The planning is limited to the furnishing of the rooms; interventions in the stock are kept as small as possible. All planned pieces of furniture are designed in such a way that they can easily be taken along when relocating the institute to new rooms. The individual furniture can be rebuilt at the new location in a different configuration tailored to the new spaces. Also, the colour scheme of the furniture is kept as possible that they can be easily inserted into any room. In addition, a new RFID system will be installed for the library.
The site is located within a turn of the century district of Leipzig, dominated by small scale buildings with a distinctive roofscape. The new building extends along three streets and closes the fragmented perimeter block with one large infill building. The new construction thus has a much bigger volume than its neighbours. In conformity to the design regulations, the architecture has to adapt to the context, and therefore reminisces the tripartite division of historic facades. The design offers a modern reinterpretation of this principle; the colour scheme gives the facades a monolithic appearance. Most flats stretch from the streets to the courtyard and the floor plans are adapted to the deep building. Bedrooms and study rooms are north facing, living and dining areas are mostly south facing. Bathrooms and storage space fill the flats’ darker middle zones. Big openings towards the courtyard provide sufficient daylight for the living and dining areas. The building contains 71 flats on the upper floors, commercial units on the ground floor and a basement car park.Read more
Highlighting the beauty and biodiversity of the site‘s natural assets was the main concern while creating a campus in the forest. The “genius loci” of the site was retained in order to create a green experience for the campus users, by offering perspective views onto the forest, while creating a sense of place and enclosure within the campus.Read more
The new Wien Museum melds the existing buildings into one ensemble. It establishes a clear structure for the museum complex creates visual orientation and enforces the relation between the WMN and the Karlskirche. The Volumes of the WMN are developed to accomplish an ideal city layout. Volumes are “extracted” from these ideal urban shapes to mediate between the city layout and the demands of the buildings’ functions. The resulting courtyards add to the ensemble’s urban identity. Filling these spaces with public functions enables the origin of a lively, public space and strengthens the museum’s visibility in the city. The slightly elevated “Wienraum” will provide space for different activities and events hosted by the WMN, acting like a display window and engaging directly with passer-bys.Read more
The necessary reorganisation of the Goethe-Institute of Bratislava provided the possibility to alter its character to a new, modern and open institute. The refurbishment of the heritage building aims at conceptually connecting the written and spoken word by the new interpretation and articulation of the interior spaces. The previously isolated reading room, located in the depth of the plot, in the new design is connected to its adjacent spaces and adopts additional uses. All shelves, formerly distributed throughout the reading room, circumscribe an open space located in the middle of the reading room. The room’s centre is freed from heavy furniture and can be occupied by the library visitors using flexible working tables that can be rearranged according to size and activities of different group users. Large skylights provide the reading room with optimal daylighting. Light and multifunctional furniture complement the concept of an open library that hosts various activates. A café marks the entrance to the library and invited the visitors into the sequence of library spaces which draw a new audience in and invites to read and to linger. The patio in front of the reading room is covered with new wooden flooring, expanding the library into the outside in the warm summer days, for further event usage and as library coffee place. Goethe-Institute’s character is altered by this series of small punctual interventions to a modern and open facility.Read more
Hebebrandquartier is a new residential district, the residential buildings create a “hinge” between the low and dense urban fabric in the east and the large scale, detached buildings in the west. An alternation of individual buildings and perimeter blocks creates a lively and liveable neighbourhood. The perimeter blocks in the northern part of the district contain a mix of social housing and owner-occupied flats. Privately funded attached houses define the character of the southern part. An existing cluster of allotments separates the northern and the southern part of the district. Additional infrastructural programmes have been added to the new district, such as a small shopping centre, kindergartens, a youth centre and a community centre for the elderly. A sequence of public spaces defines the centre of Hebebrandquartier. These public areas form a central plaza with generous green areas. The central plaza as well as the allotments, are completely free of motorised traffic. A dense network of pedestrian roads and cycle lanes connects Hebebrandquartier to the neighbouring districts.Read more
