The new angular, block-like office building is notable for its differentiated façade design, which responds directly to the specific urban setting and the diverse intended use.
At the entrance, the façade is clad in reflective, light-grey ceramic tiles. The nature of the material and the streamlined modernist expression allude to the high-tech industrial environment of Refratechnik Group as a manufacturer of shaped refractory products. Curtain walls made of deflector glass protect against pollution and underscore the design concept. The building becomes more sculptural on the sides, where planters clad in perforated ceramic tiles provide structure from the outside and create through large glazed panels a view of nature from the inside. This results in greater flexibility for custom configuration of the office space on the upper floors.
In order to highlight the use of the ground floor as an art gallery, the design proposes a “house within a house” concept. A cavity in the shape of a slightly pitched roof is carved out of the overall structure for the gallery and prominently outlined in the façade. Using this familiar house archetype within the otherwise block-like structure makes the impact more striking.
Competition 2017, 3rd prize
Investor: Maleachi Bühringer
Knippers Helbig GmbH, Berlin (Structural design)
Transsolar Energietechnik GmbH, Munich (Energy planning)
Matthes Max Modellbau GmbH, Munich (Modell making)
bloomimages, Hamburg (Visualization)