The form of the building emphasizes its exceptional position as a solitary within the airport masterplan. The polygonal structured volume reacts to partially contradictory elements within the urban context - the highway, the alignment of the neighboring multi-storey car park, and several axis within the masterplan. The project is introverted organized with a hard protective exterior contrasted by an inviting interior atrium and garden at the center in response to urban planning, pollution from aircraft and cars, and noise.
The outer ring of offices surrounds a unified central atrium spaces defined by a series of faceted sloping glass facades forming large/ full building height dramatic interlocking spaces for an entrance lobby, cafeteria, and conference area. These more public spaces offer a central orientation and meeting area supporting the more private surrounding office areas. These surfaces in turn define and shape the interior garden court. While the interior vertical office façade is a single-glazed construction, the “leaning” folded facades of the atriums are faceted steel-glass construction, which functions as a climatic protective shell for sun- screening and natural lighting.
The exterior (street) facades are characterized by an abstract undulating horizontal louver combined with closed sills generating a protective screen-like surface. The louvers of glass- fiber-concrete adjust and optimize daylighting to the interior spaces.
Architects — Barkow Leibinger, Berlin, Frank Barkow, Regine Leibinger
Team Design — Martina Bauer, Michael Bölling, Clemens Klein, Elizaveta Mosina, Jerome Hord, Gabriel Tamez, Jessica Knobloch, Jens Weßel
Lobby, Offices Conference Centre, Seminar rooms, library, restaurant, archive and storage, underground parking
04|2011 - 06|2011
schlaich bergermann und partner - sbp gmbh
Transsolar Energietechnik GmbH, Stuttgart
IB Henne & Walter, Reutlingen
Neher Butz Ingenieur - Büro für Gebäudetechnik GmbH, Konstanz
Fire Protection Consultant
hhpberlin GmbH, Berlin
Capatti Staubach, Berlin