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The Mensa Leonberg is a Shared Canteen Between Two Schools

By: Katherine Vong - Published: Jun 13, 2010   Updated: Aug 11 2011 • References: somaa.de and dezeen
In downtown Leonberg, Germany, there exists one cafeteria nestled between two schools. This shared canteen is called Mensa Leonberg, and was the brainchild of SOMAA of Struttgart architects and Guido Dongus.

Connecting three existing buildings, the Mensa Leonberg is an architectural stunner with an undulating facade with strips of vertical columns. According to the architects, the Mensa Leonberg creates "a cohesive link between the two schools while also designating itself as a central meeting place."

Implications - The strange cafeteria is built with interior materials that create the special zones. Black bands which imitate the building's strange shape and cylindrical aluminum tubes with varying dynamics are among several physical properties that contribute to the unique nature of this room.