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3M EMEA, Langenthal, Switzerland
Marazzi + Paul Architects, Zurich
3M EMEA. The company set up its European headquarters in an easily accessible location at Langenthal train station, Canton Berne, based on plans by Marazzi + Paul Architects. The globally active US Group is best known for its adhesive product brands “Post-it” and “Scotch”. 350 attractive new workspaces were created in an open-plan office layout. Around the world, 3M represents pioneering working and communication models.
The structural design also had to meet this requirement and was implemented by means of a transparent and communicative room concept. 3M’s new working and communication methods are supported by the appropriate office layouts. Informal meetings and discussions can be held anywhere. Shared offices are a kind of hybrid between a two-person office and a small meeting room. The room concept, colour selection and interior design reflect the philosophy and corporate identity of 3M.
Kreisel Electric, Rainbach im Mühlkreis, Austria
Andreas Schaufler, Planungsbüro Schaufler, Pregarten
Kreisel Electric. The new company headquarters of Kreisel Electric were planned to be a high-tech research and development centre. The company’s core competency lies in the area of electronic energy storage solutions. The new building therefore sets a visual benchmark and nestles in the landscape with clear, geometric shapes. It is also geared to the company’s internal work processes in terms of spatial organization: The aim is to drive forward research and development in battery manufacturing efficiently, with short communication lines, and to accelerate prototype construction for electromobility design. The building was also intended to be a comfortable place for employees. No hierarchies are apparent in the workplace, and there are plenty of areas for informal discussions. One outstanding feature is the holistic room concept, with which the Girsberger furniture was also aligned.
Mann + Hummel, Ludwigsburg, Germany
KBK Architekten Belz/Lutz, Stuttgart
Mann + Hummel. The international filtration specialist Mann+Hummel opened a new technology centre at its head office in Ludwigsburg, which will serve as an innovation centre. The 24,000 square metre space accommodates around 450 workstations, research and laboratory facilities, as well as a new company museum. With its striking main façade, the curved administrative building occupies the gateway to the city of Ludwigsburg. Centralized functions such as the reception, museum, bistro and conference area will also create a business forum for receptions, celebrations and day-to-day exchanges of information. The adjacent testing centre has space for around 100 test stations, where the filter systems will undergo the most stringent tests.
Ben Kraan Arcitecten BNI, Bodegraven
Rabobank Helmond. The renovation of Rabobank Helmond was accompanied by an update of the service and furnishing concept. The purpose of the modernisation was not just to make the employees’ workstations more contemporary. Another overriding goal was to create a cosier, homelier impression in the entrance area as a way of greeting customers in a more informal atmosphere. The project was carried out in warm shades with a mixed approach to furnishings to accommodate different conversation situations.
Eurofins Agroscience Services,
Christine Krautwasser, Gruppe Blau, Stuttgart
Eurofins Agroscience Services, Niefern. A new building was constructed alongside the existing complex at the German location of Eurofins Scientific. The company – an internationally leading laboratory group offering analysis and services for the pharmaceuticals, food, environmental-protection and consumer goods industries – decorated the ground-floor reception and bistro area with furniture by Girsberger.
A special feature is the self-service canteen for employees who wish to cook for themselves during the lunch break. The furnishings themselves accommodate this spirit of collegial cooperation and the wide variety of dining situations. There are single tables with chairs for different group sizes, benches for large groups as well as solutions along the wall for those who might not be interested in communication at the moment.
The project attached particular importance to high-quality appearance and durability. With this in mind, the decision was made for furniture of solid wood, stainless steel and imitation leather. The colour scheme was based on the corporate colours of orange and blue. The natural oak supports the warm components and creates a sufficient counterpoint to the materiality of the building of concrete, steel and glass.
Federal Constitutional Court, Karlsruhe, Germany
Paul Baumgarten, Berlin
Federal Constitutional Court, Karlsruhe, Germany. The listed building occupied by the Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe was comprehensively renovated and refurbished from 2011 to 2014. Inside, the sanitary installations were renovated, and new radiators, floor coverings and furniture were installed. The original building complex, inaugurated on 6 May 1969, was designed by Berlin architect Paul Baumgarten. Today the façade of the building appears unchanged, and the foyer with its groups of chairs also retains its original character and the architect's signature style.
