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The small coastal State of Djibouti is located in a strategic position at the Horn of Africa. The country with 370 km coastline is planning to develop the port of its capital into the largest hub of East Africa. This also includes the development of the Middle river deltas of the Ambouli. A master plan was developed for this area by a Chinese investor, which foresees as a first project the construction of a shopping mall with cinema, supermarket and shops. Later, apartments, hotels and office units are to follow. CollignonArchitektur was tasked with the planning of the shopping center.The Chinese clients demanded a sustainable building concept. The design had to consider in particular the climatic conditions: in addition to the intense heat and drought (only 163 mm of rain per year), there are also hardly any seasonal differences and no prevailing winds in Djibouti.Our design creates a partially shaded forecourt in front of the cinema with gastronomy, the two-storey Mall with a large market and several shops. The elements of its open space design, as well as the cooling pools make this square an important meeting point at the entrance to the newly developed area.An overhanging, raised-on shade roof over the steel structure of the building supplies protection from the sun and ventilation underneath. The roof is equipped with photovoltaic elements that supply the energy required for the air conditioning of the Interior. As a local building material clay is used for the façade.

Programm / Program:Einzelhandel + Kino / Retail + Cinema Fläche / Area: 15.200 qmBauherr/Client: Ibo Concept GmbH, Shanghai2014

The small coastal State of Djibouti is located in a strategic position at the Horn of Africa. The country with 370 km coastline is planning to develop the port of its capital into the largest hub of East Africa. This also includes the development of the Middle river deltas of the Ambouli. A master plan was developed for this area by a Chinese investor, which foresees as a first project the construction of a shopping mall with cinema, supermarket and shops. Later, apartments, hotels and office units are to follow. CollignonArchitektur was tasked with the planning of the shopping center.

The Chinese clients demanded a sustainable building concept. The design had to consider in particular the climatic conditions: in addition to the intense heat and drought (only 163 mm of rain per year), there are also hardly any seasonal differences and no prevailing winds in Djibouti.

Our design creates a partially shaded forecourt in front of the cinema with gastronomy, the two-storey Mall with a large market and several shops. The elements of its open space design, as well as the cooling pools make this square an important meeting point at the entrance to the newly developed area.

An overhanging, raised-on shade roof over the steel structure of the building supplies protection from the sun and ventilation underneath. The roof is equipped with photovoltaic elements that supply the energy required for the air conditioning of the Interior. As a local building material clay is used for the façade.

Programm / Program:
Einzelhandel + Kino / Retail + Cinema 

Fläche / Area:
15.200 qm

Bauherr/Client:
Ibo Concept GmbH, Shanghai

2014

Shopping Mall and Cinema
© CollignonArchitektur
Commercial

Just north of Alexanderplatz, one of the most important metropolitan places of Berlin a prominent building is currently being redeveloped. The area is characterized by monumental 11-storey buildings and a city structure going back to socialist urban planning principles. The project is part of the new masterplan for the Alexanderplatz dating from the year 2000. This continues the monumental massing, places tower blocks at Alexanderplatz and provides for narrowing of the existing road space through new buildings. These measures have their origin in the urban concept of the so-called "Plan for the City Centre".As part of this new urban concept a new building site was created on a public parking lot at the corner of Otto-Braun-Strasse and Mollstrasse. The building designed by us for a commercial and residential development will be attached to an existing apartment building, creating a new semi-public space in between.Due to a change of the owner, the original plan for an office and residential building was replaced in 2013 by a plan for a new „Hampton by Hilton“ hotel building with additional residential use on these grounds.

Programm / Program:
 Büro + Wohnen + Einzelhandel / Office + Residential + RetailFläche / Area:
 14.250 m²Auftraggeber / Client:
 Sonus Trias GmbH & Co. KG2013

Just north of Alexanderplatz, one of the most important metropolitan places of Berlin a prominent building is currently being redeveloped. The area is characterized by monumental 11-storey buildings and a city structure going back to socialist urban planning principles. The project is part of the new masterplan for the Alexanderplatz dating from the year 2000. This continues the monumental massing, places tower blocks at Alexanderplatz and provides for narrowing of the existing road space through new buildings. These measures have their origin in the urban concept of the so-called "Plan for the City Centre".

