M8 – work & create
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Flexibility of use, timeless aesthetics and the latest
technical insights are the basis for a long life cycle of buildings.
Functionally designed for a single user or several different users, the main
focus of M8 was on the balance between economic and ecological sustainability.
The volume of the building, with side lengths of 76 m and 46 m, makes optimal
use of the site. The historicising façade deliberately borrows from nineteenth-century
commercial architecture, creating a striking counterpoint to the uniform
postmodern architecture in the immediate area. Behind the round arches, a
two-storey foyer with a café bar opens up, taking up almost the entire width of
the building, and an imposing staircase leads to a raised garden located on the
second floor. Exposed concrete and black steel are the dominant materials, setting
a counterpoint to the façade. Various lounge areas and a barista bar act as a
centre for visitors and tenants. The office floors are characterised by maximum
flexibility and generous natural lighting. The entire roof can be used as a
roof garden. As a special bonus, there is a spectacular 10m high and 31m long
slide leading from the fourth floor into the courtyard. LEED Gold certification
was granted due to the high technical and environmental standards.