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A refined solitaire made of wood with a variable façade

TubeCube is a free-standing solitaire, set perhaps a bit too centrally in the courtyard. The new building appears refined in contrast to the existing structures’ coarse impression.
The design does justice to wood construction; the structure’s ground plan is symmetrical, with a concrete core, vertical load transfer through cross-laminated timber walls and columns, and a lively façade structured by sliding sunshade elements.


Katharina Schwermer, Zuzanna Witak, Phillip Hoffknecht


RWTH Aachen


Architektur – Institut für Baukonstruktion; Bauingenieurwesen – Institut für Stahlbau/Fachgebiet Ingenieurholzbau


Hartwig Schneider, Jan Michel Hintzen, Katharina Schrader; Markus Feldmann, Benno Hoffmeister, Georgios Balaskas, Vera Wilden