De Winder Architekten maintains industrial traces for its offices in Hamburg
German company De Winder Architekten has converted a former machinery factory in Hamburg into offices for publisher Carlsen, retaining traces of its former industrial use.
The office, which will be completed in 2021, will form part of a wider campus being developed for the publisher in the Altona area of the city, which will also include the refurbishment of the former Carlsen workspace.
Taking advantage of the existing building’s high ceilings, De Winder Architekten created a large multi-purpose hall for events and gatherings as the focal point of the new office.
This space is lined with pieces of modular and moveable furniture, providing seating, shelving and temporary workspaces made from scaffolding. It is finished in the distinctive red color in reference to traces of paint found in the old building.
“We asked ourselves early on how to create spatial intimacy (and volume) in the Great Hall, and how intimate the spaces should be so that they can be seen from both inside and outside,” De Winder Architekten project head Sascha Nikolauszki told Dezeen.
“Through the scaffolding room boxes, you can see how they are designed to pull out like drawers and intersect with each other, allowing you to experience them from the inside and outside,” he added.
Curtains allow the event space to be separated from a pavilion of traditional workspaces, which are organized around a double-height “walkway” that cuts through the center of the space.
Newly inserted dividing walls divide the ground floor into meeting space.
On the upper floor, the open-plan office is framed by the large steel columns of the existing structure and the remains of the former production facility.
A black cabin-like meeting room prefabricated off-site overlooks the hall below, featuring a warm interior of wood paneling, red paint and curtains.
“We deliberately dispensed with fixed systems at certain points to achieve a high degree of flexibility in the demarcation of spaces,” explained Nikolauszki.
He continued: “The different spatial references should be quickly and easily separated from each other, at least visually. This becomes clear with the large curtain that defines the boundaries of the market.”
Black steel walkways, railings and meeting rooms, as well as industrial-style furniture and lighting fixtures, were chosen to complement the facility’s historic relics, including the remains of a crane train on the ceiling.
Carlsen Publisher Campus was recently shortlisted in the Interior (Large) Workplace category of the 2023 Dezeen Awards alongside projects including Universal Design Studio’s 210 Euston Road.
Also in Hamburg, Studio Besau-Marguerre designed a colorful lobby for the MK&G Design Museum.
Photography by Mark Selin.