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Sumit Singhal
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.

ÖWG/ÖWGes HEADQUARTERS in Moserhofgasse, Styria by Ernst Giselbrecht + Partner ZT GmbH

 
February 2nd, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Ernst Giselbrecht + Partner ZT GmbH

For every business, the new build of a company headquarter is a forward striving action, and thus, also the new ÖWG/ÖWGes office building, became an architectonic contribution to the urban room of Graz. In essence, it’s about expressing presence and future-orientated ambition both externally and among the employed staff, the building should communicate that new approaches are being made.

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  • Architects: Ernst Giselbrecht + Partner ZT GmbH
  • Project: ÖWG/ÖWGes HEADQUARTERS
  • Location: Moserhofgasse, 8010 Graz, Styria
  • Client: ÖWG/ÖWGes GmbH
  • Project team: Project manager: DI René Traby
    Collaborators: DI Martin Mittermayr, Renate Mussbacher
  • Technical consultants: Structural: DI Boyer, 8010 Graz
    Mechanical services: TB Ing. Starchel, 8430 Leibnitz
    Electrical: TB Ing. Stengg, 8720 Knittelfeld
    Construction physics: Rosenfelder&Höfler Consulting, 8010 Graz
  • Contractors: Main contractor: Lieb-Bau Weiz, 8160 Weiz
    Steel construction: Gänsweider GmbH, 8561 Söding
    Facade / Metalwork: Ferroglas GmbH, 4063 Hörsching
    Carpenter: Unterwaditzer GmbH, 9771 Berg
  • Competition: August 2007 (1st Prize)
  • Design & documentation: Autumn 2007 – Autumn 2009
  • Start of construction: June 2009
  • Completion: December 2010
  • Technical data: Net area: ca. 5.700 m² (without underground parking)
    Total floor area: ca. 10.600 m² (incl. underground parking)
    Cubage: ca. 37.250 m³ (incl. underground parking)
  • Costs: ~12,1 Mio. Euro net. (estimated)
  • Publications: Architektur&Bauforum, issue nr. 15, Sep. 2011
    PLD Professional Lighting Design, no. 78, Aug./Sep. 2011
    Architektur Aktuell, Oct. 2011
    Intelligente Architektur, Jan.-March 2012
    Zement+Beton, issue 2/12, June 2012
    Office Headquarters Vol.1, Hi-Design International Publishing Co., Ltd. /Dalian University of Technology Press, 2012, ISBN 978-7-5611-7057-1

As stated in the project brief, two separate structural units were accomplished and connected through a transparent link. The main building, functioning as customer centre, is located towards Moserhofgasse, whereas the office building is situated in the quiet, green garden area.

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Customer centre:

The customer centre, which is adjoining Moserhofgasse, states an architectonic representation of the company establishment.

Naturally, the areas in which customer contact is pursued are of great importance to existing and potential clients. In conjunction with the multifunction room, located on the lower floor, an information- and exhibition space was created which could potentially also be utilised externally, -for instance be rented out.

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The multifunction room is located in the lower floor as opposed to the top floor. The advantage of this solution is based on the fact that the entrance area is a three storey high space, visible from Moserhofgasse. The multifunction room is connected to this generous space as well as an outdoor light well courtyard, and is consequently naturally lit and ventilated by the open space. This way the customer centre becomes an interesting, clearly arranged, central area in terms of space.

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This generous three storey high open hall represents quality-orientated competence, and acts as a gesture of welcoming for everyone; -clients, staff and passers-by.

Office building:

The office building meets and represents the present contemporary office standards while simultaneously establishing a working environment which supports and facilitates the achievements of tasks and goals.

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The main entrance is centrally located in the middle of the office building. All office spaces are flexible and can be adjusted to suit the requirements of the user. These are requests which are necessary for contemporary office spaces and that have already been realised with great success in previous reference projects.

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In the area of the stairwell and lift, meeting points have been implemented. These are not only essential for the communication between employees, but also contribute to broadening of the corridor, enabling views to the outside. Furthermore, this area has been equipped with a minor coffee kitchen and supply units.

Above the two storey office building a roof terrace is located, which is available to all employees.

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Basement and underground parking:

As planned, a two storey under ground parking was built, which is accessed from the west. The access is enclosed to eliminate disturbance of neighbours, and the access ramp itself is structurally interlocked with the neighbouring building.

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Technical- storage- and archive facilities are located in the first basement floor, in connection to the circulation space.

Landscape planning:

The landscape has to the greatest extent been left remaining, and particularly on the west side where it expresses a statement of a consistent “green theme”. The landscape on the east side has been treated in a way that allows parking spaces, delivery area and fire brigade access to be arranged effortlessly.

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The headquarters of ÖWGes housing association has integrated with the existing settlement structure of Moserhofgasse, while still expressing independence, and through clear structure, transparency and quality it conveys the competence of the organisation to its clients and business partners.

Image Courtesy Ernst Giselbrecht + Partner ZT GmbH

Image Courtesy Ernst Giselbrecht + Partner ZT GmbH

Image Courtesy Ernst Giselbrecht + Partner ZT GmbH

Image Courtesy Ernst Giselbrecht + Partner ZT GmbH

Image Courtesy Ernst Giselbrecht + Partner ZT GmbH

Image Courtesy Ernst Giselbrecht + Partner ZT GmbH

Image Courtesy Ernst Giselbrecht + Partner ZT GmbH

Image Courtesy Ernst Giselbrecht + Partner ZT GmbH

Image Courtesy Ernst Giselbrecht + Partner ZT GmbH

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