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Climbable Wooden Building Raises The Bar For Office Design

Office Off, Face of Buildings, Heri & Salli, Alucobond, Photography by Paul Ott

Austrian design studio Heri & Salli created a truly unique façade for cladding company Face of Buildings. The building utilizes space for the company to test facades, sun-screens and grow plants, but also provides a leisurely space for the employees to climb on the exterior.

This extraordinary building’s interior features meeting rooms, workspaces, gymnasium, climbing wall, swimming pool and a farm planned for the surrounding land.

Office Off, Face of Buildings, Heri & Salli, Alucobond, Photography by Paul Ott

Architect Josef Saller told Dezeen, “From the beginning, the concept of quality of life and leisure culture had a major part in the planning. The traditional aspect of ‘going to work’ has received minor consideration.”

Partially inspired by crumbled paper, the façade was constructed entirely of wood, including cedar shingles and a spruce interior. Interestingly, the entire outer shell of the building was created using prefabricated timber panels constructed on site in only five days.

Office Off, Face of Buildings, Heri & Salli, Alucobond, Photography by Paul Ott

While the majority of the building is wood, the window boxes are covered in Alucobond aluminum composite material. These windows provide incredible views of the surrounding landscape.

The sustainable characteristics of the building features a photovoltaic solar paneled roof, which provides the building’s electricity, and rainwater is collected using a underground tank system used for the building’s toilets, showers and gardening. Additionally, a system exists to automatically control the windows based on exterior temperature.

Office Off, Face of Buildings, Heri & Salli, Alucobond, Photography by Paul Ott

Heri & Salli have raised the bar on designing office space. Beyond daylighting or gym amenities, the architects created a completely interactive façade.

Information courtesy of Dezeen

Photography © Paul Ott

DISCLAIMER: The following listed samples are not necessarily what was used in the project above. Instead, we have suggested several similar looking finishes below.

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