On behalf of the FC group, an engineering services company in Karlsruhe, 3deluxe implements another project in the Corporate Architecture division. This is where a widely visible company building with a dynamic, glazed façade and innovative building technology is constructed. The modern office complex consists of two cubic buildings set diagonally opposite each other. Viewed from a distance, they merge into a sculptural overall picture. The generous, open floor plans allow for a flexible division into workspaces, thus making up-to-date working concepts, such as co-working areas, possible.
Building ensemble with a long-distance effect
The creative focus is on the façades of the building. White surfaces, interspersed with large bluish glass openings in the organic forms characteristic for 3deluxe, create a clear and fresh appearance. The variously shaped glass surfaces convey transparency and lightness. Viewed from a distance, they visually merge into one and the two-section building complex forms an aesthetic unity with its own design vocabulary. Thus, the design also takes into account the exposed location of the company building, situated not far from the A5 highway and seen from afar by arriving employees and guests. The staff benefits from the bright, friendly interior with a wide view. Almost every office on the six floors of the building has an unobstructed view to the outside.
Pioneering building technology
A technical feature of the glazed façade elements is the use of innovative switchable glass of the Merck KGaA, headquartered in Darmstadt. So far the LCD technology (Liquid Crystal Display) was used primarily for flat panel displays such as TV or smartphone displays. The FC campus will be worldwide the first office building with exhaustive facade glazing applying the innovative material. The translucency of the windows is controlled electrically providing an unimpaired view to the outside. An external sun protection is redundant. The technology provides for intelligent heat insulation and a well-balanced indoor climate all year round by offering maximum scope of design for the architects. With this trendsetting technology the new headquarter also symbolizes the expertise and innovative strength of the FC group whose main business focus is building technology.
At the end of July, 2018 the groundbreaking took place. The completion is planned for the first quarter of 2020.