Mixed-use Complex, Obernburg

This well-crafted mixed-use development responds sensitively yet assuredly to its surroundings, as can be seen in how its entrance block massing complements that of the nearby clock tower within the old city wall; in how its carefully scaled fenestration echoes that of the neighbouring properties; and in how the ground floor colonnade configuration animates the development at street level.

Internally, three over-sized concrete column blocks disseminate the building's heft, while also functioning as conduits for the various technical services, all of which are easily accessible. Taken as a whole, this structural arrangement delivers a series of uninterrupted floor plans, so offering end-users a high degree of flexibility in the internal arrangement of the spaces.

The building's clarity of layout is equally on show in how the main circulation area, located within the atrium, serves as both a reception hall for the offices on the first floor, and a lobby area for the apartments on the upper level. Within this central volume, the steel mesh balustrading complements the exacting aesthetic of the untreated cast in-situ concrete. In addition, lacquered plaster is used where tactile contact comes into play, as with the monolithic looking bridge above the entranceway, which connects the office floor areas located across the building's two main blocks. This link also functions as a 'visual pin', its form and solidity adding depth and drama to the atrium design.