|Procedure||Competition 2019, Recognition|
The monolithic structure of the BürgerRatHaus, the new town hall of the city of Essen brings a sense of composure into the urban space, which is characterised by various solitary buildings and a busy traffic situation. By continuing the pre-existing block edges, a sculptural configuration becomes visible, with a clearly structured, sculpturally formulated façade relief. The differentiated elevations of the BürgerRatHaus pick up on the building heights of the surrounding structures, thus creating connections that were missing in the urban structure. With its apex, the building sets an important urban accent, serving as an architectural initiator for the urban renewal of the surrounding eastern inner-city areas. The BürgerRatHaus, which is clearly recognisable as a public building, is a significant marker with its location at the intersection. The façade, subtly angled at the two main entrances, unfolds into the adjoining street space, thus creating an exciting street silhouette. At the same time the pavement as public space, is unfolded and pulled into the building. Both the main entrance to the building from Bernestrasse and the main entrance to the inner courtyard from Varnhorststrasse are highlighted.