gross cubic volume 52,380 m3, usable floor space 8,723 m2, construction volume (cost class 300+400 net) 4.6 Mio Euro
Dresdner Druck- und Verlagshaus GmbH & Co. KG
Bollinger+Grohmann GmbH, Frankfurt
energy concept, building services engineering HLS
Solares Bauen GmbH, Freiburg i. Br.
building services engineering ELT
Teamplan Ingenieure GmbH, Dresden
Simone Rosenberg, Hamburg/ Düsseldorf
After the catastrophic floods in the summer of 2002, Dresdner Druck- u. Verlagshaus (printing and publishing house), after having to conduct extensive repair work, decided to completely renovate their office building in the center of Dresden.
The building has 14,500m2 gross floor space and was predominantly built in the 60’s. It no longer met the quality of work space, energy demands or architectonic expression of a modern publishing house.
The exterior of the high-rise building made up of a curtain-wall from screen-printed glass. A strong and simple texture created through the positioning of clear identifiable text fragments shape the building envelope.
Text characters printed on the glass façade are mirrored, overlapped and distorted.
The text fragments were derived and inspired by „Vogelflüge (Bird Flights) – essays on nature and culture from Vilém Flusser. The central theme of the Czechoslovakian media philosopher and communication expert was the diminishing culture of writing.
Due to the particular type of screen-printing technique and the reflection in the glass facade, the printed text fragments and light reflections alternate in the facades visual focus depending on the current daylight. The colors mirror the surrounding copper roofs that integrate the building with the Dresdner cityscape whilst creating a new accent through the brilliance of the new building surface. Additional visual tension is created through the precise screen-print and the shimmering appearance from afar.
The existing parapet was replaced in order to hold the additional load from the double-facade and, through the new low parapets, to have an optimal view of Dresden. The heating and cooling devices as well as the IT supply cables are integrated into the colorful parapet cladding.
The buildings overall energy cost was reduced to less than 15% compared to the previous standard. The interior temperatures during the summer no longer reach over 26 °C. The infrastructure is at an up-to-date standard and the architectural atmosphere has been fundamentally altered. The publishing house is now a modern office building that saved high costs through renovation instead of having to construct a new building.
We were given a very tight deadline of nine months from the start of the planning phase all the way to the overall completion of the building. The newspaper production was to be in no way disrupted throughout the renovation. Through precise logistics and strict organization of the construction procedure, one floor of the high-rise building was renovated every week without interrupting the company’s production operations.