The ESO Headquarters Extension by Auer Weber builds on a pre-existing structure in Germany, which reflects the topography of the surrounding landscape.
The building itself houses an organization that performs research for astronomy, so the design of the headquarters needed to reflect this blending with the cosmos. As such the architecture takes on a wave-like form, exuding a calming effect for those that walk by or enter. Much of the facade is made from windows, allowing for the daylight to pass through and make it easier for individuals to still enjoy the weather outside.
The new extension works well with the pre-existing part of the building, and does not appear out of place or haphazardly added on. Auer Weber seamlessly integrated the two for a polished final effect.
Photo Credits: designboom, auer-weber.de
The ESO Headquarters Extension Builds on a Distinct Design
1. Landscape-embracing Architecture - There is an opportunity for architects to embrace the surrounding environment and design buildings that reflect the landscape.
2. Wave-like Forms - Designs incorporating wave-like forms can produce calming effects and add unique visual interest to buildings.
3. Natural Lighting - Integrating windows into building facades can make use of natural lighting and help individuals to still enjoy the weather outside.
1. Architecture - Architects can embrace and work with the existing landscape to create more harmonious and unique buildings.
2. Construction - Incorporating natural lighting into building designs can improve energy efficiency and reduce electricity costs.
3. Environmental Preservation - Landscape-embracing architecture can contribute to environmental preservation, by reducing the impact on the surroundings and developing eco-friendly techniques.