The offices for the Federal Environmental Agency present a case study for sustainable building. Active and passive strategies for the reduction of energy consumption and carbon dioxide production are realised in an architecture that combines spatial and material economy with a deliberate stimulation of the senses.
The location in a former industrial area was selected to demonstrate the possibilities (and challenges) presented by a brownfield site. Contaminated land has been treated, and both a small existing railway station and a former gas appliance factory were integrated into the complex. The overall form of the new building was designed such that a large portion of the site remains accessible to the citizens of Dessau as a public park.
The new building combines a compact volume and a high degree of thermal insulation with strategies of intelligent engineering and the use of renewable energy sources (text from project's website).
Main building: Monday - Friday: 06.00 - 22.00 / Saturday: 06.00 - 16.00 / Sunday: 08.30 - 16.00.
Library: Monday - Wednesday: 09.00 - 15.30 / Thursday: 09.00 - 17.00 / Friday: 09.00 - 15.00.
Only a small part is public area. If you want to visit more of the building you have to make an appointment.
How to get there?
Dessau Hauptbahnhof / From here it is 5 minutes walking.