Keith Williams Architects was invited by the town council of Leimen, near Heidelberg, Germany, to prepare designs for the Neubau Rathaus Stadt Leimen (Town Hall).
Leimen is a town in north-west Baden-Württemberg, Germany. It is about 7 km (4.3 mi) south of Heidelberg and the third largest town of the Rhein-Neckar district after Weinheim and Sinsheim. It is also the area’s industrial centre.
The concept envisaged an elegant, rational, economic, sustainable and beautifully crafted civic building which is clearly of contemporary expression but fits harmoniously with the existing historic townscape context and reinforces the important street pattern the characterises the district.
The project is organised with a clear distinction between functions, and departments each sized and positioned in accordance with the areas and interrelationships required in the brief. The council chamber was located in a double height vault space that overlooks both the town square and churchyard and sits within a bridge element of etc project to enable pedestrian flow through and beneath the building at street level.
The distinctive profile of the roof form alludes to the existing pitched roof townscape but aids in the marking out of this building as both contextually sensitive and a special within the historic town centre.
Client : Stadt Leimen
Programme : 2013
Area : 3160m2
Budget : €15 million