Text description provided by the architects. herbertarchitekten were asked to design the new headquarter of europes biggest lighting-online-store. The challenge was to transform a former school building, const- ructed in the 1960s, into a representative office building.
Due to the huge demand of space, the original flat hip roof was removed and a new level in timber frame construction was placed on top.
Naturally, the modernized building fulfills actual german regulati- ons for energy saving in buildings. Inside the existing formal order was kept. Stairs and corridors remained, the former classrooms were transformed into offices.
The street elevation was heavily modified. A new extension hou- ses the entrance on ground floor. On first floor there ́s a repre- sentative meeting room.
Additionally, small rectangular windows. the glas covered with coloured and transparent foil, are scattered above the facade.
Inside a new steel-constructed staircase, with 8cm thick stairs of natural stone, combines the ground and first floor. Staircase as well as the extension and the foil-covered windows are lit spectacularly with colour-changing LEDs.
Architects and client decided to create a modern but decent fee- ling inside - realized through a combination of black granite, glass, white walls and ceilings.