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Photos: Uwe Dettmar & Axel Stephan; AS&P – Albert Speer & Partner GmbH, Frankfurt/ Main

House of Logistics & Mobility, Frankfurt, Germany In 2011, the Holm, an interdisciplinary research centre working in the logistics and mobility sectors, tendered for the construction of a new research centre in the Gateway Gardens district near Frankfurt Airport, which AS & P — Albert Speer & Partners — won together with project developers Lang & Cie Real Estate AG. Now completed, this passive-certified building is seven-storeys high, with two more floors underground. Shaped like a figure of eight, the building’s architecture is designed to support the networking and open exchange of ideas between its users. The design features a bright sevenstorey atrium, at the heart of which is a flight of stairs dubbed the ‘X-Celerator’, which forms the centrepiece of the building. Meanwhile the walls are constructed from externally-insulated precast concrete with a ventilated facade, while the roof is built from reinforced concrete too. The building is hooked up to the local district’s combined heat and power network, which supplies heat via low-temperature ceiling panels. With passive house design by Lenz Weber Engineers, the building’s vital stats tick all of the right boxes: airtightness of 0.27 air changes per hour, space heating demand of 14kWh/m2/yr and primary energy demand of 115 kWh/m2/yr. And as well as passive house certification, the building also boasts a ‘silver’ certification under the German DGNB scheme. And we think it looks pretty damn good, too. u

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Passive house plus issue 11 (UK edition)  

Passive house plus issue 11 (UK edition)