New construction of an administration and residential building while considering historical substance after having won an architectural competition — Petersstraße/Neue Linner Straße, Krefeld, Germany — 11.2018 — Wohnstätte Krefeld AG
Symbiosis of modernity and history
The Wohnstätte Krefeld, the city’s biggest provider of housing, is getting a new headquarters downtown. The elegant design integrates the landmarked façade segment from the historic Krefeld College of the Arts – on the corner of Petersstraße/Neue Linner Straße – into the new structure, resulting in a successful and respectful interplay of old and new. The clear rhythm of the contemporary perforated façade brings a high degree of flexibility to the inner structures.
As far as urban planning goes, the new headquarters fit in discreetly with the cityscape and represents a quiet counterpoint to the expressive buildings across the street. The L-shaped structure embraces a courtyard that is designed as an attractive, green outdoor space. On the ground floor, a customer hall and exhibition room welcomes visitors; the three upper storeys house administrative offices. Four apartments on the topmost floor offer expansive roof terraces and generous, light-flooded rooms.