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RheinauArtOffice

Within the framework of the proposed urban-planning development of the Rheinauhafen area, schuett architects have designed an office building for Microsoft’s North-Rhine Westphalian office in cooperation with Freigeber Architekten. Essentially, the facade of the proposed building complex consists of two supporting, asymmetrical ‘belts’ which, shifted against each other, loop through the whole edifice, thus connecting two individual rhomboid building units in a sculptural way. To ensure a maximum of spatial efficiency, the external parts of the building, which are situated on a flood protection platform, were supplemented with a two-storied bridge construction.The open space under the bridge opens up a stage-like view of the docks. Generous glass surfaces make for a transparent and dynamic architecture, through which city and river alike remain perceptible. The distinctive shape of the building thus forms a prominent landmark at Cologne’s docks. schuett architects are interested in the ‘space in-between’, an unmarked state of the world. ‘One must violate it in order to begin in the first place,’ says philosopher Norbert Bolz. „In order to be able to observe the world, one must draw distinctions, differentiate, mould“.

Designer: schuett architects and Freigeber Architekten Made in: Germany

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