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Karlsstrasse Site . Munich

EM2N . Karlsstrasse Site . Munich (1)

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The proposals for the new Karlshof by EM2N have been awarded second prize. The building, which offers innovative and diversified office loft spaces as well as a hotel, asserts its presence in heterogeneous surroundings with a primarily industrial character in Munich’s inner city. All the users circulate through a generously sized courtyard edged by continuous rings of balconies, which forms a striking centre. This creates a clear public quality and helps form a common identity. Together with the spaces that can be used communally the potential synergies between hotel, gastronomy and offices are combined here, making the Karlshof into a modern, innovative setting for work. Continue reading EM2N

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Quartier Heidestrasse . Berlin

EM2N . Quartier Heidestrasse . Berlin (10)

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In the architecture competition for the development of Quartier Heidestrasse, an ensemble of commercial buildings, the proposal by EM2N has won the first prize. In this newly developed part of Berlin it is planned to create a lively district made up of residential and commercial areas, public streets and squares and green spaces of a high quality. With a gross area of around 114,000 square metres, the project consists of a row of simple commercial buildings, accentuated by individual high-rises. A family of precisely positioned and typologically powerful buildings creates the framework for new life on Heidestrasse. The manufacturing history of this location, based on the old Berlin Gewerbehof (courtyard-type industrial complex), provides both the starting point and inspiration for this kind of coexistence. Planned start of construction is in 2018. Continue reading EM2N

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Medela Complex . Perlen

em2n . Medela Complex . Perlen (1)

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The master plan takes up the parallel nature of the location’s morphology. All the functions are organized in parallel strips. As a gesture of respect to the heterogeneous surroundings and their different scales the largest volume, the production building, is moved to the centre of the site. The basic organization and structure of this building creates optimal routes, simple geometries and a compact volume. The round administration building stands in the middle of Medela Park on a deck that creates a terrace to the park. Together with the surrounding parkland the round building at the front functions as a kind of filter. The ground floor with the reception area opens through an atrium to the research and administration departments on the upper floors. The external appearance of the building is kept plain. The use of translucent materials lends the façade depth and creates an expression that can vary between solid and ephemeral. Continue reading EM2N