Adesso AG, Dortmund,
KSP - Kemper Steiner & Partner GmbH, Bochum
Adesso AG, Dortmund, Germany. Create a mix of office, living space and bistro – this was the goal of IT specialist Adesso when designing its new company headquarters in Dortmund. The result is premises that convey an unmistakable identity and the company's
philosophy – agility, creativity and innovation. While the ground floor is designed as a communication zone, the four office storeys put the latest knowledge regarding modern workplace research into practice. The open-plan rooms offer flexible structures that
support a range of work processes and enable new teams to be built in an uncomplicated manner. Employees create their own individual workplaces – either open and communicative or shielded and quiet – depending on their needs.
Hahn+Kolb, Ludwigsburg, Germany
SHA Sigrid Hintersteininger Architects, Stuttgart
Hahn+Kolb, Ludwigsburg, Germany. In September 2013, Hahn+Kolb celebrated the official opening of its new head office in Ludwigsburg, Germany. This marked the start of a new chapter for the international provider of tools and systems, which had been based in Stuttgart for 115 years. The modern sales and logistics centre reflects the high quality standards of Hahn+Kolb: glass façades as high as a house, skylights and an atrium at the heart of the building ensure well-lit workplaces and natural ventilation on all floors, creating ideal working conditions for employees.
Sparkasse Spree-Neisse, Cottbus, Germany
Zimmermann + Partner Architekten BDA, Cottbus
Sparkasse Spree-Neiße, Cottbus, Germany. The Sparkasse bank in Spree-Neiße has been in existence for over 180 years and today is one of the largest Sparkasse banks in the federal state of Brandenburg. To enable all departments to be merged under one roof, the institute expanded its main branch in Cottbus city centre. The new building's modern architecture is harmoniously integrated into the historical structure of the neighbouring houses. In keeping with the Sparkasse's high quality requirements, the interior design is modest and distinguished, yet draws on state-of-the-art technology.
Josef Manner & Comp. AG, Vienna, Austria
Markus Spiegelfeld, Vienna
Josef Manner & Comp. AG, Vienna, Austria. Established in 1890, Josef Manner & Comp. AG specializes in wafers, dragees and marshmallows. It is the number 1 in the Austrian wafer snack market and number 3 in the Austrian sweets market overall. In 2013 the traditional Austrian company had several reasons for celebration: the 115th anniversary of Manner wafers, the centenary of Manner AG and the inauguration of its new office building. The construction of the new office building is part of the company's investment drive at its production location in Vienna Hernals, in which a total of EUR 40 million is being spent on renovating and extending the site. In the next phase the production areas will be expanded and a new logistics centre installed. The new building, in Manner's distinctive shade of pink, provides space for around 100 employees who can enjoy a new workplace that perfectly combines the traditional and the modern. Manner will continue to produce exclusively in Austria in the future, and is setting a forward-looking trend in urban development with this expansion.
Gabriele Liebl, Josef Manner & Comp. AG
ISDB Logistik GmbH, Friedrichshafen,
DITTEL ARCHITEKTEN GmbH, Stuttgart
ISDB Logistik GmbH, Friedrichshafen, Germany. Every growing company needs space for new ideas. That's why, on the company's tenth anniversary in 2011, construction work began on a new, modern office building.
“The logistics company is located in Friedrichshafen by beautiful Lake Constance and is noted for its dynamism, clarity, energy and vision. The exterior architecture and interior design were created with this profile in mind by Dittel architects. We particularly value clear lines and high-quality workmanship. Take, for instance, the high-end furnishings in our open workspace area, consisting of functional pieces designed by the architect and Girsberger office chairs. We are pleased to confirm our satisfaction with Girsberger's design and quality."
