Press release: new Stylepark building at Peterskirchhof
Frankfurt, September 3rd, 2019
On behalf of the architecture and design platform Stylepark, architectural practice NKBAK has planned and realized a new building that abuts on the 15th-century Peterskirchhof cemetery in downtown Frankfurt. The building has been nominated for the DAM Prize 2020 and is an excellent example of "adding new buildings where other structures already exist".
Urban planning situation
The new building was realized in the inner courtyard of a building dating from the early 20th century. What makes the task so special is that the listed cemetery wall of the Peterskirchhof that marks the boundary of the plot had to be incorporated into the planning. The architects decided to continue the historical wall in the look of the new building’s facade. This was achieved using bricks by Danish firm Petersen Tegl. And in order to better capture the irregular appearance of the cemetery wall the facades were structured using layers of bricks of different heights. The architects derived the volume of the new building from the requirements for lighting, access and fire protection. There are two courtyards on the ground floor of the new building as well as spacious roof terraces on the first and second floor – these enhance the amenity value of both the new building and the existing one. With the new building NKBAK and Stylepark provide an exemplary contribution to increasing densities in downtown Frankfurt.
The office expansion of Stylepark
The ground floor of the new building accommodates the new offices of architecture and design platform Stylepark. Ideal premises were created to suit the company’s needs: three spacious open working areas with areas to which staff can withdraw and a central "coffee point" as a meeting place. In the summer months the two courtyards can be used for outdoor breaks and simultaneously they provide sight lines between the individual workplaces in the building. For the interior design Stylepark cooperated with renowned manufacturers including ADO Lights, Bocci, e15, Interlübke, Lindner, Nimbus, Serien.Lighting and String. "The new office spaces are not just a visual delight – they foster internal communication and team spirit while supporting focused and inspired work.", says Franziska Michaelis, Board member of Stylepark.
There is one apartment respectively on both the first and second story: a 2-room apartment affording 44 square meters of space and a 60-square-meter studio apartment. The apartments are structured not through walls but largely by differing floor and ceiling heights. The result is an impression of ample space despite the relatively small footprint.
Shortlisted for DAM Prize 2020
The new Stylepark building bordering Frankfurt’s Peterskirchhof cemetery has been shortlisted for the DAM Prize, the most important German architectural award that is bestowed on outstanding architecture every year. For the DAM Prize 2020 the Deutsche Architekturmuseum nominated 100 remarkable buildings or ensembles from which a jury of experts selected 23 buildings for the shortlist. The winner will be officially announced next January. "Despite the highly complex initial situation with a heritage listed cemetery wall and a fairly inaccessible plot, the result is a truly beautiful building. The different outdoor areas have been retained to our great joy.", says Robert Volhard, Founder and Board member of Stylepark.
Corridor to the new building
Download images (Photos: Patricia Parinejad)
Notes for editors
As the real pioneer, in the year 2000 Stylepark developed the world’s very first online platform for architecture and design products. Based in Frankfurt/Main, the company has now for 20 years been setting the tone in the international architecture and design scene. The Stylepark Online Magazine presents all the important news on architecture and design. Its own design prize has long since become an international trailblazer within the target group of architects, interior architects and designers. Stylepark also acts as a major creative industry networker and consultant.
Architectural practice NKBAK was founded in 2007 by Nicole Kerstin Berganski and Andreas Krawczyk in Frankfurt/Main. The two got to know each other as staff members of the Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA office in Tokyo, Japan. Their work stands out for a fine feel for space and a special understanding of the use of materials and construction technologies. Their designs reference their context and have a strong focus on the usages and users. In this way, with their buildings they always create a consciously designed new space and place.
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