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Sumit Singhal
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.

Asfinag Office Building in Innsbruck, Austria by Peter Lorenz Ateliers

 
March 30th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Peter Lorenz Ateliers

A SIMPLE CUBE RESPONDING TO THE EXISTENT NATURE&ARCHITECTURE: Innsbruck’s central park, the astonishing RIVER INN and the impressing mountain “North Chain”.

Peter lorenz ateliers won the competition unanimously and convinced the client with a technological futuristic concept: open glass façade with “intelligent” sunscreens and individual maximized workplaces. The simple cube is being “sculptured” according to the needs of the entrance and the integration into the context – one city spot of extraordinary beauty. The client is the “Austrian motorway provider” and is keen to realize one of Europe’s most ecological and low energy buildings: 18kw/m2/year maintaining a very high “atmospheric & climate standard”.

Image Courtesy © Günter Richard Wett 

  • Architects: Peter Lorenz Ateliers
  • Project: Asfinag Office Building
  • Location: Innsbruck, Austria
  • Photography: Günter Richard Wett
  • Client: Autobahnen- und Schnellstraßen- Finanzierungs- Aktiengesellschaft
  • Size of the project: 2.300 m2
  • Cost: 5.900.000 Euros
  • Year: 2011
  • Start and Completion Date: 2010-2011
  • Software used: AutoCAD

Image Courtesy © Günter Richard Wett

UNIQUE SITE & CONTEXT
The obvious purpose to integrate the new office into the “historic bourgeois villa quarter” does not prevent the architects from expressing the technological language of the 21st century in a quite radical interpretation. The building was consequently conceived as an “office villa”, succeeding the transition between the neighboring protected villa and the crossroad, creating a dominant situation for the entrance. The semiotic and minimalistic message is uncompromising and therefore provokes controversial reactions.

Image Courtesy © Günter Richard Wett

NATURE DIALOGUE
The site one of the most beautiful imaginable in a European city: to the street side, workplaces are orientated to the southern historical imperial park, founded in the 18th century, to the west, the users of the staircase can have the direct dialogue with the stream landscape – the north is dominated by the impressing “north chain” – the only high mountains, which are accessible by public transport directly from the city (Zaha Hadid’s rail train – urban concept by peter lorenz ateliers)

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ARCHITECTURE
The entrance to the ground floor and the vertical circulation of the building are located at the west side of it – quite unusual but understandable, because of the spectacular experience of exploring the natural beauty while walking up to the offices. The different office spaces are organized like the “combi-office”, invented 20 years ago, in two rows on each floor, leaving in between the communicative & common spaces.

Image Courtesy © Günter Richard Wett

The ground floor and the third floor of the building are recessed in comparison to the first and second floor, starting in this way a dialogue between the neighbor villa and the offices and at the same time staging the entrance to the building. The interior is characterized by its neutral, reduced and flexibly individual working spaces. Lorenz: “high quality of urban planning and architecture are always sustainable”.

Image Courtesy © Günter Richard Wett

THE FAÇADE
The multi-layer façade is offering the impression of depth and the required flexibility, according to the needs of the interior space, which means sunlight and views protection. The digital steering of the sunscreens follows the optimized energy program – nevertheless the single users can adjust the screens according to their personal needs of sun and view protection. In this way the façade is always vital and alive: the actual appearance is ever-changing and being designed by the users. The sunscreen elements are made out of strained stainless steel mesh, reducing in this way the sunlight in the interior at about 50%.

Image Courtesy © Günter Richard Wett

SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGY_NO CARBON EMISSION_ RESOURCES SAVING ENERGY
For the new Asfinag office building, innovative-ecological technology was used in order to minimize the ecological footprint of its all year long use. The maximum energy consumption is calculated with 18kw/year/m2, while there is no need for fossil energy consumption because of the geothermic heating and cooling concept.

Image Courtesy © Günter Richard Wett

The heating and cooling of the building are succeeded through a pumping installation of groundwater, as well as an installation using the “active” concrete slabs with under floor convectors. Apart from the mechanical installation, different thermal insulation was used according to the orientation of the facades, thus creating a comfortable and long term qualitative working environment.

Image Courtesy © Günter Richard Wett

Image Courtesy © Günter Richard Wett

Image courtesy Peter Lorenz Ateliers

Image courtesy Peter Lorenz Ateliers

Image courtesy Peter Lorenz Ateliers

Plan : Image courtesy Peter Lorenz Ateliers

Site plan : Image courtesy Peter Lorenz Ateliers

Section 01 : Image courtesy Peter Lorenz Ateliers

View east : Image courtesy Peter Lorenz Ateliers

View west : Image courtesy Peter Lorenz Ateliers

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