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Austrian building looks like its namesake – a loaf of bread

by • March 9, 2016 • No Comments

It’s not every day which an architectural firm gets to turn it into a assembling which closely represents a company’s end product. But which’s precisely what Austrian firm Coop Himmleb(l)au did with the turn it into of a new assembling appropriately titled “House of Bread” (or “Haus des Brotes” in German) for international baking brand Backaldrin.

  • Timber construction of the free-form upper section of the House of Bread
  • An artist's redering of the cross-section of the House of Bread
  • A close-up of the interior cross-section of the House of Bread
  • Artist's rendition of the interior of the House of Bread

The assembling consists of two various elements – a box-shaped plinth or base, and the free-form exhibition area which seems to float like an abstract loaf of bread above it.

The plinth is comprised of a cast-in-place concrete façade with a 120-person ability, and can be utilized for events, workshops and presentations, while the upper area is for exhibition purposes just. Think of the latter as a modern museum or cabinet of curiosities presenting the history of bread-making.

To turn it into the one-of-a-kind bread-shaped exhibition area, the architects utilized layered circles of laminated timber and so clad the exterior in stainless steel shingles. They kept the interior of the wooden shell exposed and covered by nothing but a layer of paint. Tables, walls and cabinets created into the structure provide various surfaces to exhibit the museum pieces.

To shorten the construction time, the firm utilized a prefabrication method known as 3D CNC (Computerized Numerical Control) to ensure both the accuracy and fit of every section.

Inside the exhibition area, visitors can be treated to an open circular atrium with a collection of various bread-related items and historical pieces suspended of the top of the structure in what is defined as a “variousiated crystal chandelier.” A long flowing spiral stairway encloses the atrium and allows for visitors a view of the suspended items of various angles while in addition providing access to the two exhibition levels.

Construction of the House of Bread is expected to be accomplished later this year.

Source: Coop Himmleb(l)au

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