- Building category
- Office and Business
- Windows, Façades
- FW 50+
- Munich, Germany
- ABH-Architekturbüro Heese GmbH
- Heidersberger Fassadenbau GmbH
Knorr-Bremse AG’s new technology center was integrated in the middle of existing company buildings on the firm’s grounds on Moosacher Strasse in the northern part of Munich. The new building designed by ABH Architekturbüro Heese GmbH, consisting of three cubes connected by glass bridges, has a clear and distinctive formal and volumetric language. While it stands out clearly from the existing buildings, it does not compete with them. The cubes are slightly separated from one another, giving rise to a spacious forecourt in front the main entrance to the ensemble in the middle cube. The garden between the structures is designed as a Japanese garden. Each cube encases a central atrium with a glass façade which provides exciting views and sufficient illumination of the workplaces and break areas. The atrium in the middle cube serves as a representative entrance hall to the meeting and conference rooms housed here alongside the office and research rooms. The appealing Schüco fully-glazed façade is an integral part of the energy concept. Additional air-conditioning is not needed in more than 90% of the building volume. The triple insulation glazing and the solar shading integrated between two glass panes on the outside reduce heating and cooling burdens. The motor-controlled parallel exhibition windows from Schüco support nighttime cooling and enable natural ventilation of the rooms. Cooling-heating ceilings, fed from a groundwater well, regulate the temperature of the rooms. Due to the highly intelligent interplay between the building envelope, the building’s control systems, and the building’s technical equipment, a sustainable and resource-saving energy concept could be developed and implemented in the new technology center.