ETTERSBURGER GESPRACH 2021

16th of September 2021

Friedrich Ludewig and Heidrun Schuhmann of ACME join the discussion about urban redevelopment, innovation and sustainability strategies at Ettersburger Gespräch 2021.
REWE Market of the Future prototype is presented as an exemplary case study.
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image credit: Axel Clemens, Federal Building Culture Foundation


HAUGEN AT THE PAVILION, STRATFORD

15th of September 2021

Haugen, Stratford's new alpine-inspired D&D food destination opens today!
Located on Endeavour Square, the BREEAM Outstanding Timber Building designed by ACME provides two floors of restaurants and bars, and a rooftop terrace open to all, with stunning views of London's Olympic Park, London Aquatics Centre and the emerging East Bank.


OFFICIAL OPENING: SAB, LEIPZIG

13th of September 2021

SAB building was opened with over 100 guests, including CEO of Sächsische Aufbaubank, Dr. Katrin Leonhardt; Prof. Roland Wöller; Thomas Schmidt; State Minister of Finance of the Free State of Saxony, Hartmut Vorjohann; Prof. Philipp Oswalt; and Lord Mayor of the City of Leipzig, Burkhard Jung. 
ACME look forward to seeing Leipzig citizens exploring the new public space and invite all to attend the Open House day on 16 October 2021.


A GIFT TO THE CITY: SAB, LEIPZIG

9th of September 2021

Sächsische Aufbaubank (SAB) building in Leipzig, Germany was officially opened today with a ceremony of over 100 guests to mark the occasion.

“With its new location in the immediate vicinity of the historic city centre, the SAB is setting an architectural mark of respect in Leipzig. The move to the bank and the jobs are good for our city. The redesign of the former Robotron area also created a public space for the people of Leipzig; I am sure that this place will establish itself as a meeting place where young and old, locals and newcomers, guests and travelers will feel comfortable."
Burkhard Jung, Lord Mayor of the City of Leipzig

“The architecturally outstanding ensemble expresses the bank's serving function for the community. With its forum, it creates a high-quality public space in the centre of Leipzig. The innovative forest of columns impresses with its play of light and shadow and its transparency and permeability. As a place of work for the bank's employees, the building sets new standards for the working world in the 21st century."
Philipp Oswalt, Professor at the University of Kassel, former head of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation

image credit: Strohhut Pictures


STAIRS: SAB, LEIPZIG

31st of August 2021

For the Sächsische Aufbaubank (SAB) in Leipzig, ACME has developed the building cores to prioritize stairs over lifts. The usual fire escape stair void has been widened to ensure daylight on all levels. Acoustic absorption has been installed in the soffit to allow the core to remain open to the offices. The core enclosure has been cast in-situ, with precast steps and railings. To invite more use of the stair, the concrete for steps and railings has been precast and polished, making it feel more precious.
Prefabricated off-site at Betonstein R. Bayer's Zwickau factory in Germany, the stairs and parapet were cast upside down. After curing, they were turned and polished.
On site, each stair flight weighing 4.5 tons and its integrated handrail weighing 2.1 tons was carefully craned into the concrete stair shafts. Any transport holes and assembly anchors subsequently closed and polished out, leaving a beautiful continuous polished concrete void at the centre of every core.


OPENING: SAB, LEIPZIG

17th of August 2021

Final construction site visit before the public opening of the SAB building in Leipzig, Germany. The new office headquarters of Sächsische Aufbaubank (SAB) is nearly complete and will be officially opened on 9th September 2021.
ACME won the international competition in 2013, and after a long construction journey, we look forward to the citizens of Leipzig exploring the public space for the first time.
Located next to Leipzig's main train station and occupying an entire block in the city centre, the site is defined through an L shaped building framing a new public space. The building provides 500 workspaces, a conference centre, auditorium, consultation rooms and a restaurant. The public space is delineated by a forest of columns grouped around a large central clearing, populated by landscaping, seating and a mirror lake. In baroque times, this area was occupied by Schmuckgaerten, ornamental gardens where one could escape the dense city for a while, and we hope the public space will be able to continue this tradition into the future.


PLANNING SUBMITTED: H1, ELEPHANT PARK

12th of August 2021

H1 development, one of the most sustainable new office buildings in London, progresses to planning stage.
This is ACME's tallest timber building to date and it sets a new benchmark for timber structures in the city. Located directly beside Elephant Park, greenery surrounds the ground floor level and extends up onto the south-facing stepped outdoor terraces located on every level of the building. The new building form sensitively responds to site constraints and provides modern, flexible, and open workspace that is adaptable for the future. 


RIBA SOUTH EAST AWARD 2021: BUMPERS OAST

10th of August 2021

Bumpers Oast, Kent wins RIBA South East Award 2021.
The jury felt that was a very successful, enjoyable and thought-provoking work of architecture.
It is a celebration of a client-architect relationship that has led to such an unusual building.


ON SITE: FOLKESTONE SEAFRONT

21st of July 2021

The first residential building within phase 1 of Folkestone Seafront in Kent is well underway, creating 84 new beachfront homes.
In a playful nod to adjacent Victorian seaside estates, the development creates new urban crescents, articulated with curved bay windows and balconies. Expansive sea views on the beach side will be complemented by a raised communal garden on the wind-protected side of the crescent.


WAF 2021 FINALIST: BUMPERS OAST

19th of July 2021

Bumpers Oast is shortlisted for World Architecture Festival 2021 - House & Villa (Rural/Nature) - Completed Buildings Award.
The traditional oast house form has been reimagined by ACME to create a new home within the rolling landscape and apple orchards of Kent. The building is highly insulated and designed to passive house standards of airtightness, with the oast cones used to encourage slow air movement and purge ventilation from high level openings during the summer.


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