Design with a focus on Advanced Engineering | Tanja Reif | 4th semester | summer semester 2021

The building of the District Office, which is in need of renovation and is centrally located in Karlsruhe's city center, is considered an impressive example of the "International Style" and, with its 72-meter height, represents a dominant feature of urban development. To underline the prominence of the building, the slender slice receives a new facade in this design and impresses with its expressive color scheme. The usable floor space is expanded with an addition in a wood-concrete composite construction.

The new building envelope picks up on design elements from the 1950s and 1960s, thus referencing the building's period of origin. These are reinterpreted through sustainable and efficient planning that allows for contemporary construction. For example, the opening wings are positioned in the foot area and the supply and exhaust air is provided by the air layer between the element facade and the parapet element in front. This creates a uniform façade appearance despite the mixed use across 25 floors.

The work was supervised by Prof. Jens Oberst.