Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Lampenwelt Office Building in Schlitz, Germany by Herbertarchitekten (designed with ArchiCAD, AutoCAD, and MegaCAD)
May 10th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal
herbertarchitekten were asked to design the new headquarter of europes biggest lighting-online-store – lampenwelt.de The challenge was to transform a former school building, constructed in the 1960s, into a representative office building.
Materials & Products
Due to the huge demand of space, the original flat hip roof was removed and a new level in timber frame construction was placed on top.
Naturally, the modernized building fulfills actual german regulations for energy saving in buildings. Inside the existing formal order was kept. Stairs and corridors remained, the former classrooms were transformed into offices.
The street elevation was heavily modified. A new extension houses the entrance on ground floor. On first floor there´s a representative meeting room.
Additionally, small rectangular windows. the glas covered with coloured and transparent foil, are scattered above the facade.
Inside a new steel-constructed staircase, with 8cm thick stairs of natural stone, combines the ground and first floor. Staircase as well as the extension and the foil-covered windows are lit spectacularly with colour-changing LEDs.
Architects and client decided to create a modern but decent feeling inside – realized through a combination of black granite, glass, white walls and ceilings.