Our concept for new "Campus EnBW" is to be understood as a manifesto for the transformation of EnBW, a company that develops innovative, networked infrastructure solutions and stands for forward-looking, integrated district development. What EnBW plans for the neighborhood of the future is reflected in the world of work we have designed. The simple volume features a distinguishable concave facade that welcomes visitors through a forecourt. Equally, the building encloses the green area to the west. The southern part of the road at the "Badenwerk" becomes a joint between the new construction and the existing buildings. Raised two corners of the volume add an urban accent and result in a dynamic roofscape that naturally integrates the technical surfaces. With its distinctive volume, the campus building will become a new EnBW landmark. Architecturally, the building is characterized by high, open-plan floors and significant building depths. The floor levels are connected by a three-dimensional atrium that offers visual connections and changes of perspective on all levels, even across different floors. The atrium forms, together with the surrounding areas, the "EnBW Agora", which represents the heart of the building as a three-dimensional communication and meeting place. It is the central, connecting element that links all public functions together. In addition to the striking volume, the vertical structure of the façade also ensures an unmistakable appearance. Their vertical slats are made of aluminum and underline the appearance of the volume with its concave constrictions. This gives the volume an interesting play of light and shadow, transparency and opacity.
Project: Office Headquarter
Size: 32,200 sqm
Location: Karlsruhe, Germany
Collaborators: Urban Agency, RKW Architektur+
Type: Invited competition
Team: Henning Stüben, Heechan Park, Scott Grbavac, Gaspar Cánepa, Rosa Fuentes Fernandez, Jakub Śmiech, Anna Yancheva