The Carlswerk, a 130-year-old industrial complex of a former wire factory, was transformed by us into a commercial campus. For this purpose, we developed a master plan that converted the three-aisled industrial hall into modern office lofts. The historical shell of the building ensemble served as the basis for this transformation. In addition to modern office spaces, a vibrant atrium was also created, which is accessible to the public.
The plan for the conversion was developed based on the existing building and the various usage scenarios it offered. We extended the floor plan and added a second level to the outer hall aisles. The resulting office spaces can be flexibly divided into different sizes and are thermally separated from the open central aisle. We provided access to the newly created central hall through a sculptural concrete staircase. Opening the roof above the hall also created a kind of inner courtyard from which the individual units are accessed. The concrete sculptural space also houses shared meeting rooms, and a large outdoor staircase invites informal gatherings.
The conversion ideas initially outlined in the development of the master plan were further explored in feasibility studies for other existing buildings. Similar to the Wire Storage building, conversion and design concepts were developed for the former Winding and Copper Works on the same site.