Finke Hamm

New construction of a furniture centre — Unnaer Straße 35, 59069 Hamm-Rhynern, Germany — Furniture store: 36.000 m², Carré: 8.000 m² — 2015 — finke Das Erlebnis-Einrichten GmbH & Co. KG

Appealing curves

finke looks back to a company history of almost 60 years. It all began in 1958 - with a small sales space in Paderborn. Today, the company belongs to the market leaders in Germany and the new furniture center has been the largest investment of the expanding group. The architects from blocher partners in Stuttgart were able to create a building that represents finke's demands concerning quality, their will for innovation and also their uniqueness, serving as a landmark, even from far away.

The furniture competence center is divided into two buidlings: the finke furniture store amounting to 36,000 square metres and the take-away concept Carré celebrating its premiere here - on 8,000 square metres. The complex radiates modest lightness with buildings that are connected by a spacious plaza and are open to all directions while at the same time being well embedded into the surroundings, thanks to their smooth shapes and greened roofs. The constructive outer shells are cladded with high-quality aluminium panels; consequently there are no "rear sides" - instead, the façade design is executed around the whole building. Large glazed cutouts in the façade mark the entrance areas and special zones (like the restaurant). At night, the façade is tenderly lit by LED technology. Through this lighting, the plasticity of the buildings can be enhanced and additional accentuations are set. The energy concept which relies on renewable energy to create power and solar cooling adds to the future-oriented concept.

The architects created a retail ensemble that connetcs self-confidence with lightness. A concept that adds a new typology to the architecture canon of the furniture store business. As firm owner Wilfried Finke puts it: "The buildings with their amorphous shape, the high-quality facade design and their joint appearance thanks to the connecting open space are unique in Germany."

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