Breaking the Waves, ’Drosbach Clôche d’Or’, Luxembourg

Construction time: 2000 – 2009
Place: Clôche d’Or, Luxembourg
Surface: 45000 m2
Developer: Gawalux
Architects: Stephan Braunfels Architekten,
D- Berlin
ARGE Drosbach: Gubbini, Linster & Stupar, Arch.
L- Luxembourg

Concept of open spaces – Breaking the waves

Ring shaped segments of a circle made up of vegetation, fine stone chippings and wood which focus the attention on open spaces in close connection with dominant architecture. The strips of vegetation undulate from the central tower of the building while passing by the roof surface of intense vegetation (approx. 13.000 m²) towards the surrounding landscape. On the level of the colours, each interior court directs itself towards a new chromatic spectrum (yellow, red, blue and white). Concepts of vegetation related to the seasons offer a surprising and changeable view to the glance coming from the interior of the building. The optical effect generated by the graphic landscapes of the interior court is sharpened by various material textures. The wooden decks offer a space for stay, communication and meeting.