EFFEKT's kielhöfe workspaces take cues from architectural heritage of downtown kiel

EFFEKT's kielhöfe workspaces take cues from architectural heritage of downtown kiel

in an effort toward adaptive reuse, EFFEKT proposes its ‘kielhöfe’ transformation of a derelict cluster of historic buildings in downtown kiel. the disused structures once housed the editorial offices and printing press of german newspaper kieler nachrichten. the publishing house had marked the spirit of the neighborhood, occupying an entire city block and hosting all levels of newspaper production from newsroom editing to printing and distribution. with the changing times and a shift toward digital media, the obsolete production facilities had ultimately closed their doors. now, the team at EFFEKT seeks to rethink the physical workplace presence of kieler nachrichten and their relevance in a much broader context.

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with its kielhöfe masterplan, EFFEKT highlights the evolution of media communication, reconsidering the activities that have a share in communication — like eating, creating, making, recreating, and socializing. the development of the industrial site into a vibrant mixed-use living hub will become a vital part of the rejuvenation and a driver in the revitalization of the city center in kiel. while fleethörn will still be the center for news in kiel, locals are invited right into the heart of the newspaper by integrating and interweaving the newspaper’s functions into the urban fabric and mixing these with new and related cultural programs.

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EFFEKT designs the kielhöfe renovation with the respect for kiel’s unique architectural identity. the team seeks to uncover the ‘architectural code’ and translate it into a natural, contemporary hybridization. this involves the thoughtful integration of detailing, ornamentation, and materiality. to mediate the large elevation difference between the buildings and the street, the team carefully plans and programs a pedestrian courtyard space. here, visitors at the level of the street may filter through the courtyard and access a large food court, meeting facilities, and event spaces. above, the development hosts offices and co-working space, with a series of publicly accessible roof gardens and a large conservatory and event space on the roof of the printing press.

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EFFEKT's kielhöfe workspaces take cues from architectural heritage of downtown kiel EFFEKT's kielhöfe workspaces take cues from architectural heritage of downtown kiel EFFEKT's kielhöfe workspaces take cues from architectural heritage of downtown kiel

 

 

project info:

 

project title: kielhöfe

architecture: EFFEKT

location: kiel, germany

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