The Mendini-Haus in Hanover is an office and commercial building with a turquoise-blue and gold-yellow double-glazed facade that was converted for the Madsack publishing company by the architects and designer brothers Alessandro and Francesco Mendini. The unique design newly developed by the Mendinis is part of the media center and refers to the expressive spirit of the Anzeiger high-rise built in the 1920s . The location is the corner of Lange Laube and Stiftstraße in the Mitte district .
History and description of the building
The buildings, which are now connected by the Mendini façades, were built in place of older buildings that had been destroyed by the air raids on Hanover in World War II. Sober functional buildings with a white plastered "perforated facade" were erected in their place in the 1950s, but they formed a complex with the Anzeiger high-rise . After the renovation of the functional buildings, the Mendini brothers designed the new facade as a so-called "all-glass construction" on behalf of Madsack, with which the masonry areas of the building complex were also provided with double glass facing.
The uniformly shimmering turquoise-blue glass facade with protruding gold-yellow reflective staircase risalits gives the building, seen from a distance, a uniform, but also abstract appearance. Only on closer inspection does the person approaching notice an irritating effect: similar to a wave on the wall surface, a color change seems to follow the movements of the viewer. This interference effect results from the double glazing: The printing of vertical colored lines creates a semi-transparency with a view of the homogeneous interior glazing, which is printed in the same color with similar line patterns. The interference effect arises from the superimposition of the two line planes or from the superimposition of the outer lines with their shadows on the inside reflecting glass plane. Surfaces that are partially double semi-transparent provide a shadowy view of the building or reflect the outside environment from the darker inner surface.
As early as the 1990s, the Mendini brothers set up an idiosyncratic BUSSTOPS stop on Steintorplatz within sight of the Anzeiger high-rise .
- Robert Mehl: Interferente facade / Alessandro and Francesco Mendini designed the new building envelope in Hanover , in: DBZ - Deutsche Bauzeitschrift -online , 03/2008 edition, online copy on the robertmehl.de page , last accessed on July 3, 2014
- Robert Mehl: Interferent facade ... (see media reports )