The Niushou Mountain Landscape Park reflects a balanced environment, which gives the monuments of the Nanjing Temple culture space and equally allows the visitor to enjoy nature. The information and visitor center is also the destination and starting point for visitors, who can enjoy a first view of the park from here before exploring the area more closely.Read more
The idea of the project is to create a unique design for the Vietnamese German University campus in Ho Chi Minh City, which embodies the nature and qualities of a typical middle European campus. The campus in the city, which we interpreted as “the campus as city”, is not only a powerful image but also an opportunity in creating a new urban stimuli for the new urbanisation of the small hamlet.Read more
The design for the new construction of the old-age and care center is characterized by the idea of enabling maximum flexibility between living and nursing. Six pavilion-like cubes are linked by a central axis, which allows a meandering sequence of the rooms. The sequence of cubes along the street makes the large form of a nursing home appear fragmented and fits into the village structure.Read more
The single family house is situated in Bersenbrück, close to the city Osnabrück in a small village context. Positioned near the main street of Bersenbrück, the building inserts itself into the small scale of its context. The building is divided into several programmatic components which have been fragmented into even smaller parts to create an architectural solution that deals with the scale of the context. Dependent on the degree of the privacy and of their function the areas are combined into three groups. The most intimate range of the house, which accommodates bedroom, bathroom, as well as a private SPA realm, is oriented to the garden. The central part of the building represents the transition between private and public sector. It shields the private garden from the open entrance court. The third body contains the garage. Large cuts in the volume of the building on the south and west side open the interior space to the garden and form within the perimeter of the building a protected buffer zone between interior and outside space.
The Marien Platz is a central place of conjunction in Munich. The urbanity of this place in the bigger picture of Munich implies that this is a well used and populated epicentre in the city, which at certain festivities and occasion can be overfilled by vast crowds of people.
The distribution level to the subway at Marien Platz can be interpreted as the underground reflection of the plaza above ground. The crossings of paths on the plaza level are duplicated on the underground level. Trails of movement and visual axes mark and engrave the usage of the underground space, which also is responsible for the spatial identity of this circulation and junction level.
Our vision introduces the concept of energy efficiency and sustainability as added value in everyday life. The building features many elements, which allow the user to break common stereotypes of living concepts and to generate a new lifestyle. The MS Loft home is based on a single open room concept and volume. The interior design is characterized by multiple interpretations of space, supported by a number of built in sliding doors and screens. The pivoting space is the cooking area which is used as a communication space and hearth of the house. A sequence of flowing spaces – some more secluded, others more open – is the special feature of the house giving it its quality of a loft. The only area separated from the big common zone on the ground floor, are the bedrooms and bathroom on the upper level. A small gallery creates a communal area for the adjacent rooms and hosts a small work or reading nook.Read more
The design of the NJP Art Centre aims to homage to the oeuvre of the artist. The work of Paik addresses the ongoing evolution and perception of our world in a playful manner, necessitating a flexible museum exhibition space. The NJP Art Centre fills in the existing valleys of the museum’s park by spanning a grid roof structure over them. The appropriated space below the roof - the “petrified topography” - becomes part of the exhibition space of the museum. The tension between the Cartesian structure and the amorphous topography contributes to the identity of the museum. A characteristic of the museum is its screen facade consisting of several layers of partly printed glass with different degrees of reflection. The façade becomes an instrument for controlling the volume and quality of permeating light, in this particular museum that exhibits luminous objects of art.Read more
The adjacent new development that includes a hotel (Ramada) and a block of condominiums situated behind it closed the street front and gave rise to a double-row development for different uses. Both uses profit from their immediate environment. The hotel profits from its street-ward orientation while the residential development is oriented towards the landscaped interior of the block.Read more
Developed as a joint practice of orthopaedists, the focus of the practice is the communally used spaces for entry, reception and registration as well as the waiting areas. While pivoting the entrance in the middle of the main space the reception counter directs the patients to the waiting area and to the medical treatment.
