At the entrance to the small city of Brixen lies the headquarters of the Durst Group AG. Surrounded by green, wooded slopes, the spectacular new construction forms a gateway to the town and constitutes a reflection of the company.
The constant company expansion required an extension of the existing building by South Tyrolean architectural pioneer Othmar Barth. The goal was to maintain the integrity of the original building and form, a new building that would harmonize with the existing structure. The design was inspired by Barth’s original drawings, which envisioned a tower to the South. Through an organic architecture, this idea was translated into a contemporary language and thus completes the existing building. As an anchor point the sculptural tower strives towards the sky making the company headquarters into a landmark visible from afar.
As a white, protective wing, the façade covers the building and smoothly transitions from verticality to horizontality. At the front, 850 pixel-shaped windows symbolise the company’s status as a leading manufacturer of high-performance printing systems. Individual LED lighting on the pixels sets the scene for the building at night and turns it into a holistic work of art.
At the ground floor the entrance area which connects directly to the existing building. The offices are located on the upper floors. Here, the new building maintains a deliberate respectful distance to Barth’s building creating a place of relaxation for the staff with a roof garden. Large glass fronts allow natural light to flood through the building and provide views of the surrounding Dolomites. The sculptural and organic design language of the exterior architecture is continued in the interior architecture and furniture design, making the project a harmonious ensemble.
With this project, monovolume architecture + design has set new standards in corporate architecture and at the same time created a new identity-forming home for the Durst Group and its staff.
Talking About monovolume architecture + design
monovolume architecture + design is a South Tyrolean architecture and design firm.
The two founders Patrik Pedó and Jury Pobitzer met during their studies at the university of Innsbruck and in 2003 founded monovolume architecture + design, which today realizes both refurbishments as well as new constructions. Its portfolio includes conceptual studies, architectural and design projects, constructions ́ planning and supervision, project management, visualization 3D and virtual reality as well as urban planning and masterplans. In addition to architectural projects, exhibition and product design are the core fields of the office’s activity.
At the heart of monovolume architecture + design is a young, interdisciplinary and international team of 15 creatives: architects, industrial designers, 3D artists and graphic designers.
In October 2019 monovolume architecture + design moved to its new office at Cavour Street in Bozen, Italy.
Client: Durst Group AG
Address: Via Julius Durst, 4, 39042 Brixen BZ
End building site: 2019
Total surface area: 27.334 m2
Total volume: 158.461 m3
Volume new construction: 158.461 m3
Categories: Workspace / Headquarters
Award: 2021 BIGSEE Architecture Award 2021, winner, architecture category, 2020, The Plan Award #Shortlisted
Staff: Federico Beckmann, Alessandro Sassi,Diego Preghenella, Giorgia Vernareccio, Barbara Waldboth, Silvio Grasso
Concept credits/Plan credits/Rendering credits/3Dmodel credits: monovolume architecture+design
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Nachbar Rolf: https://www.nachbar.de/ IG: @oldiegraphie FB: @Rolf Nachbar
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