Marijana Buspanovic, Management, ISDB Logistik GmbH
Crédit Coopératif, Nanterre, France
Crédit Coopératif, Nanterre, France. In 2007, French Bank "Crédit Coopératif" decided to completely renovate its headquarters in Nanterre. The 850 employees were able to move into the 21,000m2 , 13-floor high rise (including two basement floors) in autumn 2012. Now conforming to the HQE standard, the building offers all of Crédit Coopératif's employees a high-quality working environment.
de la Propriété Industrielle,
Bidard & Raissi, Paris
Institut National de la Propriété Industrielle, Courbevoie, France. The "Institut National de la Propriété Industrielle" decided to bring together its workforce, which had previously been distributed across three different sites (Paris 8eme and Nanterre), at one single site in Courbevoie. The 600 employees and various reception areas for the public were installed in an unusual building which married traditional and modern style in its half-timbered construction made from wood with glass fronting. In the heart of the building is an atrium housing beautiful plants, giving the construction a positive energy balance.
eBay, Europarc Dreilinden, Germany
Tsunami-Axis, London, England
eBay, Europarc Dreilinden, Germany. The Internet platform provider eBay knows the importance of informal meeting zones in offices. It is difficult to develop spontaneous ideas if people have to move to an official meeting room for a more in-depth discussion. To promote communication between employees in Europarc Dreilinden, Sway standing stools at various locations provide an opportunity for a brief meeting. In addition, the company's employees are using Sway at their new height-adjustable desks.
OZ, Antwerp, Belgium
Crossover Design Studio Pinkeye, Antwerp
OZ, Antwerp, Belgium. In Antwerp, Pinkeye’s bright design for the newest flagship service centre of OZ, an independent health insurance and health promotion company operating across Flanders, serves more than one purpose. The establishment offers a range of health and lifestyle services, which are divided into four zones that reflect the company’s four divisions: health, travel, vitality and comfort. To aid navigation, each area is marked by a different colour: red, turquoise, blue and green, respectively.
Grand Council Chamber, Chur, Switzerland
Rudolf Fontana & Partner AG, Domat/Ems
Grand Council Chamber, Chur, Switzerland. The arsenal building in Chur, completed in 1863, currently houses the Grand Council and the municipal theatre. In summer 2012 the historic Council Chamber underwent a comprehensive renovation and was equipped with state-of-the-art technology. The main attraction and centrepiece of the hall is a large-format wall painting by Alois Carigiet dating from 1958-1960, which covers the entire width of the room and whose impact is accentuated by the restrained new furnishings.
Ernst & Young, Paris, France
Ernst & Young, Paris, France. Rising to 225 metres, the Tour First skyscraper in the Parisian business district of La Défense is the tallest building in France. Accountancy firm Ernst & Young has leased 17 of its 50 floors. Covering 37,000 square metres, the state-of-the-art offices feature plenty of glass, organic forms, radiant colours and, of course, a breathtaking view over the city of Paris.
Alstom Transport, Paris,
AOS Studley, Paris
Alstom Transport, Paris, France. With the completion of the new ATagora campus in the Parisian suburb of Saint-Ouen in 2009, Alstom Transport was able to bring together all its employees from the Paris metropolitan area in one single location. The office complex consists of three different buildings totalling 60,000 square metres and providing 2,500 work places.
ARKADE ZT GmbH,
Gemeindeamt Julbach, Austria. A perfect symbiosis of tradition and modernity emerged in the middle of the idyllic Julbach, a community of 1600 inhabitants located in the northernmost part of Upper Austria. The new municipal office, together with the church nearby form the centre of the village. The newly constructed building is used in addition to official business for events and weddings.
Callens & EMK, Waregem, Belgium
Goedefroo & Goedefroo, Wielsbeke
Callens & EMK, Waregem, Belgium. Callens & EMK, a Belgian family company founded in 1967, is a multidisciplinary partner for thermal industrial processes. Next to the highway E17 appears the office and production building of the company Callens & EMK. The highway stands for movement, speed, noise but also makes us think about the power of image for a company. The challenge for the architect was combining the movement of the highway with the static environment of a building. The building gives protection, privacy and cosiness to its users. At the same time the view of the building changes for the passers-by on the highway. The skin of the building, made of stainless steel, opens as they were gills to provide the users with oxygen. The offices are separated in two parallel zones; a narrow zone next to the production unit for the individual offices, patios and technical space and a wider zone for the landscaped office.
