Research Center for Biodiversity and Climate (BiK-F)
Frankfurt am Main, Germany
© Jörg Hempel
SSP AG - Integrated Design made in Germany. SSP is one of the largest Integrated Design Offices in Germany with currently more than 85 employees in Bochum and other locations in Berlin, Frankfurt, Aachen, Karlsruhe and Lingen. Established in 1977 SSP primary provides services for clients in West Germany. | Integrated Design for attractiveness, transformability and energy efficiency – Every project is also a prototype. Nothing is done solely “by number”; nothing is “off the peg”. The architecture of our building designs is always the result of complex and intensive work by our team of investors, operators, users, architects, building technology planners, organisational consultants, interior designers, urban planners and fire safety experts etc. Our concern as integrated planners is to clarify different views of the same building and value shared knowledge. Only by sharing and using knowledge effectively, will our clients and we achieve both sustainability and added value. | Transformability and attractive spaces with added value for buildings – Existing and future buildings are places in which people can successfully communicate, feel good and find meaning. A building is a total package made up of various factors that organise the all-important transfer of knowledge and create identification with the place and the enterprise. A building is a transmitter of communication. It can promote and enable informal, personal and social contacts in an appropriate and balanced way or it can impede or weaken this potential. | How can a good mix be created? How can the ‘treasure’ of knowledge transfer be unearthed? – Examples from the 70s in the Netherlands, Sweden and England, such as Hertzberger’s Centraal Beheer building, the competition entry for the ESAB in Stockholm, and Foster’s Willis, Faber and Dumas (the Willis Building) in Ipswich, formed a starting point for the positive development of communication and identification in office buildings. Structures were created to accommodate diversification and to counter a growing preoccupation with ideology. It was not technology and organisation that determined their content, instead, interest centred on people as a social beings.