Our design for a new building at Mannheim’s southeastern access is befitting the prominence of this skyline-defining location. The main tower of the building complex acts as a counterpoint to Helmut Jahn’s existing high-rise and joins with it to create a new gateway to the city that is clearly visible from a distance. Comprising offices, a hotel and apartments, the complex encloses an interior courtyard with clearly defined geometry. The buildings respond to their adjacent structures with a slightly staggered effect towards the perimeter.
Our unified design principle applies across all façades, with generous glazing giving the complex its sense of openness and unique visual identity. In keeping with Mannheim’s industrial heritage, steel is both a key design element and the building’s structural support. It acts as a common thread linking all three building sections with only subtle distinctions. Each section has its specific purpose and reflects that through variations in the outer envelope. The interplay of light and shadow created by this three-dimensional façade adds to the striking visual impact of the complex.
All of the offices in the tower are suited to flexible work platforms.In addition to double-height ceilings, the uppermost floors have a panoramic terrace with spectacular views of the city and environs. The 195-key hotel is west of the office tower along Augustaanlage Street.
Carmody Groarke, London
Office, Hotel, Residential
Gross floor area: 25210 m²
Vogeley, Philipp (Lead)
Kochhan, Simon (Project Leader)
Prof. Dietrich, Carola (Design Direction)
Topotek1 Gesellschaft von Landschaftsarchitekten mbh, Berlin (Landscape design)
Knippers Helbig GmbH, Stuttgart (Structural design)
Transsolar Energietechnik GmbH, München (Building physics)
hhpberlin Ingenieure für Brandschutz GmbH, München (Fire proofing)
Filippo Bolognese Images (Visualization)