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Hegau Tower / Murphy Jahn

  • 01:00 - 10 November, 2010
Hegau Tower / Murphy Jahn
Hegau Tower / Murphy Jahn, © Rainer Viertlboeck
© Rainer Viertlboeck

© Rainer Viertlboeck © Rainer Viertlboeck © Rainer Viertlboeck © Rainer Viertlboeck +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Singen, Mühlhausen-Ehingen, Germany
  • Architects

    Murphy Jahn
  • Lead Designer

     Helmut Jahn
  • Associate Architect

     Fischer und Partner Architekten
  • Structural Engineer

     Werner Sobek Ingenieure
  • Mechanical Engineer

     Transolar Energietechnik
  • Materials/Products

     Clauss Markisen (exterior shades)
  • Client

     GVV Städtische Wohnungsbaugesellschaft
  • Area

    17056.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

From the architect. Hegau Tower's design is a direct result of close collaboration between architect and client; a clear modernist expression.

© Rainer Viertlboeck
© Rainer Viertlboeck

Located in Singen, Germany, 20 km west of Lake Constance and in immediate proximity to the Swiss border, this design by Murphy Jahn is part of a larger development plan.  The redevelopment on the south side of the main train station is a representation of  the transition of this industrial town of roughly 45,000 people from production to service based businesses.

© Rainer Viertlboeck
© Rainer Viertlboeck

The building is full of highly functional and energy efficient details, including thermal mass activation and integration into the HVAC system, exterior flexible shading on southwest facing facades, natural ventilation, nighttime cooling, and daylight optimization.

© Rainer Viertlboeck
© Rainer Viertlboeck

More photographs after the break.

An extension of the regular façade beyond the building volume with screen walls generates a continuous glass sheet toward the eastern plaza and merges the two buildings into one. The tower is constructed as a concrete frame with stiffening core and perimeter columns. Structure and façade are designed for flexibility in office lay-outs and allow open plan, cell and combine offices as well as multiple tenants per floor. The façade module of 2,70 m fosters a generous ambiance of space.

© Rainer Viertlboeck
© Rainer Viertlboeck

Sustainable initiatives include the abundant and recurring strategies of daylight, air and water. A windproof, exterior automatic operable sunshade on the southwest façade allows for reduction of solar loads along with automatic interior perforated louvers on the other three facades. Natural ventilation is provided via hopper windows operated via chain motors and held by scissor hinges. The flat concrete slab is equipped with PVC water tubes to cool and heat the exposed thermal mass of the structure.

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Sally To · November 13, 2010
Gaby Rodriguez · November 12, 2010

Hegau Tower, sustainability by Helmut Jahn: http://www.archdaily.com/87882...

schole019 · November 12, 2010

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Ned A. Steinman · November 12, 2010

WOW, now this is an #office building - love it: http://bit.ly/aT092u

fk · November 11, 2010

Doug, I would agree. I have seen both examples in person and the current work is far and away better designed and constructed. I would suggest that part of that shift is in the increasing sophistication of the curtain wall contractors.

I appreciate the slight gestures that make each facade unique, without taking away from the overall composition.

Doug C. · November 11, 2010

After the miserable post-modernism they produced in the eighties, the quality of this recent work is stunning. And I agree with bruno, achitects are influenced by each other, get over it.

arch1980 · November 11, 2010

comparing with the catier foundation, this one is less intelligent spatial wise. architecure is not only about nice details and how colorless and transparent the glass is. this building, or almost all the design by murphy, is a bit physical and literal

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Romaiin · November 11, 2010

Very nice building, but it looks like too much to the Cartier foundation, of the french Nouvel : http://www.galinsky.com/buildi...

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paz · November 11, 2010

To me its more of "Werner Sobeck" then Murphy...
What happens to those cheesy over blown Murphy-esq detail&colors? I'm sure he got the list of wealthy clients but thats it. The real deal is "Sobeks detail" period.

æon · November 11, 2010

I like how it looks with the windows curtains randomly open.

Shawn · November 11, 2010

Doesn't anyone question functionality anymore?

It's a nicely detailed, minimal and rational shell with some clever moves like daylit fire/circulation stairs, north and south facade fins that I'd imagine would help with eastern and western sun.

I'm guessing the little lift up panels on facade spandrels are part of the ventilation system?

Sorry for the rant, I just think architects need to sound less like magazine welding clients and start contributing.

rodger · November 11, 2010

elegant building. nice use of water white glass.

Mariano · November 11, 2010

Cartier Foundation by Jean Nouvel...
Just Bigger scale and different urban settings.

Prahato · November 11, 2010 01:53 AM

On a closer scale it seems to resemble the Telus tower in Toronto: http://beta.images.theglobeand...

james · November 11, 2010

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