What should a room feel like? This question is a key consideration for the work of the architects from NKBAK, who designed the new offices for Stylepark, leading platform and marketing portal for Architecture and Design in Europe.
NKBAK’s built projects reveal their distinct sense of space and deep understanding of modern construction techniques. In addition to utilizing classical materials such as concrete and brick, the architects have discovered and developed the potential of timber construction as a central element in their work. In doing so they have employed both classical timber construction and modern techniques of modular construction with virtuosity.
NKBAK’s founding partners Nicole Kerstin Berganski and Andreas Krawczyk former architects at SANAA are currently enormously successful with their architecture office thanks to their pioneering school buildings in Frankfurt/Main and Berlin. They have already completed four schools and another one is under construction. A feature all the buildings share is a special module system developed by NKBAK using timber that allows buildings to be erected both inexpensively and fast – an attractive prospect for rapidly expanding cities and administrations who for a long time have not invested enough money in education infrastructure.
Spatial experience is a key concept in the work of NKBAK which can be clearly seen in the concept of creating the new transluscent office spaces similar to spacious boxes stagged one adjecent to the other. In their eyes space is always the search for diversity says Nicole Kerstin Berganski. And in many cases it means incorporating the dimension of height. Where possible the designs of NKBAK differentiate various zones in a building by using different ceiling heights. This not only defines them, it also lends them their own mood, their own character that differs clearly from the other areas . “We always begin our design process by considering what spatial experiences we want to achieve. From here we can move on to develop the details and determine the materials,”