Work Spaces IL TRONCO OFFICE BUILDING
2009-2012
PFORZHEIM, GERMANY

Pforzheim, in Baden-Württemberg, is a town with a population of 120,000 situated on the northern edge of the Black Forest. The management block rises in the Schulbergstrasse area, on a triangular site near the station, in an open position next to a major road intersection.

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Pforzheim, in Baden-Württemberg, is a town with a population of 120,000 situated on the northern edge of the Black Forest. The management block rises in the Schulbergstrasse area, on a triangular site near the station, in an open position next to a major road intersection. The 360° visibility from and towards the building prompted a plastic modelling of it in the round, inspired by the naturalistic fascination of a sectioned tree trunk. That image is evoked by the organic deformation impressed on the conventional perpendicularity of a typical square-grid reinforced concrete structural frame. A red stone base houses basement parking and resolves the ground attachment by adhering perfectly to the perimeter of the urban landed registry site. Above it, the construction rises to seven storeys on a tricky plan which changes slightly at each level, allowing a flexible and optimal organisation of the office space around an inner core of distribution and vertical services. On the outside, the slim cement cage is clad in brick to outline the uniform grid of broad mirrored glazings.

PROJECT
Michele De Lucchi

PROJECT TEAM
Marcello Biffi (project leader), Francesco Carenzi
Davide Angeli (graphic design)
Francesco Faccin, Giuseppe Filippini (mock-up)

CONSULTANTS
Zorko Gmbh (building contractor); Bugenings Eisenbeis Ingenieure, Gesellschaft Beratender Ingenieure mbH (structural framework); P&H Hönes GmbH (technical installations); iGuzzini (lighting design); as Planungsgesellschaft (local architect)

SUPPLIERS
Unifor, iGuzzini, Marzorati Ronchetti (furniture)

CLIENT
Honoris Holding Gmbh & Co. Kg

CHRONOLOGY
2009-2012 design; 2012 completion

AREA
7.500 m2

PHOTOGRAPHY
Christian Richters