As part of this new urban concept a new building site was created on a public parking lot at the corner of Otto-Braun-Strasse and Mollstrasse. The building designed by us for a commercial and residential development will be attached to an existing apartment building, creating a new semi-public space in between.

Due to a change of the owner, the original plan for an office and residential building was replaced in 2013 by a plan for a new „Hampton by Hilton“ hotel building with additional residential use on these grounds.

Programm / Program:

Büro + Wohnen + Einzelhandel / Office + Residential + Retail

Fläche / Area:

14.250 m²

Auftraggeber / Client:

Sonus Trias GmbH & Co. KG

2013

Cumulus Office
© CollignonArchitektur
Commercial

By partially demolishing the unattractive extension to this Seventies highrise building, we created a new, representative entrance situation. The building receives a new, self-confident image, "cutting it loose" from the surrounding commercial area through which it was previously accessed. It is now orientated on the city and on the adjoining main traffic road. The building's new "story" and name become experienceable by specific design elements representing them. Both fit with the new marketing communication strategy.

Programm / Program: Büro / OfficeFläche / Area: 8.500 m²Auftraggeber / Client: DEFO - Deutsche Fonds für Immobilienvermögen GmbH, Frankfurt a. M.2007

By partially demolishing the unattractive extension to this Seventies highrise building, we created a new, representative entrance situation. The building receives a new, self-confident image, "cutting it loose" from the surrounding commercial area through which it was previously accessed. It is now orientated on the city and on the adjoining main traffic road. The building's new "story" and name become experienceable by specific design elements representing them. Both fit with the new marketing communication strategy.

Programm / Program:
Büro / Office

Fläche / Area:
8.500 m²

Auftraggeber / Client:
DEFO - Deutsche Fonds für Immobilienvermögen GmbH, Frankfurt a. M.

2007

Office Building Monschauer Strasse
© Lukas Roth
Commercial

The entrance to Berlin’s central district "Innenstadt Mitte / Alexanderplatz" is articulated by this building project incorporating a 65m tower. The building rests on a double storey stone plinth and builds up to the Berlin standard height of a city block. Out of this base, at its southwest corner, grows an elegant tower with an architectural cantilever.The gracefully textured metal facade creates a vivid appearance within a rigid grid structure. It is composed in three layers: - First a homogenous grid of silver frames in full floor height. - In the middle perforated sliding panels for sun shading. - The innermost layer constitutes the physical shell of the building. There are glazed and opaque panels, each applied in accordance with the use of the spaces inside.The orientation of public uses to dircksenstrasse supports the character of the street for strolling along and creates a high sojourn quality.

Programm / Program: Büro + Hotel / Office + HotelFläche / Area: 20.600 m²Auftraggeber / Client: Porr Solutions2009

The entrance to Berlin’s central district "Innenstadt Mitte / Alexanderplatz" is articulated by this building project incorporating a 65m tower. The building rests on a double storey stone plinth and builds up to the Berlin standard height of a city block. Out of this base, at its southwest corner, grows an elegant tower with an architectural cantilever.

The gracefully textured metal facade creates a vivid appearance within a rigid grid structure. It is composed in three layers: - First a homogenous grid of silver frames in full floor height. - In the middle perforated sliding panels for sun shading. - The innermost layer constitutes the physical shell of the building. There are glazed and opaque panels, each applied in accordance with the use of the spaces inside.

The orientation of public uses to dircksenstrasse supports the character of the street for strolling along and creates a high sojourn quality.

Programm / Program:
Büro + Hotel / Office + Hotel

Fläche / Area:
20.600 m²

Auftraggeber / Client:
Porr Solutions

2009

Highrise Alexanderplatz
© CollignonArchitektur
Commercial

For the first large project at Alexanderplatz six teams of architects were involved in a competition for a multi-functional building complex. In particular, solutions were sought for the shopping and entertainment centre - from a functional aspect, a closed box of approx. 250 x 100 meters - with a design compatible to this inner city site.For the project’s basic design concept we folded the external envelope and developed a fractal geometry, recalling the line of the historical moat and city wall. This approach, using a structure assembled from triangular elements, created the architectural form and was at the same time an efficient load-bearing structure for the 150 m office and residential tower. In the rear part of the site, on a new city square, we planned a smaller high-rise building with hotel and flats.

