Scandinavian design meets sustainable construction: "i8" becomes innovative timber hybrid building for Munich's "iCampus im Werksviertel".
With its new "i8" office project, designed by C.F. Møller Architects, in the "iCampus im Werksviertel", the Munich developer R&S Immobilienmanagement GmbH is providing a sustainable answer to the questions of tomorrow's working worlds.
An approximately 20,000-square-metre wood hybrid building has been planned on August-Everding-Straße as the south-eastern gateway to the "iCampus im Werksviertel". The building is designed to reflect both the heritage of the former industrial estate and the youthful character of the up-and-coming new Werksviertel district through an industrially colored and contemporarily interpreted architectural language. The timber construction will also contribute to an enhanced energy balance and provide a pleasant working atmosphere with a more natural indoor climate. The design comes from C.F. Møller Architects, one of the most renowned and largest Danish architectural offices. Founded in 1924, the firm specializes in, among other things, buildings with wooden framework.
As an optimal complement to the wooden elements and contributing a particularly natural effect, the façade of the "i8" will be made of recycled aluminum in a muted shade of green. In addition, open foyers and floating staircases, as well as a park with historical trees invite future employees to work productively and feel at ease, while letting plenty of light into the interior. The spatial and structural sub-division of the interior spaces is based on the idea of combining three identical office zones that allow for flexible spaces. These are brought together by way of three different façade types. The façade system achieves both energy savings through sun protection as well as natural ventilation. Thanks to the high share of wood in the interior, the wood-hybrid construction ensures a pleasant indoor climate. In order to underline its efforts to create a sustainable, energy-saving building, R&S Immobilienmanagement GmbH is also aiming for the highest level of certification awarded for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and the DGNB (German Sustainable Building Council).
"The "i8" is a versatile "green building" that makes a positive contribution to the overall eco-balance. Most importantly, however, it can be adapted to the changing user requirements. The architecture promotes collaboration and networking, as is reflected in the name. The "i" stands for innovation," says Stephan Georg Kahl, Managing Director of R&S Immobilienmanagement GmbH. Situated on periphery of the Werksviertel district, and as a central element of the "iCampus im Werksviertel" with its ten buildings, the "i8" immediately attracts attention as a striking structure with its own identity.
Inside, too, the architectural language is firmly rooted in innovation as its foundation. The offices have a clear headroom height of three meters and optimized depths to ensure maximum daylight. An atrium made of warm wooden materials facilitates networking, knowledge exchange and visual contact between the different floors and units. The floor plan places a strong emphasis on flexibility: The rooms can be converted into individual offices, open-plan offices or a combination of both concepts.
"The project shows how architecture is being elevated to new heights at the "iCampus im Werksviertel", but also in the entire Munich office market. With this project, we are factoring in the exponentially rising significance of sustainability and climate change through an innovative wood-hybrid construction that massively curbs the building's CO2 emissions," explains Moritz Eulberg, project manager at R&S Immobilienmanagement GmbH. This wood-hybrid construction has a positive effect on the eco-balance of the building and ensures a healthy indoor climate.
"We are proud to be the first to construct a wood-hybrid building and an interior with a large share of wood on this historic industrial site, thereby melding German and Scandinavian traditions. With the "i8" we are combining the principles of healthy living with the concept of agile and creative work," as Mads Mandrup Hansen, partner and architect at C.F. Møller Architects, explains. According to C.F. Møller Architects, wooden buildings play an important role in minimizing the environmental impact of the building sector. In new buildings, the energy and carbon emissions generated in the production of building materials (often referred to as "embodied carbon") often exceed the equivalent of heating the building for 50 years. "By replacing concrete and steel in load-bearing structures with wood, it will be possible to reduce the carbon content of buildings by 30 to 50 per cent," says Mads Mandrup Hansen. Every cubic meter of wood used in the building stores 750 kilograms of carbon from the atmosphere.
About the "iCampus im Werksviertel”
The "iCampus im Werksviertel" is part of Munich's Werksviertel district. Situated directly opposite Munich’s Ostbahnhof railway station, excellent public transport connections are right at the doorstep. The district comprises ten buildings with a total of around 110,000 square meters of floor space, meeting the highest standards in terms of design, functionality and efficiency.
For more information, please see the following link: www.icampus-muenchen.de
About R&S Immobilienmanagement GmbH
R&S Immobilienmanagement GmbH is an independent subsidiary of Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG. The company is an integral real estate service provider with a focus on sustainable real estate developments. R&S Immobilienmanagement GmbH currently ranks as one of the largest project developers in Munich.
For more information, please see the following link: www.rusim.de
About C.F. Møller Architects
C.F. Møller Architects is one of Scandinavia’s leading architectural firms, with 90 years of award-winning work in the Nordic region and worldwide.
Every day we create architectural quality based on innovation, experience and Nordic values. This assures sustainable and aesthetic solutions with lasting value for clients, occupants and society.