GALLERY COMPLEX ADS1A, 2002
BERND KNIESS ARCHITEKTEN STADTPLANER, COLOGNE
This conversion of a defunct transformer station in the midst of an agglomeration of high-rise housing, multi-lane carriageways and traffic intersections, turns the rough fabric of a technical building from the seventies into a distinctive site for galleries and a studio space. The approach taken by the architects was more strategic than design-based, accepting the parameters implicit in the existing situation. The architects gutted the concrete structure, which previously had only housed machinery, to create spaces for four galleries, a multi-functional space and a studio loft. In doing so, they adapted the existing fabric rather than reinventing it, opening up the introverted shell with low-cost transparent, bulbous panels in textural contrast to the prefabricated concrete cladding.

Client: Luis Campaña, Vera Gliem, Hammelehle und Ahrens, Sabine Schmidt
Utilizable Space: 1068 sqm
Building costs: 465.000€