The curving walls in this building dramatically reduce the amount of internal structural support materials that are needed — for an analogy, think of when you take a piece of paper and roll it into a tube to make it stronger. The design abandons traditional office space partitions and opts for open work, meeting, and social areas that are architecturally connected. One end has more private office spaces, while the other end is more open and social. The prominent curved glass wall also provides a sight horizon through the building and to the adjacent green space. Exterior screens control light levels and heat gain.
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Flowing German Office Features State Of The Art Systems
by Andrew Michler, 11/11/10
The undulating Saegeling Medizintechnik office building in Heidenau, Germany features a radical design that utilizes radial walls and windows throughout its construction. Located in a neighborhood of traditional low-rise buildings, the white flowing form takes on an almost sculptural effect. The design by Gerd Priebe Architects reduces the need for structural supports, and they even kept the foundation of the previous building to reduce site impact. The building also features some pretty interesting systems and strategies like capillary tube thermal control, novel multi-radial windows, and circulation paths that determined the building’s shape.
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