Glazed Software Factory
The idea behind the new office building of a software manufacturer in Karlsruhe is to have a "transparent software factory". This is not only expressed in the external appearance of the new building, but is also systematically continued in the building structure and internal organisation.
Three interlocked and slightly offset volumes form numerous terraces and accentuate the main entrance on the northern side. The facade and outer appearance of the building is characterised by large, fixed window elements that fan out to the north and thus enable basic shading. The staggered arrangement of the opaque and transparent facade elements lends the building a subtle depth and allows it to change in an interplay of light and shadow. Inside, open, transparent spatial structures enable varying office typologies that combine areas for communication and concentration, providing a bright, varied working environment for both customers and employees.
The floor, ceiling and wall surfaces are largely made of exposed concrete, while the installations and building services vanish into the cavity floor. Thus, the extension together with the black metal surface of the facade represents a clearly defined and stringent material concept.
In order to ensure maximum flexibility, the building can also be divided into smaller units and rented out if required. Two main entrances with their own foyers allow for the clear separation of users on the ground floor. Spacious, transparent stairwells and open connecting bridges enable those inside the building to quickly gain their bearings while providing versatile visual connections both inwardly and outwardly.