WAZ

WAZ

Competition – WAZ Media Office,
Berliner Platz / Segerrothstr., Essen
2012

A media office, an open house offering views in and out and blending confidently with its surroundings. A huge opening forms a window to the city, to the park and to the Media House 2 and gives the building a strong unmistakable identity. The round Media House 2 – recalling, in form a stack of dislodged CD's – tilts slightly towards the main building. Perceptions of transmitter/receiver, positive/negative create a relationship between the buildings. The hard edge to Segerothstrasse is defined spatially by 4- 5-storey buildings.

The new buildings relate to the prevailing heights of the existing housing to the northeast. The structures react individually to their respective urban fabric. The large window to the park visually connects all three buildings and opens up the large courtyard to the outside. The media house is not perceived as a closed unit, but rather as a campus open to the outside world.

The aim of the design is to create an array of relationships between the four parts of the building – angle, cube, courtyard and rotunda – varied, individual and independent, yet belong together.

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