schmelzle+partner's office in germany features a steel levitating façade

schmelzle+partner's office in germany features a steel levitating façade

every design by german studio schmelzle+partner architekten focuses on three main issues: aesthetics, functionality, and optimum usability. this strategy has been strictly applied by the four partners of the firm when constructing their own office building for 45 employees amidst the black forest, using industrial building materials.

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the main entrance hides between pine trees



schmelzle+partner’s office building, located in hallwangen, germany, a picturesque spot in the black forest with impressive views which, blends perfectly with the surrounding landscape. the distinctive façade, which seems to be raised above the ground, stands out even from afar, while the structure seems to perfectly united with the landscape by its green roof.

the façade is made of glass and steel



the project is the first step for the realization of the masterplan ‘architecture campus – work&live at the same place’. the next construction phase will be formed on the south-eastern bordering area as a model for the future, presenting apartments created for employees and trainees, as well as more office spaces.

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the office lyes on four levels



the transparent overall structure flanked by vast glazed surfaces creates a fluent crossing between the interior space and the outside. the natural topography is brought into the building on different levels which are separated by steps. every single level is acoustically demarcated with all-glass railings, which ensure the transparency of the whole area.

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the office spaces are created entirely according to employees’ needs and promote personal well-being as well as internal communication. a large table for an ideal team size — 6 to 8 people — offers the possibility of change and enlargement at any time. no matter how diverse the projects are, the working spaces can easily be adjusted to the needs of every situation. small areas can be spontaneously demarcated, extended or reduced for creating different working spaces which provide a perfect environment for project work.

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a long-desk system in the office provides room for flexible team sizes



the interior concept effortlessly allows creating new working worlds. thus the discussion space appears only if needed, with an all-around running curtain which generates an enclosed space. the planners decided exclusively on standardized building materials and the ones used in industrial construction —coated steel profiles, trapezoidal sheet roof, fair-faced concrete walls, and beam facade dominate the appearance.

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the archive


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the reception floor features a conference table which can be separated by a curtain or be left open


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the table turned into a conference room


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the waiting area for guests


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the new office part extends an existing building


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