To create the required space for the new use, the existing building is supplemented by four additional volumes. Special attention was given to mindful dimensioning. On the one hand, the dimensions of the individual structures respect the human scale, and on the other hand, they replace only as much of the old structure as is necessary. At the same time, the new implants still act as a clear signal of the renewal of the area. The positioning of the structures creates intuitive access from the train station underpass into the quarter, while the new entrance, prominently framed by two new buildings, unmistakably guides the way inside.
Not every part of the existing building contributes equally to the atmosphere, not every part is equally beneficial in the new building. The project is therefore not about dogmatic preservation of substance, but about the precise selection of existing qualities. The existing roof in its current form is not suitable for subsequent use and must therefore be replaced.
The old load-bearing structure, however, continues to dictate the structure of the new roof and the new façade. The four building volumes seem to grow out of the roof and therefore enter into a dialogue with the existing structure. A new, perimeter roof garden is created on the rooftop, which can be accessed from the office buildings. Along the building structures, the roof garden moves away from the buildings to allow natural light into the interior of the remise through the support structure.
A new gallery floor is also integrated into the old remise. The existing building as a connecting element which enables an additional internal, circulating access between the buildings. Together with the independent access cores of the implants, this results in enormous flexibility in everyday use. In the end, both parts – the new building and the existing structure – benefit from each other and together offer more qualities than one part alone ever could. The configuration of new, punctual structures and the more extensive “Remise” also ideally meets the requirements of different work settings. While the ground floor offers generous space for workshops, laboratories and events, focused office work can take place in the vertical implants.