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The Waldratsamt

The Waldratsamt

Comprising an office tower in the heart of a mixed-use city block, The Waldratsamt is a proposal for the new home of the Karlsruhe District Office (Landratsamt). In a tongue-in-cheek reference to the building’s administrative function, the design is partly inspired by the subtitle of the 1982 Joseph Beuys artwork 7,000 Oaks, “Stadtverwalden statt Stadtverwalten” (“city forestation instead of city administration”) incorporating a ‘bombardment’ of trees that shape the buildings, creating voids and terraces within the otherwise-regular form.


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