A former machine tool factory, Pittlerwerke, situated on the outskirts of Leipzig, Germany is a complex building full of potential, with rich history and charm.
On behalf of the developer Montis, Snøhetta has undertaken a detailed analysis of the building structures to transform this weathered industrial site into a space fit for the future. Based on a concept development process with the client, we have created a program and added several interventions that will turn Pittlerwerke into an aspiring hub for creative business and play.
This is what the site looked like before any construction was made to it.
By carefully restoring, enhancing and remixing the unique heritage of Pittlerwerke, we wanted to design a hub where cross-disciplinary teams can gather and share their knowledge and resources.
A main entrance will be carved out within the space, leading the visitor into the site. Along this journey, one encounters Pittler Bar, like a secret meeting place. Tucked between other users, there are small unique apartments that can be rented by anyone who wants to spend time developing their ideas.
The result is envisioned to be a synergy between new and old elements, communicating its original history.
Naturally, there will be comfortable offices and workshops which can be adjusted to accommodate a range of big or small businesses. The spaces are envisioned so that different disciplines will feel at home – and through each other also encounter the unexpected.
In a synergy of new and old elements we are creating something new which can communicate history. The building will reveal this history only gradually and over time. In order to truly know Pittlerwerke, one visit will not be enough.