wasserfall munting architects: office bührmann & partners wasserfall munting architects: office bührmann & partners
sep 29, 2011

wasserfall munting architects: office bührmann & partners

‘office bührmann & partners’ by wasserfall munting architects, klein windhoek, namibia images courtesy of wasserfall munting architects

completed by namibia-based practice wasserfall munting architects, the ‘office bührmann & partners’ located in klein windhoek, namibia has been shortlisted for an award in the office category for the 2011 world architecture festival. a long-span concrete beam extends from the facade to announce its main entrance and circulate visitors into an oasis garden. a roof height wing wall adjacent to a floating entry stair introduces an axial pathway bordering an open air courtyard with mature trees. the plot’s narrow dimensions and limited area of 1,500 square meters within a residential district dictated a low-profile structure to conform to the modest scale of the established architectural context.

long-span concrete beam and wing wall announces entry stair

a butterfly roof projects from the central lobby space to cantilever over the work areas introducing natural light into the inner depths of the building through ribbon clerestory windows. hovering above a reflecting pool, the office spaces are contained within glass cubes framed with monolithic bands of concrete. the linear water element serves as a psychological barrier to divide the functional areas of the site while a steel mesh fence provides a secure boundary for the complex. the material palette of untreated concrete, aluminum and timber complement the native vegetation planted within the adjacent courtyard.

path to main entrance

offices border outdoor courtyard


courtyard entrance glowing at night

offices illuminated at night

site model

model of butterfly roof



project info:

architects: wasserfall munting architects project architect: jaco wasserfall client: bührmann & partners consulting engineers civil/structural: bührmann & partners consulting engineers mechanic/electric: GS fainsinger & associates contractor: MAT construction project value: 11 million NAD (namibian dollar) completion: 2010

  • Elegant design, concrete has rarely looked so beautiful in its utility. The unifying beam works perfectly — what a great way to display a logo. and the inverted roof — hope it lives up to its designer’s name in the infrequent rain. Cudos!

    Tom P says:

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