The rented 575m² industrial loft behind the brick façade of a former hat factory from the last century offers ideal conditions with its open structure for the development of new ideas. The building structure of the loft is listed.
Terms and concepts from Ecom’s network, e.g. “Plug in“ or “Backbone“ are to play
an important role in the company’s future architecture to support and develop its own identity. No changes have been made along the attractive windows to retain the impressive generosity of the “loft feeling”. The corridor and operating space runs along a façade which is suffused with light. The concept of the central “Backbone“tries to focus all changes on this connecting core area which has the potential for a lot of different uses. Many workstations are connected to the “Backbone“, which creates an open and communicative office structure.
The entire expanse of the loft’s historic window façade can now come fully into effect while the multifunctional Backbone offers all the essentials, e.g. stacking, archive, coat room, features for relaxation like seating areas, the bar as well as the entire technical installation. The Backbone was built in the form of serial shelf-like furniture, as a mega structure of untreated chipboard to comply with the extremely low budget. Special material has been used for individual shelves to ensure pleasant acoustics, and soft seating areas have been built as well as lounge-like meeting areas surrounded by soft curtains. Glass walls are completing noise protection. The detached Box (Sanitary Rooms, Reception, Kitchen, Meeting space) is coated with dark paint and is used like a huge blackboard for making notes.
The 38 workstations form an innovative and communicative office structure with a good social atmosphere for a low cost. The dialogue between the historic material and the new additions using lightweight design and considering the geographical separations, combine the demands of monumental protection with the demands of modern rooms for innovative companies.
Designer: xarchitekten, Linz and Vienna, Austria, www.xarchitekten.com
Client: Ecomplexx GmbH, www.ecomplexx.com
Location: Carl Blum Straße 3, Wels, Austria
Description: Offices / Restoration
Area: 575 sqm
Project team: David Birgmann, Bettina Brunner, Rainer Kasik, Max Nirnberger, Lorenz Prommegger.
Collaborators: Anna Moser, Markus Öhlinger, Miriam Brandstetter, Thomas Blazek