARCHITEKTEN Haffner Konsek Streule Vogel Part mbB, Stuttgart

Project architect

Harald Konsek

Local construction supervision

Architekturbüro Kromer-Piek

Client/Developer

Siftungsverwaltung Freiburg

Building contractor

BOLD GmbH & Co. KG, Achern

Clinker brick

Weimar HS (hand-finished)

Photos

© Florian Selig, Michael Moser

Architectural context

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