Even with a few daylight openings, great effects can be created – the community center in Laatzen near Hanover proves it. With its red brick shell, the building sets a self-confident, contemporary accent, but very suitable for the location in the village center.
Inside, the building surprises with an openness and generous natural lighting that you would not expect at first glance. The almost sacral lighting effect in the hall is created by a room-in-room concept that does not require any closed surfaces. Instead, the architects work with multi-layered intermediate areas graded in their brightness.
The white wall panels under the skylight strip channel the light and scatter it into the room at the same time. In direct sunlight, they create varied plays of light and shadow, in diffuse light a pleasant basic brightness, which finds its logical counterpart in the large views of the outdoors on the opposite side of the facade.