Large round lights accentuate the waiting areas. The treatment rooms are connected with sliding doors for the physicians to have direct connections. The corridor zones are characterized by the material clarity of the space and the indirect light that guide the flow of the patients while creating an ambience of peace away from the hectic of the city.Read more
The intervention includes a renovation of a historical landmark building from the 1960s, its conversion and extension. The building designed by Hans Schäfers in the early 1960s is sited on the intersection of two streets and is an interpretation in the spirit of the age of a flat–iron building typology. After more than 40 years of usage the building necessitates a general renovation as well as a re-evaluation in order to fit contemporary requirements of sustainability. After thorough assessment, an extension, a full renovation and conversion was considered unavoidable. The design continues the commercial space in the neighbouring site, thus completing the block. Thus the spaces are optionally enlarged to fit the commercial requirements of the tenants. The options offered were to use the building for a medium-sized brand department store or a possible subdivision and usage by more tenants. Only through the extension is it possible to retain the historical building and to turn it into an interesting investment object, at the same time enhancing and amplifying its qualities on its special site.Read more
In this refurbishment of a small ground level space in Charlottenburg, the client requested several divisions providing him with separate treatment rooms, as well as a little office, so the aim was to find a quality that would give a consistent spatial feeling to this fragmented space, where the high ceilings are the most relevant feature, giving air and spatial relief.
One unique opening traverses the main wall from the façade to the bottom, creating a dynamic movement by way of a folded steel sheet, where clients can discover hidden or exposed objects.
Only a few materials were required to create a special and pure atmosphere.Read more
Located between on the shore of the Suzhou Creek, near the Hongqiao International Airport, the Shanghai International Business Park is given a strong and unique identity. The buildings form a rim around a large courtyard. In this way urban influences like noise are kept out and the inner landscaped courtyard is protected.Read more
The theme is to create a reverberation of the waterfront line - between land and water - in order to maximize the amplitude of the lagoon front. By establishing parallel and intertwining lines to the coastline, a tension between these is induced, resulting in zones of intense public attraction and leisurely activities. The main architectural element creates a new artificial horizon, which enables the citizens of Tainan to fully enjoy the waterfront by providing sun and partial shade, protection from high water levels while attempting to display the evidence of the historical past and to retain the given natural environment. The cultural promenade thus creates both a timeline of the history of Taiwan and new spaces for public amenities. The spaces adjacent to the artificial horizon roof structure are scaled to the dimensions of the user groups, generating intimacy where necessitated and open gathering spaces appropriate for their foreseen utilisation.Read more
Like many remarkable and unique places in cities, the Nodeul island should become a significant place in Seoul and memorable to its visitors. The new district’s identity and appearance is shaped by two main public buildings, opera house and concert hall. In order to highlight Nodeul’s connection to the city fabric, Seoul’s urban grid is expanded to the island. Additional public and educational uses supplement the Performing arts centre. These functions help to sharpen the islands identity; their small scale connects the district to its neighbouring areas and provides a contrast to the large scale opera house and concert hall. These two uses are housed in separate buildings, facing each other in order to create a spatial connection while remaining embedded in their particular urban context. These two structures are set in a dense, urban fabric, their luminous cladding is widely visible and radiates through the city. Staged views on the surrounding city add up to a kaleidoscopic addition of images and perceptions of Seoul.Read more
No memorial can be more powerful than the site itself. The aim is not to add to what is there, but clarify and reveal the specific qualities of the site itself. The design uses simple elements – stone, glass, nature, light and gentle changes in elevation to create living places for contemplation, commemoration, and community.
