Home Havana Tobacco Manufacturing unit Linz / Kaltenbacher ARCHITEKTUR + STEINBAUER architektur+design
Textual content description offered by the architects. The “Home Havana” – listed as a monument – is positioned close to the Danube promenade within the industrial ensemble of the tobacco manufacturing facility in Linz. It was constructed as a tobacco warehouse within the Nineteen Thirties in accordance with plans by Peter Behrens and Alexander Popp. Within the mid-Sixties, the storage constructing was elevated and the world within the south and within the north in entrance of the constructing was constructed over. After the demolition of all non-historical-listed elements in 2017, there began an EU-wide structure competitors to seek out concepts for brand new use.
The credo of the revitalization is to not disturb the stability of the economic monument by Peter Behrens in its sturdy presence regardless of a brand new facade assertion however to complement it with a coherent idea for the preservation of monuments. The principle actor performs the glass block – originating from the start of the twentieth century and likewise thought of a component in useful structure. This selection of the fabric permits most mild yield contained in the previously darkish tobacco retailer.
The glass facade consists of 70,000 glass blocks and extends over six flooring with an space of over 1,800 m². With the intention to correspond to Behren’s prevailing construction, all supporting metal constructions disappear contained in the glass block joints and are solely seen horizontally within the type of a supporting window. The metal home windows, in flip, are divided into the required grid of the listed concrete skeleton construction and permit pure air flow by way of a pivoting sash opening, additionally a reference to the historic constructing. As a transparent contour between the prevailing and the newly created, the whole glass brick facade is surrounded by a black metal band. A brand new cover varieties the decrease finish of the facade, which was additionally irrevocably misplaced when it was demolished within the Sixties.
The newly constructed stair tower inside creates an introverted setting earlier than coming into the individually designed workplace area. Two oppositely organized, single-flight, concrete staircases every overcome the peak of a whole story. The stepped backside view of the flights of stairs creates an impression that’s paying homage to a lithograph by M.C. Escher. The railing building is diminished to large spherical metal rods, which had been anchored straight into the stairways by way of lots of of core drillings. The identity-creating spherical glazing, as a memory of a lot of porthole home windows within the manufacturing facility, was positioned precisely on the stage of the crossing factors of the steps and thus permits insights and views from particular angles of the journal.
The usual flooring are additionally primarily based on the axis grid of the historic design. The ground plan is diminished to the infrastructural provide within the heart and 4 new sanitary zones had been created within the unexposed outer corners. The area in between is used and designed by the respective customers of the flooring individually in accordance with their wants.