A Laska, Berlin, Germany
HOW DOES THIS PROJECT REPRESENT A CHANGE IN THE BUILDING INDUSTRY?
The project A Laska is defined by the combination of an efficient modular timber construction with the concept of a highly eccentric and exciting façade consisting of repetitive modular bay extensions. It is our firm belief that advanced construction technology can lead to buildings with a strong architectural expression. With A Laska we show how prefabrication can become the key to customized buildings in the future. The adaptation of the similar concept to two different places at the same time is the proof of the idea of adaptable modular thinking. At the same time, the two individual buildings form an urban context and a characteristic façade logic based on the extensive heritage of bay extensions in Berlin’s historical building tradition.
WHAT MAKES THIS PROJEKT "GERMAN"?
With A Laska we are reviving the tradition of hybrid wooden construction, which plays a major role in the history of building technology in Germany. Step by step we will attempt to take the knowledge of prefabrication and modular production from car manufacturing and apply it to buildings.
IS THERE A SPECIAL STORY?
With A Laska we develop the idea of “inhabitable façades” further based on observations from other new work environments we had built in previous years. A series of bay windows not only allows future office employees to use spatial pockets along the façade for informal meetings or as break out zones, it also rejuvenates the great tradition of bay windows used to form and structure the façade seen from the outside.
In direct vicinity of Berlin's Ostkreuz, an office twin consisting of two buildings is being built north of the Spree and west of the Rummelsburger Bucht. In this exciting environment of an established Berlin club culture, GRAFT is planning innovative building figures on behalf of Trockland, which will enable new forms of working. The facades of the buildings are characterized by serially arranged bay windows. At the building corners, these are interlocked with each other, similar to traditional wooden joints.
Both structures are being built as timber hybrid constructions over a basement or base level in reinforced concrete. Visible wood surfaces also characterize the interiors, which extend into the urban space via the numerous bay windows. In many places, this creates the opportunity to step out of the open office space and even out of the façade to make phone calls or video conferences, to hold short meetings or to relax. The bay windows are an enriching component in the space offered in the otherwise very flexibly subdividable office areas.
The infrastructure of the buildings is rounded off by catering facilities, spacious foyers and sunken courtyards, through which the basement floors are lit. Roof terraces on both buildings complement the working worlds with flexible usage scenarios. At this location, which is valued for its proximity to a wide range of leisure and cultural activities, the vision of a green, lively neighborhood is being created in which people enjoy working and living.
New Work / Office / New Building / Wood hybrid construction
Trockland Management GmbH
GRAFT Gesellschaft von Architekten mbH
Structural and Façade planning:
LEED Platinum certification is being pursued