With this competition, the Rosa Luxembourg Foundation was looking for a building design that should be “recognizable in form and appearance as a foundation headquarters.” The uniformly transparent façade of our design stands for an open and inviting building. Similarly, it is delicately and rhythmically built. The internal structure of the building—with its columns, balustrades, office walls, stairs and other elements—is visible through this glass skin, so that the use of the individual floors is readable from the outside. As a strong architectural object, our design asserts itself in its urban context. Individual façade cutouts loop around the rectilinear shape of the building and extend over one or up to three stories. Depending on the observer’s position, exciting insights into the otherwise clear cube appear. Together with the former Postbahnhof, the foundation’s new building forms a new, urban space and fills the gap between the train station, street, and railway tracks.
|Martin Schmitt, Jeong-Hoon Kim, Reiner Beelitz, Caroline Høgsbro