Sparkasse Memmingen-Lindau-Mindelheim, Memmingen, Germany
Auer + Weber + Assoziierte, Stuttgart / Munich
Sparkasse Memmingen-Lindau-Mindelheim, Memmingen, Germany
Auer + Weber + Assoziierte, Stuttgart / Munich
Congena GmbH, Munich
BBM Büroorganisation Bucher Memmingen, Memmingen
Reflex, Sway, Passage
karl huber fotodesign, Nagold Roland Halbe Architekturfotografie, Stuttgart
Energy saving bank – thanks to efficient building engineering After being partially knocked down and rebuilt, the main Sparkasse branch in Memmingen now meets the latest standards. Its simple, clearly structured facade in pale natural stone has a light and pleasant look, with large panes of glass in the foyer that provide a welcoming environment for customers. The reasons for rebuilding the bank were to make it more energy efficient and to ensure a better use of space. Thomas Munding, Chairman of the Board, explains: "Our aim in the rebuilding process was to reflect Sparkasse's needs as a forward-thinking, modern bank." The main focus was on flexible and economical use of space.
UWS, Ulm, Germany
Berthold Braunger, Marcus Wörtz, Kerstin Jucker
Ulmer Wohnungs- und Siedlungs-Gesellschaft mbH, Ulm, Germany. As a communal housing company in the city of Ulm, UWS has been ensuring that people have access to safe, affordable housing for decades now. Trends in society have been taken on board and new, contemporary forms of living designed to suit people's expectations and needs have been developed. As part of this change, a new service centre has been built in the Neue Strasse in Ulm's city centre. The architecture is a blend of clean lines and a modest, dark colour. The interior of the cutting-edge building is open and customer focused, providing a spacious, appropriate setting for UWS to provide its high-quality housing services to customers. ...the simple, elegant design of the various chairs ideally complements the overall concept of our new building... our employees and customers are equally delighted.
Impressive office design of an international company in Freiburg, Germany
Herzog Wolz, Offenburg
Hetzel + Ortholf, Freiburg
ETDE, Paris, France
Hubert Godet, Courbevoie
ETDE (Entreprise de Transport et de Distribution d’Electricité), Paris, France. ETDE was established in 1929. Today, as a subsidiary of Bouygues Construction, it is one of Europe's largest energy suppliers. The company develops, installs, maintains and operates technical infrastructures, as well as offering a wide range of tailored services. ETDE moved into the distinctive "Australia" building in Montigny-le-Bretonneux near Paris in December 2010. The building has a metallic mesh facade and houses a total of 652 workplaces.
DHBW, Stuttgart, Germany
Büro Ambiente Ges. für Büroeinrichtung mbH, Stuttgart
DHBW, Stuttgart, Germany. When the former University of Cooperative Education in Stuttgart became the DHBW (Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University), a Centre for Empirical Research was established at the Economics faculty. The centre forms part of CASE (Centre of Applied Sciences) at the Economics faculty of DHBW Stuttgart. The aim of the research centre is to improve teaching and support for students in empirical and instrument-based research projects, for instance in project work or for bachelor theses. In addition, the centre designs and implements student research projects in collaboration with professors at the university, which are then integrated into specific lectures. The Centre for Empirical Research also carries out and supports cooperative research products with companies, cooperative partners and associations. This type of applied research is a driving force behind collaboration between the university and companies and creates collective learning processes, says Yvonne Zajontz, Head of the Centre for Empirical Research.
