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Communication Building Blue Office
Winner - Bronze
Designer: Thomas Schmidt - Dipl.-Ing. Architekt
Design Type: Architecture
Company / Organization / School: SSP SchürmannSpannel AG
Team Members: Dipl.-Ing. Architekt Christoph Nowakowski, B.A. Architektin Yvonne Impekoven, Dipl.-Ing. Architekt Gregor Polaczek
The Blue Office is an innovative office building on the eastern edge of the Technologie-Quartier in Bochum-Querenburg, Germany. Based on an integrated design the architects realized a highly efficient, attractive building with 2.070 square meters of effective space on a 2.330 square meter plot. Open work areas for interdisciplinary planning teams promote informal exchange in the processing of complex construction projects. Ten meeting rooms facilitate focused meetings or creative workshops with clients and planning partners. Single offices, group offices, communication lounges and retreating areas complement the mix of the working environment, and offer employees the opportunity to choose between concentration and communication according to their current tasks. The unique location with a beautiful view over the Ölbachtal provides an excellent combination of indoor and outdoor spaces through room high glazing and a spacious terrace. Both the four storey north component, and the two storey southern component of the building, reveal a beautiful view of the surrounding green landscape. A transparent element, containing the main entrance, open meeting areas and a cafeteria connects the two components. Maximum energy efficiency according to the Passivhaus-Standard is generated by the building through an optimal ratio of building surface to volume and a highly insulated facade.