The FKN‘s headquarters expansion is located on a site along the main road into the historical town of Neuenstein, in the region of Baden-Württemberg. A context-specific stone wall delineates the site, leads to the level of the yard space, which is elevated in respect to the latter. The original building was obsolete in its form and architectural language; therefore the design team pursued the strategy of creating a new building and grouping it tighter with the other structures around the production courtyard. In contrast to the office building’s three-story volume, the one-story glass design of the entrance pavilion creates a high, airy space with a gallery. The glass pavilion offers a view on to the gentle hilly slopes of the region. In the interior, space been designed with flexible partition walls to allow for future changes in the number and size of office. The materials and their detailing speaks a minimal and clean language.
The site is located in the impressive landscape of the Harz region, on the fringes of the small historical resort town Blankenburg. The project addresses and mediates in its context between the adjacent single-family houses, the East German prefabricated blocks and the landscape. The contextual diversity of scale is resolved on both an urban and architectural level. The program of the nursing home addresses the large-scale forms of the neighbouring East German prefab blocks, reinterpreting the volume and architecturally breaking up its scale. The housing units for the elderly add up, to form a U shaped building with an enclosed courtyard. The buildings organise themselves around landscaped courtyards that slope down the hill, relating to each other visually and connecting physically.Read more
Located in the city district of Berlin-Dahlem, the new Residence for the Canadian Ambassador to Germany reflects an important value in Canadian life: living in harmony with the natural environment. Given the historic neighbourhood context, respect for the traditional Dahlem dwelling is central to the design for Canada´s official residence. Built to showcase Canadian building technology, the architecture is shaped by the dialogue between solid masonry walls and light wood frame construction. Wood is the main structural element of the house above grade, permitting a fast and economical assembly. In addition exposed wood elements reveal the architectural character of the building. Materials selection reflects natural wood and stone, a fusion of German and Canadian aesthetics, and respect for the surrounding neighbourhood and its architectural vernacular. The residence’s presents a functional distribution of representational spaces, located on the ground floor. The Ambassador’s private living quarters are located on the second floor.Read more
The city of Ingolstadt praised a competition for a museum of design and art within the core of the old town. The property is located on the edge of the old town directly on the Danube. In the neighborhood there are other institutions that relate to the city and the river.
The project is the result of an open competition procedure for the waterfront of the City of Bonn. The brief asked for the redefinition of the river Rhine waterfront, as well as for the design of the new access to the water station from the city.
The design foresees a new service building with a ticket sales office at the foot of a Rhine bridge, mediating between the level of the city and the flood area of the Rhine. The tower building becomes a landmark, a reference point both visible from the river as and the city. Seen from the water, the tower represents the city at the river´s edge and by means of its height enters into a dialogue with the towers of the historic city centre. Seen from the perspective of the city, the tower marks the ferry terminal location.
The project reacts to the site’s complex urban environment. It marks the corner of the block, former residence of the artist Käthe Kollwitz and provides access to the courtyard of the residential block. The building closes the gap in the perimeter block alongside Käthe-Kollwitz-Platz. The communal garden, shared with the neighboring building, provides a new setting for the historic Käthe Kollwitz memorial. These measures impart to the locations character and transform the courtyard into a semi-private playground and communal garden for the residents. All 5 flats in the building are facing towards south and west. The ground floor is raised above street level to ensure privacy and to connect the private terrace with the elevated garden. The ground floor apartment meets all requirements for accessible housing or housing for the elderly. This project is part of the social housing programme of the City of Berlin.Read more
The project was commissioned by a municipal housing association, which after reunification in Prenzlauer Berg committed to improving living standards. The project was realized with the help of the social housing program of InvestitionsBank Berlin.
Die Galerie Aedes West befindet sich in den S-Bahn Bögen der Passage zwischen Savigny Platz und Bleibtreustraße, einem sehr belebten und charakteristischen Quartier des Stadtteils Charlottenburg. Die Nutzungen als Architektur Galerie, Forum und Café verteilen sich in drei Bögen, die sich als Ladenfront zur Straße präsentieren.
Libeskind mit Bates, Stankovic, Terragni+Vido