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Make to dress up clothing firm HQ in Germany

Make Architects has won an international competition to design a signature HQ building for EDC - a division of global fashion house Esprit - in Ratingen, Germany.

The asymmetrical structure, partially dug into the incline of the 8,000m2 site, will comprise five floors of interlinked commercial space.

Car parking, a gym and showroom space will be housed at basement levels, with design areas and offices above, along with cafés, restaurants and lounge areas.

Office space, says Make, is located at the 'external perimeter' to maximise natural daylight, with clothing-display areas, break-out spaces and presentation suites in areas where artificial lighting is needed.

An extensive rooflight at the heart of the structure will provide natural light, with additional glazing from the north-facing courtyard level.

According to Make, the sense of a fluid connection between levels is achieved by having the showroom and principal route taken by visitors located on a ramp which spirals up the central void to form a promenade.

Project architect Markus Seifermann said: 'Rather than separating out functions such as showroom spaces, product-display areas and design and administrative work stations into discrete areas, the fundamental concept of the scheme has been to develop a more fluidly interlinked workplaces and a showcase in which communication and visual connections are maximised to dynamic effect.'

by Clive Walker

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