Since May 2018 resides the Goethe-Institut Yangon in a colonial villa from the 1920s. After winning an architectural competition OLIVER GERHARTZ Architektur and TSSB architekten.ingenieure from Berlin were appointed for the renovation of the villa, construction of new buildings and design of the outdoor area. The architects, together with the office for technical services Heiman Engineers and GSE Engineers for structural engineering, also from Berlin, have been operating successfully for many years abroad.
The concept envisaged to retain the generous park-like site with its existing tall trees and with subtle additions and modifications to harmonize it with the space requirements of the Goethe-Institut.
The historical villa, a center piece of the site, was renovated in coordination with the local heritage authority and appears externally unaltered. It accommodated classrooms, part of the administration and gallery spaces.
Sideward from the villa, an elongated, two-storey bar is constructed to house the library and conference room. The building, like the other two newly-builts, is inspired be the traditional local architecture. This is in contrast with the colonial style of the much older historical villa without questioning its dominance.
Both buildings fulfill the highest standards of building services, earthquake stability (EUROCODE 8), fire protection, soundproofing and buildings physics.
A cafeteria with kitchen opposite the new building and a living quarters for a caretaker are the other two newly-builts. Both these buildings conform to high local building standards. The construction works, with the exception of the roofing, and the MEP works were carried out by local contractors.
Planning (LP 1-8):
OLIVER GERHARTZ Architektur und TSSB architekten.ingenieure, Berlin
KG 400: ca. 1.465.000 EUR
KG 300: ca. 3.250.000 EUR
KG 200 - 700: ca. 6.400.000 EUR
BGF Old building: ca. 1.000 m2
BGF New buildings: ca: 1.200 m2
Heimann Ingenieure GmbH, Berlin
GSE Ingenieur-Gesellschaft mbH Saar, Enseleit und Partner, Berlin