Programm / Program: Büro + Wohnen + Hotel + Einzelhandel / Office + Residential + Hotel + RetailFläche / Area: 158.500 m²Auftraggeber / Client: Sonae Immobilaria, Lisbon2003

For the first large project at Alexanderplatz six teams of architects were involved in a competition for a multi-functional building complex. In particular, solutions were sought for the shopping and entertainment centre - from a functional aspect, a closed box of approx. 250 x 100 meters - with a design compatible to this inner city site.

For the project’s basic design concept we folded the external envelope and developed a fractal geometry, recalling the line of the historical moat and city wall. This approach, using a structure assembled from triangular elements, created the architectural form and was at the same time an efficient load-bearing structure for the 150 m office and residential tower. In the rear part of the site, on a new city square, we planned a smaller high-rise building with hotel and flats.

Programm / Program:
Büro + Wohnen + Hotel + Einzelhandel / Office + Residential + Hotel + Retail

Fläche / Area:
158.500 m²

Auftraggeber / Client:
Sonae Immobilaria, Lisbon

2003

Sonae Immobilaria
© archimation
Commercial

This building has a completely new image, created from the new story, the architecture and the way it is marketed. At the same time basic functional flaws - such as the confusing entrance situation - are removed and instead transformed, through surgical interventions in the existing fabric, into an architectural highlight. A new, highly flexible internal building system is user-friendly and reduces the fitout costs incurred on changes of tenancy.

Programm / Program: Büro / OfficeFläche / Area: 7.430 m²Auftraggeber / Client: DEFO - Deutsche Fonds für Immobilienvermögen GmbH, Frankfurt a. M.2007

This building has a completely new image, created from the new story, the architecture and the way it is marketed. At the same time basic functional flaws - such as the confusing entrance situation - are removed and instead transformed, through surgical interventions in the existing fabric, into an architectural highlight. A new, highly flexible internal building system is user-friendly and reduces the fitout costs incurred on changes of tenancy.

Programm / Program:
Büro / Office

Fläche / Area:
7.430 m²

Auftraggeber / Client:
DEFO - Deutsche Fonds für Immobilienvermögen GmbH, Frankfurt a. M.

2007

Office Building Vogelsanger Weg
© Lukas Roth
Commercial

This design for a 7-floor office building, directly on the waterfront, is on an old site of BEHALA, the Berlin Harbour Company on the Spree, in the Eastern part of the city. The given footprint for the building of approx. 39 by 39 meters presented particular demands for the design of efficient office spaces. Good lighting of the central areas had to be created through a special design idea since a conventional inner courtyard would not have been sufficient.We chose a 4-storey cut in the building cube, going through into the inner courtyard, which makes it possible for all the offices areas to have good lighting. The highly efficient office plan can be organized most effectively and flexibly designed. The result is a building with a powerfully expressive architectural character and a highly efficient use of floor space. On the ground floor, and directly connected to the entrance area, the building has a covered terrace on the waterfront. The urban waterfront area becomes animated and creates a communicative place with high amenity value for the users.

Programm / Program:Büro / Office Fläche / Area: 9.200 m² Auftraggeber / Client: Barth Immobilien Berlin GmbH 2007

This design for a 7-floor office building, directly on the waterfront, is on an old site of BEHALA, the Berlin Harbour Company on the Spree, in the Eastern part of the city. The given footprint for the building of approx. 39 by 39 meters presented particular demands for the design of efficient office spaces. Good lighting of the central areas had to be created through a special design idea since a conventional inner courtyard would not have been sufficient.

We chose a 4-storey cut in the building cube, going through into the inner courtyard, which makes it possible for all the offices areas to have good lighting. The highly efficient office plan can be organized most effectively and flexibly designed. The result is a building with a powerfully expressive architectural character and a highly efficient use of floor space. On the ground floor, and directly connected to the entrance area, the building has a covered terrace on the waterfront. The urban waterfront area becomes animated and creates a communicative place with high amenity value for the users.

