focus real estate, Munich
Retail, gastronomy, fitness, hotel, services, parking
Q40: eye-catcher at Augsburg Innovation Park
This is where the future is made: The Augsburg Innovation Park offers 70 hectares of space for Industry 4.0 as well as for research and development of resource-efficient technologies. Located between the university district, the Augsburg Technology Centre, the Fraunhofer Institute and the German Aerospace Center, Q40 combines several uses for the local population.
The city of Augsburg announced an architectural and investor competition for this distinctive building on an 8,350 sqm site. Kehrbaum Architekten and Focus Real Estate convinced the jury with an innovative concept that focuses on the city’s objectives: providing local amenities, hotel, fitness, gastronomy and parking for a high number of cars.
The five-storey building was developed by Kehrbaum Architekten as a so-called stacked use concept in a compact design, and only half-sunk to minimise costs. Accordingly, the underground parking deck is only accessible via a half ramp downwards. Half a ramp upwards opens up the parking spaces for gastronomy and shopping. A further ramp leads even further upwards, where the parking spaces for hotel and fitness/service can be accessed in the central core. The aim: the square building should not – as presented by other competition participants – consist of a multi-storey car park on one side and shop window façades on the other three sides.
Despite this innovative parking solution, atriums also provide daylight to the parking decks and the inward-facing rooms.
»The Q40 is equally well designed on all sides and hides the stationary traffic inside.«
Within the framework of the material concept, Kehrbaum Architekten implemented exposed concrete and a lamella construction for the windows of the upper floors. On the ground floor alone, glass cubes were designed for retail and gastronomy. Thus the building “floats” in an optically consistent manner from the first floor upwards. Moreover, the slats elegantly conceal the uses behind the façade. The building was realised in accordance with the low-energy standard and thus with maximum energy efficiency, including flat roof greenery. There is no doubt that the Q40 is now a highly visible eye-catcher at the entrance to the Innovation Park.