Villa Voka, Kortrijk, Belgium
Bureau Godderis Architecten (Kortrijk), Office Kersten Geers David Van Severen (Brussels)
Voka - Flanders’ Chamber of Commerce and Industry. There are eight Voka Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Flanders. Together with the Voka Flemish Employers Association, they form the Voka Alliance, which is the largest Flemish network of enterprises. This alliance unites over 16,000 companies from all sectors of the Flemish economy. The Chamber of Commerce and Industry has now brought its various departments together under one roof at the Villa Voka in Kortrijk, Belgium. 70 employees occupy offices with a floor space of around 3,000 m². The new concrete-framed building features large expanses of glass in aluminium profiles. This elegant combination gives rise to an almost transparent building with a clear design logic. From outside, the observer can see right through the entire structure. On the south side of the building, sunlight is intelligently filtered by steel grid work that envelops the construction like delicate tulle – a harmonious union of transparency and fragility.
Mars Drinks, Verden,
Seel Bobsin Partner, Hamburg
Mars Drinks, Verden, Germany. Mars Drinks, a subsidiary of the Mars Inc. group of companies, produces and sells the Flavia and Klix drinks dispensers. The German subsidiary is located in Verden near Bremen. The austere appearance of the functional building is in sharp contract to the conspicuous interior design of the offices: Bright blue walls and large red lampshades dominate the entrance. Through lamellar partition walls made of wood, one sees a multifunctional lounge where space-filling floor lamps are combined with groups of tables and benches. Here too, the colour of the furniture is a strong red. Even a fire extinguisher appears to be a deliberately planned detail. Strong colours also predominate in the conference rooms, along with nature photos from different countries, which run traverse-wise across the whole length of the walls. The swivel and conference chairs by Girsberger are perfect for these conspicuous surroundings – precisely because of their unobtrusiveness and simple elegance.
HDI Gerling, Köln, Germany
HPP Hentrich Petschnigg + Partner, Köln
HDI Gerling, Köln, Germany. In September 2009, it took the HDI-Gerling Life Insurance Group only four days to relocate approximately 2,100 workplaces to the Rheinpark-Metropole in Cologne-Deutz. Another 750 employees of investment company AmpegaGerling and the HDI-Gerling Property Insurance Group followed shortly afterwards. The move marked the end of the HDI-Gerling Life Group's locational reorganization which began in the year 2007 with the merger of life insurance companies HDI, Gerling and Aspecta in Cologne. The Rheinpark-Metropole, with a floor space of 162,000 square metres is the largest office building in Germany. It was built between 2005 and 2009 within the listed outer walls of the former exhibition halls in Cologne. The offices offer a unique mixture of tradition and progress at one of Cologne's prime locations. The area leased by HDI-Gerling in the southern half of the complex encompasses approximately 68,000 square metres. RTL, a leading entertainment network, is the second largest tenant after HDI-Gerling.
Columbia Twins, Hamburg, Germany
Carsten Roth, Hamburg
Columbia Twins, Columbia Shipmanagement (Deutschland) GmbH, Hamburg, Germany. At the end of 2009, the "Columbia Twins" – two eight-storey office towers – of the shipping company Columbia Shipmanagement (Deutschland) GmbH were completed. The height of the new buildings harmonizes with the old warehouses in the vicinity and closes the last gap in the row of buildings along the Altona harbour front. The high quality of the building and its copper-coloured façade of stainless steel do justice to the exclusive location. The new offices offer the company's staff a breathtaking view of the harbour and the ships, the objects of their daily work. The office swivel chairs and cantilever chairs supplied by Girsberger provide the necessary sitting comfort.
Biketec, Huttwil, Switzerland
Forum A, Herzogenbuchsee
Biketec, Huttwil, Switzerland. The electric bike "Flyer", manufactured by the company Biketec, meets today's demand for environment-friendly mobility. Sustainability was also a major topic in the necessary renovation of the company’s new office and factory facilities. The new building fulfils the specifications of the Swiss MINERGIE® standard, relying on a high quality of building materials, equipment and furnishings. Girsberger supplied the chairs, complying at the same time with certain individual requirements. Kurt Schär, managing director of Biketec says: "I was surprised how flexible Girsberger was in helping us to meet our special colour specifications."
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