Size: 8,500 m²
Location: Freiburg, Germany
Client: Strabag Real Estate GmbH
Collaborators: Urban Agency, BEM Architects
Type: Invited Competition
Team: Henning Stüben, Heechan Park, Borja Santurino
The former post area, located between the city’s main artery on one side and ICE trains on the other, sets a very special context for our new project. The dynamics of the place reflects in its design and turns the office building into a thirty-six metre tall sculpture.
Strong gestures in the volume give the building an architecturally and structurally significant appearance; making it the dominant landmark of the new business district. While the slopes on the upper floors optimise the sun in the central square throughout the day, the slanted corners on the lower floors provide better linking of public space. The special building form creates a welcoming condition of the overall urban concept between boulevard and the area of the central square.
The representative main entrance hall of the building is accessible directly from the central square and provides both main staircase and lifts reaching all floors. The office floor plan offers flexible space arrangements; from a single office in a row to an open space landscape. A terrace located on the top floor provides its users with a peaceful rest zone and a stunning background of the Old Town.