Discover Germany, Issue 73, April 2019

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Discover Germany  |  Special Theme  |  All Eyes on German Architecture 2019Move Management

Foto: © D. Wilhelmy

PlanWerkstatt and K3: innovative architecture and design Architecture is an interdisciplinary art that happens on many dimensions. Forms, colours, sounds, lights and movements make spaces liveable, memorable – and communicate function. PlanWerkstatt is a creative, resourceful and innovative architecture firm that focuses on projects in architecture, corporate identity, and interior design spaces. TEXT: ELISABETH DOEHNE

“Architecture is communication – in the best case, it is the immediate change of perception,” explains lead architect David Wiederhold. Good architecture, as PlanWerkstatt shows, is not just what looks good. It also performs, adds value, and fulfils a purpose. PlanWerkstatt, founded in 2008, helps shape a new future of architecture – both on the regional and national level. A striking example is the new storage and office building for K3 Raumkonzept GmbH, a wood specialist firm, whose factory hall PlanWerkstatt extended and re-designed. Both firms are located in Bedburg-Hau in North Rhine-Westphalia and this particular design demonstrated 86  |  Issue 73  |  April 2019

the resourcefulness and innovation that design can lend to corporate identities. As illustrated by the new storage and office building for K3, PlanWerkstatt’s clients and architects have always looked at spaces holistically: from the first project phase of planning and consulting, to construction and logistics. The two-storey extension is a structural and widely recognisable ‘visual business card’ for the client K3 and reflects K3’s high quality, material selection and their own work’s innovative capability standards. The upper level is particularly impressive. PlanWerkstatt used motifs from the woodworking process to communicate the function and purpose of the new of-

fices. White interiors, walls and furniture are complemented by dark shelves, sliding doors, glass and wood applications. “We work across disciplines and convey content through architecture and design. We create surprising solutions with added value to make companies and products tangible,” explains Stefan van Ühm, a representative for the firm. K3 also follows these principles during their work: results without compromises that are implemented with the highest materials and processed with highest precision. During all projects, PlanWerkstatt impresses with the same level of creativity, efficiency, professionalism and quality. PlanWerkstatt has been recognised with numerous design awards and nominations for their creative work: for example, they won the Iconic Award 2018 for Innovative Architecture and the prestigious German Design Award 2019.