position of the architecture are a direct response to the shape of the site,
the plot and its conditions. The materiality is based on the surrounding
historic buildings of Merenschwand but reinterprets them in a contemporary way.
The horizontal division into ground and upper floors as well as the projections
and recesses of the façades are also typical of the site. The y-shaped ground
plan reaches out tentacle-like and probes the largest possible expansion on the
site. The associated long development of the façade leads to a particularly
intensive relationship between the interior and exterior spaces. The
cantilevers are oriented both towards the wooded slope and overhanging the car
park. They reach out as far as the building codes of the site allow and form
the roofed entrance to the rooms of the new Merenschwand post office and those
of the retailer. At the same time, the cantilevers clearly emphasise the public
presence on Bremgartenstrasse.
has a continuous skin of black glazed wooden slats. The staggered window bands
emphasise the horizontal movement of this translucent enclosure. From a
distance, the architecture appears as a closed, dark structure resting on a
base of exposed concrete and glass. Seen up close, the sharp contours dissolve
via the horizontal permeability of the wooden slats. Seen directly from the
front, the grey of the outer façade behind seems to dominate the black of the
wood. Viewed from the side, the depth of the façade alternates between
anthracite and black.