We are thrilled to announce that REWE Green Farming has been awarded as a 2024 Civic Trust Awards winner!

Judges’ Comments: “The modular and sustainable supermarket architecture, coupled with the aquaponic rooftop farm, sets a new standard for the industry, aligning with the growing demand for responsible and community-oriented retail spaces.”

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Leipzig is a mercantile city in Saxony with a proud history of trade, books and exchanges. In previous centuries, the site was the location for Leipzig’s stock exchange and tanning district. The site context is rather heterogeneous, dominated by socialist apartments and hotel towers alongside 19th century grand hotels and late-20th century office blocks. More recently, it was occupied by offices of the East German computer manufacturer Robotron. Designed by Leipzig architects, Rudolf Skoda and Ulrich Quester, the Robotron building was regarded as “Eastern Modernism”. The Robotron Kombinat Leipzig was dissolved in 1990.

The site was once an important part of Leipzig’s pleasure and ornamental gardens - Löhrs Garten designed by Johann Dauthes (1749-1816), commissioned by banker and merchant, Eberhard Heinrich Löhr (1725-1798). Löhr’s garden, acres of formal gardens with long, sweeping avenues, down which the city’s residents strolled together on balmy summer evenings in the 18th century was entered through a three-wing garden palace and the inner courtyard bordered by a colonnade. The cultivation of fresh herbs and vegetables and fruit trees took up a considerable part of the overall garden. The island of the pond could be accessed via a wooden bridge. The island was also known as “Snail Mountain”.

ACME’s design reinvents the typology of a bank as an imposing institution: the usual front of columns has been dissolved into a forest of supports. Columns work hard - supporting, shading, sheltering the building and open space.

The building's organic form reflects the client aspirations and commitment in supporting sustainability and innovation.

“With the SAB-Forum we have not only built an office building, but also contribute to the development of the district with the urban ensemble and create a public space for the city of Leipzig. With events, the publicly accessible wall reliefs in the building by pioneers of the Leipzig School and the freely accessible column garden, we want to open up to the people of Leipzig and their guests. The location of the new SAB headquarters in Leipzig and the metropolitan region of Central Germany supports the planned expansion of the bank’s customer and partner orientation.”

Dr. Katrin Leonhardt, CEO of Sächsische Aufbaubank


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