Programm / Program:
Büro / Office

Fläche / Area:
9.200 m²

Auftraggeber / Client:
Barth Immobilien Berlin GmbH

2007

Office Building Mediaspree
© CollignonArchitektur
Commercial

A new large landscape park, called "Longtou Temple Park", has been created in the heart of the Chinese City of Chongqing. CollignonArchitektur in cooperation with IBO have designed two landmark buildings serving as showcase projects of sustainable building design. Considering the local climate with temperatures well about 30 °Celsius we have created a climate friendly, energy saving, innovative concept for these buildings.The entrance building marks the gateway to the Park. A flexible, L-shaped office building encloses an open L-shaped atrium and the square conference block, a cube made of corten steel plates. Architecturally the building is a composition of this rough steel cube, a golden wing on the roof of the building and the visual abstraction of the timber lamella façade of the offices.The south facing office façade is equipped with multilayered sun protection measures, designed to limit the energy transmission to between 30 and 8 percent. The outer layer consists of sliding panels with mechanically adjustable wooden slats, adjustable to the position of the sun and the desired daylight inside. An adjacent water pond following the full length of the office façade is equipped with spray fountains creating natural cooling by evaporation.The office, conference and atrium areas are ventilated naturally. The large wing above the atrium has been aligned to the prevailing wind direction. Following the principal of an airplane-wing, the passing wind creates an area of low pressure, which extracts the air, supported by the natural thermodynamic airflow through the atrium. Fresh air streams into the building through earth channels, which are chilled by the natural low temperature of the surrounding soil. In peak climate conditions the ventilation and air-conditioning can be supported mechanically. As a source for cooling and heating energy the system has solar panels on the roof of the building.

Programm / Program:Büro + Einzelhandel / Office + Retail Fläche / Area: 3.200 m² Auftraggeber / Client: IBO Concept GmbH 2011

A new large landscape park, called "Longtou Temple Park", has been created in the heart of the Chinese City of Chongqing. CollignonArchitektur in cooperation with IBO have designed two landmark buildings serving as showcase projects of sustainable building design. Considering the local climate with temperatures well about 30 °Celsius we have created a climate friendly, energy saving, innovative concept for these buildings.

The entrance building marks the gateway to the Park. A flexible, L-shaped office building encloses an open L-shaped atrium and the square conference block, a cube made of corten steel plates. Architecturally the building is a composition of this rough steel cube, a golden wing on the roof of the building and the visual abstraction of the timber lamella façade of the offices.

The south facing office façade is equipped with multilayered sun protection measures, designed to limit the energy transmission to between 30 and 8 percent. The outer layer consists of sliding panels with mechanically adjustable wooden slats, adjustable to the position of the sun and the desired daylight inside. An adjacent water pond following the full length of the office façade is equipped with spray fountains creating natural cooling by evaporation.

The office, conference and atrium areas are ventilated naturally. The large wing above the atrium has been aligned to the prevailing wind direction. Following the principal of an airplane-wing, the passing wind creates an area of low pressure, which extracts the air, supported by the natural thermodynamic airflow through the atrium. Fresh air streams into the building through earth channels, which are chilled by the natural low temperature of the surrounding soil. In peak climate conditions the ventilation and air-conditioning can be supported mechanically. As a source for cooling and heating energy the system has solar panels on the roof of the building.

Programm / Program:
Büro + Einzelhandel / Office + Retail

Fläche / Area:
3.200 m²

Auftraggeber / Client:
IBO Concept GmbH

2011

Longtou Temple Entrance Hall
© CollignonArchitektur
Commercial

This office block, built in 1972, offers a large built volume in one of the most sought-after residential and office districts of Frankfurt. We have only retained it's structure. Thanks to a decentralised air conditioning system, a bespoke development for this project, we have improved the room heights of the newly created interiors. They have become modern, flexible office areas. A modern rendered facade with rhythmic aluminium window bands connects the building to its surroundings. The building's corporate identity is strengthened by the construction of a glazed ground-floor area.The original building was fitted with a central low-speed ventilation system, which had the effect of requiring very low ceiling heights to make room for the ducts. This system was completely removed and an innovative concept employed, which works with decentralised ventilation devices with hot/cold function and without a horizontal distribution system. A new type of device was developed for this in partnership with the TGA engineers and the manufacturer. The search for a visual design solution for the many ventilation grilles needed by the cladding of the building's air conditioning system led to the development of an artistic project. Anodised aluminium panels with vertical rows of slits were created as a design element in the building. These rows of slits take their starting point from data series we found relevant for the history of the building. These were transformed into binary code and visualized in vertical rows. Each of the resulting panels in the building shows a different pattern. Modern production techniques (computer guided lasers and punches) were used for this, in which particular emphasis was placed on the transfer of the data in the programming. The result gives the building a thoroughly original design character. It makes clear to the viewer that something of significance is being communicated. At 2009 Innovation Award for Architecture and Technology, which is offered by the specialised journals AIT and xia Intelligente Architektur, we received the 1st Price for the design-concept and development of this buildings ventilations system in the category building and energy technology.

