Germany, The ThyssenKrupp Quarter Architecture

ThyssenKrupp Quarter Architecture is an architectural building with “consistent”, which is independent and has been described in the invitation for the architect competition. Not the symbolic volume that reaches far into the sky – far more expectations focused on a broad and flexible structure of the same structure that can react to changes in the group process. In connection with these requirements, the design together by JSWD Architects and Chaix Morel et Associés & between 105 participants won in other competitions. Steps from the “ensemble consistent” with the idea of campus architecture design is only small, but strong.

The ThyssenKrupp Quarter consists of an arrangement of individual buildings embedded into a green carpet lined with trees. The buildings outline the central axis with the large water basin and are within short distances from each other. As a tribute to these higher-level characteristics of urban planning, JSWD Architects and Chaix & Morel place great importance on the architectural perfection of the individual buildings. The goal was to create a quarter with a compact and homogenous architectural appearance. The observer will remember this image of strong unity.

The overall design principle applied to all new buildings of the campus is referred to as “shell to core”. All buildings of the quarter are composed of L-shaped individual volumes that clasp around a shared centre. Thus, the architecture of the headquarters (Q1) as well as the Q2 forum and neighbouring administration buildings Q5 and Q7 clearly are centring. There are two types of façade: one is oriented towards the centre and the other defines the outside and thus the effect the buildings have on outside facilities.

These outer facades alter the image of the “rough shell”. On building Q1, the horizontal slats of the outside sunshield characterize the “rough shell”. In the forum, the outside sunshield also conveys the architectural idea. Here, bevel-edged perforated metal sheets made from stainless steel represent the universal design idea. On Q5 and Q7 the idea of a “rough shell” is characterized as a playful structure of horizontal and vertical stainless steel slats.

The facades of the atriums and inner courtyard found on a different design idea: Large-format, coloured flat sheets that conclude the façade. Both façade types have a unique charisma; however, their overall effect founds on the interaction of the shell and core. The consistent application of this principle to all buildings of the campus was key to the homogeneous overall impression of the new ThyssenKrupp Quarter that can be felt today.


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