Competition 1997 – 1st Prize
Design Volkwin Marg
Project leader Martin Bleckmann
Project team Jutta Hartmann-Pohl, Monika Kaesler, Jörg Greuel, Franz Lensing, Clemens Dost, Frederik Jaspert
Client Leipziger Gewerbehofgesellschaft
Construction period 1998 - 2000
Gross floor area 44,000 m²
Volume 245,000 m³
Area of the 3 Television Studios 1,500/1,000/
The former slaughterhouse from the 19th century (architect: Hugo Licht), an ensemble from detached buildings and continuous masonry façades, was been reused for the Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (broadcasting company) and as a media centre; several buildings were renovated. The new material concept reinterpreted the identity of the location: sand-coloured ceramic brick for the façades and the interior wall cladding alternating with steel structures and sections, generously glazed surfaces and landscaped open spaces. In the glazed promenade facing south, the frieze of figures by artist Aristide Olivier Hamann runs along the three external studio walls like a film role.
The media garden is developed as a glazed "house inside a house"; the media tower stands in front of the building as a detached light sculpture and forms the directing point in the alley.