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Architecture, Colour, Sustainability

Sauerbruch Hutton

Central to the architectural programmes of Matthias Sauerbruch and Louisa Hutton is the whole issue of building sustainability. It was the case with their Berlin GSW headquarters (1999), the Federal Environmental Agency in Dessau (2005) and now with their latest project, the West Arcade building of Frankfurt’s Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW). The brief for the Anglo-German couple from Berlin was to complete the heterogeneous headquarters of this public bank with a single new building. The expressive new construction, embellished with colours in Sauerbruch Hutton style, is Frankfurt’s new urban landmark next to the famous Palm Garden.
The West Arcade is a high-rise with a difference. The brief demanded that energy consumption for the whole complex would not exceed 100KWh/sqm/y. This could only be achieved by adopting special design features allowing real energy-saving measures....

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