Gold metal: Medieval town goes industrial futurist

03 : 12 : 2012 Traditional : Medieval : Faèade

Duderstadt, Germany – The newest wing of the Museum of Historical Marksmanship is a bold, futuristic architectural intervention in an ancient German town.

Sitting near a twisting spire at the heart of the town’s medieval core, the new structure has a façade covered in golden copper metal panels. The irregular pattern creates an impression of machine-like precision, but in fact is a work of craftsmanship executed by a tinsmith.

‘The result reveals a completely foreign body, an exciting new quality, both partly rigid and partly organic among the other houses in this idyllic neighbourhood,’ the architects said in a statement. 

The project joins several recent examples of abstract linear forms in architecture, often gold in colour, that offer a jarring but pleasing contrast with traditional surroundings. See more examples in our Industrial Futurism design direction.

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