Index Architekten: Artist’s Bunker

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What do you do with a leftover WWII bunker on Frankfurt’s East harbor? While knocking it over might seem like a good idea, Index Architekten has put this one to work as a cultural place “[defining] it as the motor for municipal transformation”. In a dramatic shift in program, the bunker has been converted into studio space for local artists and the home of the Institute for New Media.

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Due to high costs, demolition wasn’t an option – therefore the bunker “turned somewhat into an elevated construction site – like on a rock in the city, a carefully calculated wooden box will sit up there”. This wooden box house’s the studio spaces and the Institute for New Media, while the heavy pre-existing has been transformed into studio spaces for musicians.

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[image: 3rd floor plan]

Additionally, the plans of the ‘wooden box’ have been tuned inside-out – the studios are pushed to the center, and all the circulation + public space has been pulled to the exterior, creating both a “dialogue with the city” and immediate connection to the exterior for all the spaces.

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[image: 4th floor plan]
::info + images via Index Architekten::

Posted: August 14th, 2008
at 7:30am by orangemenace


Categories: architecture,adaptive reuse

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