“Nomen est omen”. Not only the name “SteamWork”, which the client GoodSpaces GmbH gave to the young co-working space, is intended to recall the original function of the historic clinker brick building in the southwest of Karlsruhe, because it was built for a steam carpenter’s workshop.
The intention was that the dynamism and power stored in this old industrial site would benefit the thinking and doing now planned there on 300 workstations: a hot spirit, so to speak. After all, it needs some of that, since the customers have a variety of usage requirements. These include both self-employed people and start-ups as well as larger companies looking for inspiring premises on a temporary or longer-term basis or for a “feel-good place” that still appeals even after a hard day in the evening.
To capture this spirit in the available 3,000 square meters of office space, the charm of the architecture was revitalized by the planners on three differently designed floors: rough walls, high ceilings, massive metal struts, old wooden beams inside, plus a large courtyard with a terrace ideal for outdoor working or relaxing.
The working world also includes other offerings such as the multifunctional event space “The Hall” for up to 200 people, which can be booked by internal or external interested parties, or the Impact Studio, which GoodSpaces makes available to various initiatives, associations and projects, as well as a pleasant on-site catering service or an unpackaged store.
The floor plans of “SteamWork” include open and closed spaces, from free spaces in open room solutions for productive still work to activating designed spaces for collaborative co-working. The original portfolio is complemented by systemically separated team, meeting and video conference rooms, individually designed meeting rooms and soundproof telephone booths. It is not only the lounge areas with selected furniture and the stylistically quite stimulating to excitingly placed wall graffiti or pop color surfaces that make an appearance. Everywhere it should “steam”.
As a designer, how would you define the term “New Work” briefly and succinctly?
Sven Kaun-Feederle: New Work is the constant question of “How will we work in the future?” As planners and consultants, the focus is on designing a meaningful and value-creating use of space. Places for concentration are just as valuable as communicative team areas or work cafés. The result is a hybrid working environment with a quality of experience and stay.
There is currently a lot of talk about sustainability: Do you have a basic approach to this?
Together with GoodSpaces, we have created an inspiring workspace in which the feel-good factor, a sense of community and appreciation play a key role. Sustainably certified office furnishings contribute to achieving ecological corporate goals and improving well-being. This can create sustainable places that have a positive impact on people.
Is it possible to respond to the home office trend in office design, or should a clear distinction be made between private and office interiors?
Employees make a conscious and considered decision to come into the office, and they expect the same flexibility there that they appreciate in the home office. Home-like aspects in office furnishings are already an important part of a modern working environment and create a feel-good atmosphere. These support teamwork and reinforce a sense of belonging to the company.
|Architects||baurmann.dürr Architekten Partnerschaftsgesellschaft mbB|
|Project type||Modification / Reconstruction|
|Gross floor area m2||3.000|
|Number of employees||10|