KielHöfe is the transformation of the decommissioned editorial offices and printing press of reputable regional German newspaper Kieler Nachrichten. For more than 100 years, the Kieler Nachrichten publishing house has been present in the heart of the historic downtown Kiel, occupying an entire city block housing all aspects of newspaper production from newsroom editing to printing and distribution.
The digitalization and change in news and media consumption has rendered the existing newspaper production facilities redundant and obsolete. This offers an opportunity to completely rethink the physical presence of Kieler Nachricten and their relevance the citizens of Kiel in a much broader context.
KielHöfe shows the evolution of societies and media-communication, by thinking in uses/functions that have a share on communication (like eating, creating, making, recreating and socializing). The development of the industrial site into a vibrant mixed-use living-hub will become a vital part of the rejuvenation and a driven in the revitalization of the city center in Kiel.
Fleethörn will still be the center for news but in the future the citizens of Kiel are invited right into the heart of the newspaper by integrating and interweaving the consisting newspaper functions into the urban fabric and mixing these with new and related cultural program. KielHöfe explores a new way of disseminating information and sharing knowledge and experiences between a wide variety of users and interest groups.
The physical transformation is based on Kiel’s unique identity uncovering the architectural code and language and transposing this into modern day – blending naturally with the building culture by adapting and translation detailing, ornamentation and material usage.
Careful planning and programming of the courtyard space mediates the large elevation difference of the four adjacent streets. This allow for pedestrians to filter through the courtyard, hence being exposed to the large variety of activities taking place in the new KielHöfe.
The ground is largely consisting of public functions with a large food court, meeting facilities and event spaces in direct connection to streets and courtyard. Offices and co-working space fill most of the space above the ground floor, with a series of publicly accessible roof gardens and a large conservatory and event space on the roof of the printing press.
With the development of KielHöfe, Kieler Nachrichten wants to create a platform for the makers and inventors of the modern Kiel. A sustainable, visionary cultural powerhouse that invites everyone to join in, share and experience Kiel culture together. A cultural destination that will redefine the future of the inner city.
The project includes 11.000 m2 mixed-use square meters and 7.000 m2 basement area. Existing buildings will be largely transformed and new square meters added in largely timber construction.
|Collaborators||JES, Bollinger + Grohmann Ingenieure, Petersen-Ingenieure GMBH, F4 Brandschutz, AX5|
|Status||1st Prize, on going|
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