Curved Bands for Schwaebisch Gmuend


For the pedestrian underpass at the station in Schwaebisch Gmuend, we created curved ribbon-like bands of solid surface material that can be effectively illuminated with dynamically programmable LEDs.

Rosskopf + Partner manufactured curved strips of solid surface material for the pedestrian underpass at the Schwaebisch Gmuend train station.

As part of the 2014 State Garden Show in Schwaebisch Gmuend, various urban and green areas were redesigned. In the course of this effort, the city of Schwaebisch Gmuend invited contractors to take part in a competition for the redesign of the train station underpass. The project was commissioned by three students from the University of Applied Sciences in Schwaebisch Gmuend in collaboration with the architectural firm "preiswerk marek architekten" in Biel, Switzerland.

The wall cladding consists of white bands along the wall that guide passers-by through the underpass, showing the way for the city visitors. The bands extend precisely from the edges of the adjacent stair steps, thus making the transitions in the entire passageway harmonious. The eyelid-like bulged elements are illuminated indirectly with dynamically programmable LEDs. The cavities directly under the arched band provide space for the special-effect lighting that can be adapted to the themes of the garden show. In the summer, for example, the light is modeled after a fresh green rush of leaves with translucent sunlight, and in the autumn and winter, autumnal shades can be blended into the foliage. At night, the tunnel glows in a pleasant deep dark blue.

The construction is simple and robust and the bands themselves are made of white solid surface material. In cooperation with 5D Engineering from Dresden, who was responsible for the structural analysis and work planning, we made the strips in our Saxon factory in Hennersdorf. The realization of this project required a maximum of cooperation and coordination with all the project participants and participating contractors.

There were several reasons for using solid surface material. On the one hand, thanks to the thermo-formability of solid surface material, the arched components were relatively easy to manufacture. On the other hand, if the surface were to be damaged, it could easily be refurbished by resanding and burnishing the surface without leaving any trace of repair.