Programm / Program: Büro / OfficeFläche / Area: 8.200 m²Auftraggeber / Client: CB Richard Ellis Investors, Frankfurt am Main / Paris2009

This office block, built in 1972, offers a large built volume in one of the most sought-after residential and office districts of Frankfurt. We have only retained it's structure. Thanks to a decentralised air conditioning system, a bespoke development for this project, we have improved the room heights of the newly created interiors. They have become modern, flexible office areas. A modern rendered facade with rhythmic aluminium window bands connects the building to its surroundings. The building's corporate identity is strengthened by the construction of a glazed ground-floor area.

The original building was fitted with a central low-speed ventilation system, which had the effect of requiring very low ceiling heights to make room for the ducts. This system was completely removed and an innovative concept employed, which works with decentralised ventilation devices with hot/cold function and without a horizontal distribution system. A new type of device was developed for this in partnership with the TGA engineers and the manufacturer. The search for a visual design solution for the many ventilation grilles needed by the cladding of the building's air conditioning system led to the development of an artistic project. Anodised aluminium panels with vertical rows of slits were created as a design element in the building. These rows of slits take their starting point from data series we found relevant for the history of the building. These were transformed into binary code and visualized in vertical rows. Each of the resulting panels in the building shows a different pattern. Modern production techniques (computer guided lasers and punches) were used for this, in which particular emphasis was placed on the transfer of the data in the programming. The result gives the building a thoroughly original design character. It makes clear to the viewer that something of significance is being communicated. At 2009 Innovation Award for Architecture and Technology, which is offered by the specialised journals AIT and xia Intelligente Architektur, we received the 1st Price for the design-concept and development of this buildings ventilations system in the category building and energy technology.

Programm / Program:
Büro / Office

Fläche / Area:
8.200 m²

Auftraggeber / Client:
CB Richard Ellis Investors, Frankfurt am Main / Paris

2009

Office Building Feldbergstrasse
© Nina Steul
Commercial

In architectural terms the building at Lennéstrasse 5 emancipates itself from its stone "cousins" in the immediate western vicinity, partly through its cladding made of silver-metallic painted aluminium panels. It is a "light", elegant and modern building whose architecture plays timelessly with classical elements. Northwards towards the park the building is extensively glazed, with "open" corners and shallow balconies, which also function for cleaning purposes, in front of the glass facade.The design briefing included strictly functional demands such as the omission of a facade cleaning cradle, partition connections in a 1.35 meter grid etc. and a high standard of technical fitout. Design principles borrowed from car manufacturing helped to find an elegant facade solution as overall concept, solving in new ways the design problem of industrial grid-pattern facades with wide mullions. The dark mullions of the room-high glazed facade recede into the backdrop, while slender silver profiles ending in fine curves play with light and shade and lend the facade an effect of depth.

Programm / Program: Büro / OfficeFläche / Area: 9.730 m²Auftraggeber / Client: Grundstücksverwaltungsgesellschaft Lennéstrasse A4 mbH, Berlin2003

In architectural terms the building at Lennéstrasse 5 emancipates itself from its stone "cousins" in the immediate western vicinity, partly through its cladding made of silver-metallic painted aluminium panels. It is a "light", elegant and modern building whose architecture plays timelessly with classical elements. Northwards towards the park the building is extensively glazed, with "open" corners and shallow balconies, which also function for cleaning purposes, in front of the glass facade.

The design briefing included strictly functional demands such as the omission of a facade cleaning cradle, partition connections in a 1.35 meter grid etc. and a high standard of technical fitout. Design principles borrowed from car manufacturing helped to find an elegant facade solution as overall concept, solving in new ways the design problem of industrial grid-pattern facades with wide mullions. The dark mullions of the room-high glazed facade recede into the backdrop, while slender silver profiles ending in fine curves play with light and shade and lend the facade an effect of depth.

Programm / Program:
Büro / Office

Fläche / Area:
9.730 m²

Auftraggeber / Client:
Grundstücksverwaltungsgesellschaft Lennéstrasse A4 mbH, Berlin

2003

Highrise Lennéstrasse 5
© Reinhard Görner

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