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.
Crossroad offices in Graz, Austria by OFIS Arhitekti
May 25th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: OFIS Arhitekti
GREEN ATRIUMS AS DIVIDERS OF THE SPACE
The new volume is positioned behind the existing villa with individual cut outs – “green bays” in function of the extended external park coming into the pavilion.
The new extension acts as a crossroad regulator between existing villa and approaches from the street on the south side and the underground parking on the east side.
Existing Villa and extension are connected; both, raised ground floor and first floor are on the same level as existing Villa. Both buildings can work together as a single unit or they can work separately which allows more flexibility towards future tenants.
Main entrances into the extension are heading Lechgasse on southeast and garage pedestrian entrance towards northeast. Old Villa can be approached either from these entrances or from separate historical entrance through the porch from the park.
The program is distributed on both floors of the extension in the sizes required by the brief. One enters the extension through the gentle slope heading Leechgase or through staircase heading the garage entrance. There is space for reception, wardrobe and beverages/snack self service machines by the entrance. Behind is a space for coffee, informal meetings and rest. The lobby waves around green atriums and offers entrances to both large conference rooms and elevator/staircase leading the first floor. It is also connected with existing historical Villa. Lobby is a multipurpose space that can also work in case of receptions and other events as space of catering, exhibition or informal presentations. Congress halls can be joined if necessary. Both rooms have possibility of daily light with attractive view towards the park and new green atrium that create calm, human friendly and intimate atmosphere. Smaller congress hall, meeting/president room and secretariat with archive/storage and toilets are located on the first floor.
LANDSCAPE AND TRAFFIC
The proposal keeps the existing trees and plans some new ones on the Northwest side.
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