Dreischeibenhaus by HPP Architects

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The administrative building, initially created by Helmut Hentrich and Hubert Petschnigg for Phönix-Rheinrohr AG (re-named Thyssen in 1964) is among the outstanding icons of German post-war modernism. Used by ThyssenKrupp as company headquarters until they moved out in 2010, the building then endured vacant. Last year the MOMENI Group and Black Horse Investments purchased the listed building and commissioned HPP Architects, successors into original architects, to undertake the refurbishment.

Besides the works to the façade, a significant success ended up being the revival for the building administration systems and solutions and the fire safety system. The former had been decentralised resulting in an extra 1,200 m² of functional space. Due to the installation of a number of fire curtains together with provision of a extra crisis exit, the detailed foyer had been retained with its initial condition.

Awarded final evening during the MIPIM Property Fair in Cannes, the MIPIM Awards tend to be one of the most considerable property prizes on the planet. The jury of eleven including architects Kengo Kuma and Dominique Perrault while the MIPIM visitors voted for Dreischeibenhaus, putting it prior to the three further finalists including the Riyadh National Library.


The curtain wall façade was made energy-efficient with the addition of a fresh interior major façade toward workplaces for each storey. The exterior load-bearing façade including the spandrels had been kept inside their initial state, the sole change was to put in impact-glazing. The windows regarding the major façade is opened manually to allow draught-free ventilation regarding the offices. The sunshades fitted amongst the two skins of the façade in addition provide thermal protection plus seem to be on the exterior, such that, from the distance, the building appears unchanged; the familiar picture featuring its opened and shut sunshades stays.

The refurbishment of Düsseldorf™s popular landmark has claimed the MIPIM Award 2015 inside ideal Refurbished Building Category.

The office floors were modernised in order to develop a versatile permitting idea; as much as two devices per storey can now be performed. The design and fit-out associated with the interiors was decided by the tenants, several whom opted which will make mention of the building itself, picking dark green marble flooring or stainless steel cladding to the service core.

Joachim H. Faust, Managing Partner of HPP, commented, œWe tend to be specifically happy to receive this MIPIM Award! The Dreischeibenhaus, realised in 1960, marked the start of HPP™s intercontinental reputation and since that time has stood for our comprehension of lasting architecture. The refurbishment will protect the excellent top-notch this building for decades ahead “ both for brand-new generation of users and for the City of Düsseldorf.”

Further refurbishment works had been necessary to the lower floor floors and the underground car park, which today connects directly to the municipal tunnel system. Two new terraces have also been added to the roofs of this additional cuts associated with the building.

As a result of durability regarding the initial product, the stainless steel cladding regarding the edges associated with building was cleansed and retained.



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