In an industrial building complex in Hamburg’s Altona district, new offices were completed in May 2021 for the Carlsen children’s and young adult book publisher. The new space is part of the future publisher campus currently in development on the plot at Völckersstraße 20, adding a further, larger site right next to the company’s publishing house at that location.
Where previously the focus was on industrial production, more than 70 of the publisher’s employees work here now. A big challenge of the project was the conversion of the heterogeneous hall buildings into an efficient office environment that would fulfil the publisher’s specific requirements. The goal of the cautious interventions was to leave the old usage of the halls visible while at the same time providing space for the new usage. Thus, while handling the existing buildings with great responsibility, a new set of rules was prepared for the conversion to a state-of-the-art office landscape.
Interior: de Winder, www.dewinder.de
Photo: Mark Seelen for de Winder