Our architecture is determined by the conceptual clarity and sustainability of the designs. The intensive confrontation with the building task as well as the consideration of the context is the basis of the concept. In architecture, we see not only a necessary outer shell: we also develop buildings that are economic, ecological and technically sustainable and that provide an identity for their respective locations. The work spectrum comprises all service phases of the HOAI – from design planning to approval planning, invitation to tender, and construction management.
Our attitude is characterised by respect for the context, the addition of a new building to an existing urban district – irrespective of whether a classical or modern impression is desired.
What is the appropriate reaction to the existing building structure in its formation, materiality and special features? A good example here is the housing development in St.-Anna-Platz in Munich, where the new buildings harmonise in their colour-matched materials and their clear stylistic idiom with the surrounding buildings, which range from a closed peripheral development to a baroque abbey church.
Architecture can appear as a clearly visible sign of the ideals and values of a company. It can be a modern, timeless architecture and the use of high-quality materials, but also the creation of a motivating work environment for the employees. For the new headquarters of the cosmetic company Reviderm, on the edge of Sauerlach, a new building was constructed that combines under one roof everything required for production, storage, research, offices and training. Instead of a faceless functional building, a flexibly structured envelope was developed that represents the attitude of the company and at the same time fulfils the wish for a sculptural, timeless design. In line with the company’s corporate identity, a material for the façade elements was sought that provides an association to the clean, colour-avoiding look of Reviderm. What was found was a concrete mix of acidified and water-resistant white cement that perfectly reflects the desired appearance.
The scale, materiality and façade structure of the surrounding buildings are a driving force for a modern reinterpretation. The housing development in Friedrichstrasse is characterised by its special location in the heart of Schwabing, surrounded by the decorative façades with fine ornaments and floral motifs from its era as the art nouveau artists’ quarter. At the turn of the century, generously sized studio windows in the lofts were popular, and studio buildings hidden in the courtyards characterised the streets. The new building can be seen as a high-quality city block that achieves a concise effect through the classic structure of the façade, while at the same time offering a high level of flexibility in the layout of the flats.
Landau + Kindelbacher