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Creative Centre

Mannheim, DE

The City of Mannheim organised a limited entry design competition for a new creative industries centre in the district of Jungbusch in 2012. The objective was to create a new building at Hafenstrasse 25 that would offer 4600 m² of floor space for artists and new media professionals. The design continues the urban development along the nearby canal at the Teufelsbrücke bridge and along the port promenade. The new building lies between a district square and the Kauffmannsmühle former mill development. The existing Yaman building is integrated into the new building. Powerful brickwork facades proportioned by their perforations give the centre its abstract character.

Open, loft-like layouts provide the building's flexibility. The south of the building opens to a café and a multifunction area through a large foyer. Exhibition areas are on the first and second floors. All ancillary rooms are arranged along the east and west facades, with the result that the space in the middle of the building is freely configurable. The eight-storey northern part of the building contains studios, offices and showrooms, some of which are behind the existing facade. They are visible from a small interior courtyard. The north and south facades consist of glass with fabric solar shading, which can also be used as projection surfaces. Chairs can be set out in the roof garden for special events.

Stadt Mannheim
Competition
2011