This elegant office building, which replaced a derelict post-war lodge in Stuttgart is a stellar example of sustainable office design in Germany. The building, designed by Blocher Blocher Partners, brings together the firm's offices previously dispersed on three separate sites and provides a striking new workplace. Thanks to geothermal heating, gray water recycling and a green roof, the building has received the highest certification (Gold) by the German Council for Sustainable Building (DGNB).
Located in a busy neighborhood in Stuttgart, the building draws on the rustic appearance of the surroundings and features exposed concrete, wood facade elements and a roof which reinterprets traditional gable roof structures by using large pre-cast cement sections and subtle transitioning between the horizontal and vertical surfaces. The building is simple, but striking. Mahogany window elements are combined with glass and the plasticity of the roof.
Along with the office for architecture and interior design, the three floors of office spaces accommodate a firm that develops mono-brand concepts as well as an agency for communications, corporate design and visual merchandising.
The building’s fantastic environmental and energy performance is ensured through the use of geothermal energy, gray water use, and the presence of green roofs and gardens. Thanks to its innovative design, the building earned the gold certificate by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Nachhaltiges Bauen (DGNB), the German sustainable building council.
Photos by Klaus Mellenthin