Modernist Intervention

Centre for Data Processing, Karlsruhe

The new centre for data processing in Karlsruhe is key to the smooth functioning of 65 tax offices across southwest Germany. The addition of a new administration centre is part of a phased programme of construction works to update and modernise the facilities.



The designers wanted to create a contemporary mix of buildings for the site whist respecting the existing listed structures. The new single-storey administration building is an 80 by 11 m reinforced concrete structure. In order to create contrast with the existing buildings, the facade for the data centre consists of a back-ventilated curtain wall using 3 mm thick galvanized steel plates. Energy efficiency was also an important criteria, the design incorporates a high level of insulation and the orientation of the glazed surfaces was optimised for natural light.

Architect: hotz + architekten

Image: hotz + architekten

Posted on February 2, 2016 by untitled

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