Germany is experiencing significant demographic changes. Since citizens are getting older, it is not only important to design apartments to suit the needs of the elderly – public infrastructure, too, increasingly becomes the focus of attention. The subject of surefootedness gains in importance. This also applies to public spaces in Langenhagen-Weiherfeld near Hannover.
Choosing an environmental friendly material
The project brief for the new town centre demanded “ecologically sound and safe building”– this requirement also determined the overall concept and material selection. The relocation of the suburban train station, the existing water protection zone and the creation of several green spaces required a decision in favour of environmentally sound building materials. The naturally non-slip Penter clay paver with the custom-made “extra rough” finish was supplied for this project. The surface structure of the individually produced clay pavers was modified in a way that it guarantees a non-slip surface which is especially beneficial in winter.
“The surface of clay pavers has a pleasant look and structure. It conveys a feeling of safety to pedestrians. Such properties are important in this highly frequented public area”, architect Ina Hofmann from the landscape architecture office Irene Lohaus Peter Carl emphasises. “The colour of the red-blue multi paver matches the already existing ones, and the paver features the highest possible slip-resistance. That was especially important for us. It looks rustic, a quality that is definitely back in fashion”, the municipal administration substantiates the material selection. Clay pavers also convince with their durability, high resistance to weather as well as low absorption of water.
Project nameRedesign Langenhagen Pedestrian Zone, Germany
ArchitectIna Hofmann/Irene Lohaus Peter Carl LandschaftsArchitectur
Penter red-blue multi, custom-made finish extra rough
Year of completion2012