‘Froschkoenig’ // Bründlhaus // Graz // Austria // SPLITTERWERK
The existing ‘Froschkoenig’ (also called ‘Bründl’) buildings were modernized without any expansion of the existing historic building. It got a new, very open, timely and significant identity by redesigning the facade. Existing windows and the inner and outer structure were conserved. A ventilated facade of fiber cement sheets in different colors creates a friendly, new and contemporary identity of the ‘Froschkoenig’ buildings. By entering the building, the entrance leads directly to the reception where seminar documents can be given directly to the seminar participants. The new identity of the ‘Froschkoenig’ continues inside the building within the colors of the rooms: Light, unobtrusive colors (off-white, ivory, cream, light blue etc.) offer a subtle, positive atmosphere in the offices, the seminar and group rooms, while intensely bright colors enhance the stairwell. This design approach is also applied on the upper floor where the different colors give the individual rooms an identity, and promotes the orientation.
Start of planning: 3 / 2006
Start of construction: 6 / 2007
Completion: 4 / 2008
About The Architects:
The Graz-based creative collective started life at the end of the 1980s, not as an architecture office, but as a communication agency. From the outset SPLITTERWERK has understood its communication designs as urban design projects, and itself not as a fixed and defined group, but as a fluid research and implementation team evolving within the one label.
Since 1988 all kinds of professionals have collaborated under the SPLITTERWERK name: as well as architects, there have been mechanical engineers, structural engineers, process engineers, photographers, stage designers, urban planners, designers, film makers, philosophers, historians and graphic artists.
The SPLITTERWERK label today stands like no other product of the so-called ‘creative industries’ for the development of concepts that colonize the space between engineering and the fine arts, and which are quintessentially concerned with the increasing interpenetration of built space and media space.
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