The Slovakia-based headquarters of Strabag is an energy-efficient building - with an upside down house smashed into its side! The European construction company hired artist Erwin Wurm to add his signature work "House Attack" to the outside of their building. Designed by MHM Architects, SKC Bratislava is modern office building that takes advantage of geothermal heating and cooling and is filled with art. The horizontal tower is clad in green low-e glass and it provides office space for 530 people in Slovakia's capital, Bratislava.
Strabag Slovaki’s headquarters in Bratislava were designed by Viennese firm MHM Architects, who sought to reflect the construction company’s work and interest in the arts. In fact, the building prominently displays the company’s extensive art collection, with works by renowned artists. The most notable is Erwin Wurm’s “House Attack” – a single-family home hanging from the corner of the building as though it were about to fall off. Strabag’s selection of outdoor art is certainly an interesting one.
The six-story building is perched on stilts to create a shaded plaza and an entrance below the building. MHM Architecture’s design focused on ways to reduce energy use. Glass in various shades of green clad the building and provide sun and sound insulation without sacrificing daylight. The building’s narrow floor plan provides every office space with access to light, views and natural ventilation. Rooftop gardens provide space for relaxation and events with views of the surrounding area. Finally, the energy-efficient office is heated and cooled with a geothermal well system and a heat pump.
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