The design for the new building of the Schmitt + Söhne branch in Unterschleißheim develops a unique working environment in the tradition of recent modernism through the integration of green space inside and outside the building, which creates an inspiring effect and a healthy work environment. The design seeks dialogue between the rational and the irrational entity of nature – the combination of outdoor space and building. The entire property is covered with landscaping and a tree grid, with a one-story square building floating above open space and underground parking.
The building interior conforms to the landscaping grid below, allowing trees to grow through glass-enclosed, planted green spaces throughout the building. Work spaces and informal meeting areas are arranged around the outer walls and around these green courtyards punctuating the building. Employees are surrounded by green trees and natural light.
The floor plate of the building curves downward, forming a spacious, covered entrance with a wide flight of stairs to the entrance foyer. At the southeast corner, the plate rises to accommodate truck deliveries. The area above the delivery entrance is used for a play area in the parent/child room.
The ecological footprint of the project is noteworthy: the landscaping and trees create a cooler microclimate, as well as ecological diversity, fine dust binding, and precipitation retention. Flowering trees, such as magnolias and red-flowering chestnuts, add beauty. Trees are proposed that produce tropic-like associations, with particularly appealing leaf shapes, but that are hardy at our latitudes.