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Kieler Nachrichten headquarters building news

12 August 2021

Design: EFFEKT, Architects, Denmark

Location: Kiel, northern Germany

EFFEKT wins 1st prize in a competition to design new headquarters for Kieler Nachrichten.

Regional German newspaper office building design by Danish architects practice

Kieler Nachrichten headquarters building

New Headquarters for Kieler Nachrichten

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.

Kieler Nachrichten headquarters building

The digitalization and change in news and media consumption have rendered the existing newspaper production facilities redundant and obsolete. This offers an opportunity to completely rethink the physical presence of Kieler Nachrichten and their relevance to the citizens of Kiel in a much broader context.

Kieler Nachrichten headquarters building

KielHöfe shows the evolution of societies and media communication, by thinking about uses/functions that have a share in 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 driver in the revitalization of the city center in Kiel.

Kieler Nachrichten headquarters building

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 programs. KielHöfe explores a new way of disseminating information and sharing knowledge and experiences between a wide variety of users and interest groups.

Kieler Nachrichten headquarters building

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.

Regional German newspaper office building in Kiel

Careful planning and programming of the courtyard space mediate the large elevation difference of the four adjacent streets. This allows for pedestrians to filter through the courtyard, hence being exposed to the large variety of activities taking place in the new KielHöfe.

Regional German newspaper office building in Kiel

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.

Regional German newspaper office building in Kiel

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.

Regional German newspaper office building in Kiel

Regional German newspaper office building in Kiel

Kieler Nachrichten headquarters building images / information received 110821 from EFFEKT

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Location: Kiel, Germany, western Europe

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