Office for Urban Development and Environment / Sauerbruch Hutton

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Sauerbruch Hutton was announced first prize winner for their design of a new home for Hamburg’s Behörde für Stadtentwicklung und Umwelt/BSU (Office for Urban Development and Environment).  The new colorful BSU building will be erected in and is slated for completion in 2013.

More images and more about the project after the break.

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The building consists of one high rise and two wing buildings, with the public BSU facilities such as exhibition areas and restaurants, located on the street level floors.  A central lobby will house the exhibition of Hamburg’s urban model which will be highly visible through the large glass facade.

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The building’s concept is structured in seven separate ‘houses’.  These houses are connected via an access ‘road’ that has its own open staircase atrium which enhances easy orientation, efficient vertical access, good distribution of natural light into interior spaces, and natural cross-ventilation.

The building combines passive and active measures, like thermal insulation, cross-ventilation, sun-powered heating, and energy harvested from geothermal and solar equipment, as a way to minimize energy consumption.

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As seen on Bustler.

Cite: Cilento, Karen. "Office for Urban Development and Environment / Sauerbruch Hutton" 17 Dec 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 21 Oct 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=44096>
  • http://www.modern-zen.com Michael Earle Modern Zen

    I love it when these huge projects ALSO consider (in whatever degree they can) green/eco features.

    “The building combines passive and active measures, like thermal insulation, cross-ventilation, sun-powered heating, and energy harvested from geothermal and solar equipment, as a way to minimize energy consumption.”

    They started with solar and geothermal. Why not take it to other levels: wind, water, etc, etc…

  • killuation

    the colors are beautiful in the renderings, but I can hardly think the same as when the real building suffering rainning and air pollution

    • http://flickr.com/scott_r_mclemore maclemore

      Actually they hold up in my opinion. If you look at their Fire and Police station in Berlin, or their Environmental Agency in Dessau you’ll see.

      Actually, this looks exactly like that Evironmental Agency. Anyone?

  • Second Rate

    Honestly, these guys always deliver.

  • sid

    u can c it`s a sauerbruch hutton design. it get`s boring when a practice always follows the same kind of language…..

  • dea

    for something this huge
    its BORING
    and I second thhe the colors comment ,plus the colors are ugly
    in some way maybe neutrals wouldve been less harmful ,but still boring
    too repetitive

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  • Hamedreza Vosough

    Vibrant, colorful and fascinating