The location in a former industrial area was selected to demonstrate the possibilities (and challenges) presented by a brownfield site. Contaminated land has been treated, and both a small existing railway station and a former gas appliance factory were integrated into the complex.
The overall form of the new building was designed such that a large portion of the site remains accessible to the citizens of Dessau as a public park. The new building is entered via the “Forum”, a crescent shaped space that draws the park into the building and acts as a link between the public areas, including a library and lecture hall.
The offices are accessible through a covered atrium, around which the various departments of the Agency are arranged.
The new building combines a compact volume and a high degree of thermal insulation with strategies of intelligent engineering and the use of renewable energy sources. In particular, it benefits from the use of a large geothermal heat exchange system and solar panels. Building material were chosen according to their ecological suitability, the most visible element being a panel façade made entirely of timber.
Photo credits: Roberto Saba