Siemens Munich Headquarters Building, German Design Contest, Bavaria HQ
Siemens Munich Headquarters, Germany : Bavarian HQ
Building Complex – design by Henning Larsen Architects
11 Jul 2011
Siemens Munich HQ
Henning Larsen Architects to design new headquarters for Siemens
With its highly innovative project, Henning Larsen Architects has won the international architectural competition for Siemens’ global headquarters in Munich, Germany. The building will cover 41,000 m2 and will be a spearhead project in sustainable design in an urban context, incorporating state-of-the-art technology produced by Siemens.
Extract from Siemens’ citation: “Henning Larsen’s winning design was selected for its comprehensive approach to sustainability – an approach that meets the highest standards for ecofriendliness and energy efficiency.”
The objective of the project is to exceed today’s standards for sustainable building, and the design is energy-efficient in itself. An example is the slightly sloping facades that take the daylight far into the building.
Since 1949, Siemens’ global headquarters has been situated in the centre of Munich, closely connected to the city. The winning project creates a number of new urban spaces and joins together the historic city centre and the modern museum quarter in Munich. Siemens’ new headquarters is an urban, recognisable composition of plazas, courtyards and alleys that will unfold a new, vibrant urban space in central Munich.
CEO Peter Löscher, Siemens, says in a press release: “We’re creating a future-oriented symbol of sustainability that will set the standard for advanced urban architecture and innovative, efficient building technology – for the benefit of our employees and the citizens of Munich.”
The new headquarters consists of six rectangular, rounded volumes attached to a central vertical structure that connects the entire building complex. This structure creates six varied courtyards engaging in close dialogue with the city – thus generating a new urban space to be explored.
Design Director Louis Becker, Henning Larsen Architects: “Walking from the old city to the museum, Pinakothek der Moderne, you will have the opportunity to stroll through the new Siemens headquarters and take a break in one of the evocative, varied courtyards. The building is a contribution to the public realm of Munich.”
The construction of the new headquarters is scheduled to begin in autumn 2012. The building is expected to be completed by the end of 2015 and to be ready for occupation in 2016.
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Siemens Munich Headquarters design : Henning Larsen Architects
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The twelve competing architectural practices
Allmann Sattler Wappner Architekten, Munich/Germany
Auer + Weber + Assoziierte, Munich/Germany
Baumschlager Eberle, Lochau/Austria
Henning Larsen Architects, Copenhagen/Denmark
Hopkins Architects, London/United Kingdom
Hascher Jehle Architektur, Berlin/Germany
Ingenhoven architects, Düsseldorf/Germany
JSWD Architekten, Cologne/Germany
Léon Wohlhage Wernik Architekten, Berlin/Germany
Rafael de la Hoz Arquitectos, Madrid/Spain
Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, Aarhus/Denmark
Schneider Schumacher, Frankfurt am Main/Germany
Siemens Headquarters Wittelsbacherplatz – existing building:
The existing structures on the large site bordered by Finkenstrasse, Oskar-von-Miller-Ring, Jägerstrasse and Kardinal-Döpfner-Strasse are to be largely replaced by new buildings. The recently renovated Ludwig Ferdinand Palace on Wittelsbacherplatz will remain. The new buildings will adopt the world’s highest standards for sustainability and will be equipped with innovative products from Siemens’ Environmental Portfolio, such as energy-efficient building technologies. With this project, Siemens will also contribute to the sustainable development of Munich’s inner city.
The building will offer around 1,200 employees a state-of-the-art work environment featuring open-plan offices, conference rooms and workspaces, an employee restaurant, and rooms for public events. The site will be accessible to the public and connect the city’s historic core with the neighboring museum district. An inner courtyard with garden, cafés, bistros and cultural offerings will attract visitors.
The 22-member jury will decide by the end of June 2011 which architectural design will be built. The jury includes Siemens Managing Board members Peter Löscher, Brigitte Ederer and Joe Kaeser, as well as Mayor Christian Ude, City Councilor for Urban Planning Elisabeth Merk, representatives of the city’s political factions and architectural experts.
In June 2010, Siemens announced its plan to redesign the company’s headquarters in Munich. The initial urban planning concept paper, which is the basis for the architectural competition tenders, was approved by the Munich City Council in December. Construction is expected to begin in the fall of 2012 and be completed by the end of 2015.
schmidt hammer lassen currently has two projects in Germany: The five star Schwabinger Tor Hotel in Munich and Hörsaalzentrum RWTH, an auditorium complex in Aachen.
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Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering, operating in the industry, energy and healthcare sectors. For over 160 years, Siemens has stood for technological excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality. The company is the world’s largest provider of environmental technologies, generating €28 billion – over one-third of its total revenue – from green products and solutions. In fiscal 2010, which ended on September 30, 2010, revenue totaled €76 billion and net income €4.1 billion. At the end of September 2010, Siemens had around 405,000 employees worldwide.
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