Atelier and Office Building / LÜPS

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Architects: LÜPS
Location: , Germany
Completion: 2010
Collaborators: Peter Megele, Thomas Huber
Structure: IB Heinrich
Photographs: Thomas Huber, Atelier Lüps

Courtesy of Atelier Lüps

In the south and west the building is surrounded by meadows and ponds. The Andechs ridge and the Alps form the horizon. The areas in the north are commercial and residential. The exterior walls of the Atelier building grow up from the asphalt surface of the former parking lots. This suggests the concave configuration of the base in the same texture as the surrounding road surfaces. It creates a transition between parking surface and the well-dressed white wall.

plan 01

By the way the building proportions are changed dramatically. The material change between base and masonry can be found on the inside again. Developed from a sustainable point of view of the qualities of land – concept of solar architecture – the building completely opens up to the southern sun but closed to the other cardinal points.

All interior spaces benefit equally from light and views. The inner experiences of space is created by different volumes of scuptured forward and backward jumps, vertical and horizontal vistas from wall to wall and widely varying ceiling heights. The atmosphere of the space continuum is characterized by the material and the clear daylight guidance from the south facade.

plan 03

The warm red of the bare brick masonry of exterior walls and the natural concrete of the interior walls and ceilings testify the fresh impression of a shell. No material overlaps another. Simple steel staircase adds the impression of a workshop or – French – an Atelier. There is a special place emerged for creative work: Contemplative, appropriate, direct.

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Cite: "Atelier and Office Building / LÜPS" 28 Mar 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 29 May 2015. <>