October 30, 2011, 6:19 pm
kadawittfeldarchitektur has explored the concept of shoe laces in terms of structure and a connecting device, in this case connecting walkways that cross the building’s atrium.
adidas Laces by kadawittfeldarchitektur. Photography by Werner Huthmacher.
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The ring structure developed by kadawittfeldarchitektur lends to the building a double relationship to the landscape – both to the outer surroundings and to the communicative landscape of the atrium. The connecting walkways, ‘Laces’, efficiently open up access to all office areas without the need to cross through other departments. At the same time they transform the atrium into a creative centre of the building that provides an identity.
The new Laces blend into the existing World of Sports ensemble as a floating counterpart to the black, recumbent mass of the adidas Brand Centre. Its clearly contoured volume positively invites the surrounding campus to find a continuation within its interior, an atrium with a controlled climate. Lined up in a circular arrangement, the office areas with their large glazed surfaces open onto the atmospheric inner space and the remarkable landscaped space. The connecting walkways that cross the atrium, the Laces, “tie” the built volume together, as it were, to form a many-layered office building that is rich in relationships. They enable a maximum of interaction and allow open areas of communication to emerge. As delicate connecting bridges, they weave a poetic spatial structure into the interior and thus make the special creative atmosphere of the building legible. The result is an inspiring place for research and product development.
Text by PR kadawittfeldarchitektur
ARCHITECT: kadawittfeldarchitektur, Aachen, Germany. CLIENT: Adidas AG World of Sports . LOCATION: Herzogenaurach, Germany. DESCRIPTION: Office Building. STATUS: completed. AREA: 62000 sqm. PROJECT LEADERS: Gerhard Wittfeld, Klaus Kada. PROJECT PARTNER: Dirk Zweering. PROJECT MANAGER: Christoph Helmus. PROJECT MANAGEMENT: DU Diedrichs. CONSTRUCTION SITE MANAGEMENT: CL-MAP GmbH. LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE: Adler+Olesch. STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING: Weischede, Herrmann + Partner. FAÇADE ENGINEERING: PBI. BUILDING PHYSICS: Ingenieurgesellschaft für Bauphysik TOHR. FIRE ENGINEERING: hhpBerlin. MANAGEMENT CONSULTATION: M.O.O.CON. SAFETY/HEALTH COORDINATION: Genesis Umwelt Consult. SIGNAGE SYSTEM: Büro uebele. M&E ENGINEERING: Planungsgruppe M+M with Jürgensen+Baumgartner and Bartenbach Lichtlabor. INTERIOR DESIGN: KINZO . PROJECT TEAM: Benjamin Beckers, Frank Berners, Holger Giesen, Jens Johannisson, Lutz Langer, Minh Nguyen, Arnd Schüle, Ute Schmidt, Julia Therstappen, Andrea Thörner, Roswitha van der Kooi, Sascha Thomas (visualization), Daniel Trappen (interior design), Christiane Luiz (interior design), Eva Strotmeier (interior design). COMPETITION PROJECT TEAM: Dirk Zweering, Mathias Faber, Christoph Helmus, Jonas Kroeber, Sascha Thomas, Astrid Dierkes, Michael Rahmfeld. DATE: 08/2008 – 06/2011. No part of this web site may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without prior permission of Morfae and the copyright owner.
adidas Laces by kadawittfeldarchitektur in Herzogenaurach, Germany
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