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Kanzlei Balkenhol / Ecker Architekten

  • 01:00 - 2 June, 2011
Kanzlei Balkenhol / Ecker Architekten
Kanzlei Balkenhol / Ecker Architekten, © Brigida González
© Brigida González

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From the architect. This building is protected under historic preservation laws and was renovated as a professional leasing property for law offices and an accounting firm. Built on a massive plinth, two facades are adorned with elaborate sandstone decorations in the neo-classic style. 

floor plan
floor plan

Due to decades of vacancy and neglect, the bearing capacity of the floors no longer met code and the entire building, from the basement to the roof rafters, was gutted. The outer envelope was the only remnant of the original structure to remain intact.

© Brigida González
© Brigida González

An former addition to the rear of the existing sturcture has been replaced by a new centrally-located building core containing stairs, entryways, toilets, wardrobes and break rooms. This aluminum-clad extension is separated by a fully-gazed circulation space that demarks a neutral joint between the historic main building and its modern counterpart. The colors and materials palette creates a harmonious composition of old and new, and restores the luster to this small gem in the Odenwald.

© Brigida González
© Brigida González
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32 Comments

majchers · June 09, 2011

And, Lou, here is the answer to your "How could or should this self-evident ‘contrast’ be approached?" : http://www.archdaily.com/13815.... I do not mind this one at all.
;-)

majchers · June 08, 2011

Here is a decent example of what I had in mind saying 'countless examples'... http://www.archdaily.com/14032...

majchers · June 06, 2011

Lou,
Not every person commenting here on this forum is as brilliantly eloquent as you are. Never mind as fluent in English so your comments on grammar are cheap shots. So are those on intelligence.
Additionally - since when saying that this design does not match the rest is whiny trashing?
P.S. When I will find time I will get you few links to prove my point.

Lou Reed · June 06, 2011 11:09 PM

majchers
you are absolutely right. Although not exactly constructive criticism, 'fist to the nose' and 'axe to the forehead' does not qualify as whiny. I was refering to micah's whiny comment.

majchers · June 06, 2011

Dear Lou Reed,
Every person has a right to express his/her opinion, especially in the forums. That's what forums are all about.
As to the said project - there are countless examples of how one can add ‘a service building housing toilets and a staircase' to the historical building using modern techniques and construction methods not necessarily making it to look like an axe in a forehead.

Lou Reed · June 06, 2011 07:37 PM

Thanks for pointing out the obvious.

I simply don't understand the hyperbole, the poor rhetorics, the agressive idioms used here. I read 'forums' for an intelligent discourse about architecture, not a whiny trashing of other colleagues work. Why don't we begin by pointing out just one or two from the 'countless' examples you mention. You know, show some intelligence for once.

majchers · June 04, 2011

There are many other choices other than deferring to the original. And yes, you have a right to like this project.

micah · June 04, 2011 10:26 AM

When will architects stop tacking modern boxes onto old buildings, separated by vertical glazing? it is just too easy to mask the lack of thought, ingenuity and care for the original under facade of 'wanting to make a contrast'

knock · June 04, 2011

i don't think the addition is to get attention ... i think the modern addition really accentuates and highlights the original building. Would you prefer some addition that defers to the original, and thus degrades both majchers? I love projects like this. well done.

majchers · June 05, 2011 07:59 PM

There are many other choices other than deferring to the original. And yes, you have a right to like this project

Centurión Bertorello · June 03, 2011

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majchers · June 03, 2011

Brave approach and bravo. But oh my gosh how it badly does not match the rest! Do we really need to use fist to the nose principle to get attention?

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