Sixtyfive Suites by Stephen Williams Associates

Stephen Williams Associates converted a seven-storey 1960s office building in Hamburg’s city centre into “Sixtyfive Suites” – a unique working environment. Despite its central location only steps away from the heart of the city, it was in need of refurbishment and became increasingly hard to let. With a layout deemed problematic the buildings ‘charms’ and potential where overlooked and demolition was considered.Sixtyfive Suites by Stephen Williams Associates   Sixtyfive Suites by Stephen Williams Associates

The underlying design intent of Stephen Williams Associates was to retain the buildings history In keeping with its surroundings. Whilst working on site, Stephen Williams Associates discovered a spiral staircase that reached a bank vault in the Basement of the building which has now been incorporated into the design.Sixtyfive Suites by Stephen Williams Associates Sixtyfive Suites by Stephen Williams Associates

Each floor now offers a bright and modern office suite for with up to 10 workstations and a small kitchen unit. The well-proportioned, compact design and intelligent ground plan give a surprisingly spacious feel, built in furniture makes maximum use of space. A new roof to the building gave the option to increase the ceiling height and create a stunning loft space with a height of up to 5 meters. Both the roof and the façade of the top floor are clad with copper. A series of tall narrow windows flood the room with natural light and provide framed views of the surroundings. Zig-zagging copper shapes embellish the row of columns, adding a subtle ornament to the otherwise clear-lined simplicity of the street elevation.SWA_JÅrgen Tapp_Konfi.TischSixtyfive Suites by Stephen Williams Associates Sixtyfive Suites by Stephen Williams Associates Sixtyfive Suites by Stephen Williams Associates

The marketing concept includes more than just office space Stephen Williams Associates have created a communal hub. From the use of conference facilities in the neighbouring hotel to communal bicycles, the building provides a professional framework and a distinctive location for small firms. Its innovative design was one of the reasons it was fully let before its completion.

Sixtyfive Suites by Stephen Williams Associates


Photos: Hoch Zwei / Stephen Williams Associates

Words: Jessica MacNally

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