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Sauerbruch Hutton snakes into Dessau

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Sauerbruch Hutton's Federal Office for the Department of the Environment in Dessau, Germany, comprises a 29,000m2 four-storey building occupying a 10,594m2 footprint on a 28,000m2 brownfield site. It will be highly advanced in terms of environmental technology. The complex will provide a net floor area of 18,000m2 including 632 offices, six multi-purpose rooms and 20 public spaces.

Offices are arranged either side of a corridor in a narrow, snake-like structure which encloses a glass-roofed atrium, ensuring that all staff have windows with interesting views and natural light. The atrium is overlooked by raised meeting areas and crossed by bridges, which divide it into a large entrance area and four other linked but distinct communal spaces. The project, won in April in open competition, will cost an estimated £33 million to build. Work is due to start on site in 1999, with completion in 2001.

CLIENT: Federal Ministry for Regional Planning, Building and Urban Development

ARCHITECT: Sauerbruch Hutton Architects, Berlin/London

QS: Hams & Partner, Berlin/ Hannover

STRUCTURAL CONSULTANTS: Krebs & Kiefer Ingenieure, Darmstadt/Berlin; Battle McCarthy, London

ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERS: Zibell, Willner & Partner, Cologne/ Berlin; Battle McCarthy, London

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