Visible Layers of Time
Project: Finanzamt Zwickau (Internal Revenue)
Architecture: Knoche Architekten BDA, Leipzig with Neumann Architekten BDA, Plauen
Carpet: Eco 2
Photos: Dietmar Tršupmann, Augustusburg
The Internal Revenue in Zwickau, Germany, has now taken up residence in the historic halls of the former engineering school. Sensitively restored with additional modern extensions, the complex reveals the different periods of its development. The architect bureaus Knoche and Neumann showed genuine appreciation of the charm of Wilhelminian construction and true understanding of the demands of modern architecture in the restoration of the buildings dating back to the beginning of the twentieth century.
The room acoustics in the open-plan offices are balanced by special sound-absorbing ceilings and textile floor and wall coverings. Eco 2 by Carpet Concept is the carpet of choice over around 4000 square meters to enhance the floor for concentrated working, ingenious organizing and lively discussions. The top-quality woven material makes for quiet movement in the offices and reduces background noise to improve acoustic quality. Eco also features on the walls up to 2.9 meters and thus also helps absorb sound. The warm gray of the carpet fits seamlessly with the color concept of the interior. Reserved in both color and form, Eco harmonizes with the partially preserved Terrazzo flooring and the new, soft-to-walk-on poured asphalt in the remaining rooms. With its light mťlange, Eco dominates a room both aesthetically and acoustically. Dope dyed yarn makes cleaning and maintenance of the floor easier. The flat-woven carpet is hard-wearing, anti-static, stores warmth and thus helps to reduce energy costs.