With the September 17 ground breaking at Nordstern Park in Gelsenkirchen the expansion of the VIVAWEST Wohnen GmbH administration has started. This company is one of the largest providers of residential properties in the North-Rhine Westphalia region. Following the design by JSWD Architekten, a horizontally structured new unit will be built on the former mining location. The new unit will integrate into the existing ensemble as a contemporary component. The administration building is 120 m long, and with its so-called “[coal] seam level”, will be the symbol for the former mining location. It is designed to accommodate approximately 270 employees. Footbridges will link the new building to the surrounding area and structures. The incorporation of essential design features of the surrounding industrial architecture in terms of scale, proportion and materiality molds the buildings into a recognizable unit thereby creating a powerful appearance for the adjoining campus.

 

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