The new centre for data processing in Karlsruhe is key to the smooth functioning of 65 tax offices across southwest Germany. The addition of a new administration centre is part of a phased programme of construction works to update and modernise the facilities.
The designers wanted to create a contemporary mix of buildings for the site whist respecting the existing listed structures. The new single-storey administration building is an 80 by 11 m reinforced concrete structure. In order to create contrast with the existing buildings, the facade for the data centre consists of a back-ventilated curtain wall using 3 mm thick galvanized steel plates. Energy efficiency was also an important criteria, the design incorporates a high level of insulation and the orientation of the glazed surfaces was optimised for natural light.
Architect: hotz + architekten
Image: hotz + architekten
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