aac Academy for Architectural Culture, Hamburg (DE)
For 250 years, sailors have been trained in the nautical academy in Hamburg-Altona. Today, this historic site allows architecture and design students to discover new horizons. The Maritime Academy has become part of the Rainvilleterrasse campus, in which the Academy for Architectural Culture (aac) plays an important part. The school was founded by Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp), the largest German architectural firm, which finances the training facility with its own foundation. The three-part main building from the 1930s has been renovated and professionally expanded for its new use. The academy’s commitment to sustainability is also reflected in the interior. “For decades, USM Haller has proven itself to be the most sustainable furniture in our gmp offices around the world,” says aac Director Enno Maass. In addition, the system is highly flexible, which allows for continuous adaptation to keep up with changing workplace requirements. The black color of the furniture provides a clear contrast with the maritime white of the walls and the warm tones of the historic oak parquet, creating a powerful environment for a future-oriented approach.