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  • Project Data
    Size: 24,500 m²
    Location: Freiburg, Germany
    Client: Strabag Real Estate GmbH
    Collaborators: Urban Agency, BEM Architects
    Type: Invited Competition
    Status: Idea

    Team: Henning Stüben, Heechan Park, Borja Santurino, Jakub Śmiech
    FREIBURG

      URBAN AGENCY, in collaboration with BEM Architects, has been invited to design the 25,000m2 headquarter of Volksbank, one of the biggest banking groups in Germany. Located in the center of Freiburg, opposite to the central station, the project will become a new entrance-gate to the medieval city center of Freiburg. The project comprises of a forty-three-meter high bank tower also featuring a hotel, retail and office functions, as well as a new assembly hall and music classrooms for the adjacent secondary school. With restricted guidelines provided by the city the shape of our proposal, displaying simple breaks in scale, enriches the skyline and relates better to the surroundings. The first two floors, where the client services are located, open themselves onto the street inviting people inside and clearly marks the entrance. The vast main lobby, finished with simple but high-quality materials, reflects the values of the Volksbank; this space was designed to suit a broad spectrum of users. The upper floors are set out according to the open-space office typology dedicated to the office workers. While the hotel and school reside as separate buildings with their own entrances and programmes providing optimal conditions for their users. From the outside, division between functions is seen through the structure’s scale and distribution in its openings. The overall brick facade breaks up the scale of the building giving it a solid and elegant look, important to the overall image of the client. The rigid pattern of columns is broken with shifting inclined walls giving the design a small twist. Common areas in the building are marked with bigger openings providing great city views for the users and sun conditions perfect for winter gardens.

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FREIBURG
NEW HEADQUARTER FOR VOLKSBANK
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