Cologne Office

Design stanke interiordesign
Location Cologne, Germany
6.4
Flexibility
6.4
Communication
6.4
Collaboration
5.6
Concentration
6.3
Wellbeing
/10
A spacious new home for 500 employees in the city of Cologne: Warm colors and materials counterbalance a rather sober glass-and-steel architecture to create a welcoming contemporary atmosphere.

Promoting communication

A young creative company was looking for a new home in Cologne’s ‘Schanzenviertel’, a former industrial quarter now popular with start-ups. A building previously used for TV productions offered an area of ​​6,000 square meters – 500 workplaces were created here on a total of five floors. After analyzing the workflow patterns within their client’s company, stanke interiordesign developed an open floorplandefined by easily adjustable, multi-purpose areas to serve a variety of tasks and team constellations. Special focus was placed on promoting communication. Each section of the office is equipped with a spatial structure for informal meetings; a lounge corner with comfortable sofas further encourages conversations between colleagues. Some of the walls can be moved along metal rails, serving as whiteboards and acoustic elements, while other sections can be separated by curtains.

A welcoming atmosphere

Warm colors and sensuous materials were used to counterbalance the rather industrial charm of the building with its many concrete, glass and steel surfaces. The color and material scheme remains consistent throughout the space, creating a welcoming atmosphere for both employees and visitors. The desks were made specifically for the client and reflect much of its start-up character, while some of the lighting elements take on an almost sculptural character.

Details
Client-
CityCologne
CountryGermany
Architectsstanke interiordesign
Completion-
SectorConstruction industry
Project typeModification/conversion
Gross floor area m26,000
Number of employees500
Solutions
LightingPlanlicht, Nimbus, Wever & Ducré, Next, Byoc
FlooringObject Carpet, Kinnasand
AcousticsCabs Design
Workspace FurnitureProvided by the client
Conference FurnitureVitra, Hay, Muuto
Lounge FurnitureVitra, Hay, Muutro, Softline
GreeneryFreund
TechnologyProvided by the client
GastronomyHörstke Großkücheneinrichtungen GmbH

Jury

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christine Kohlert
Managing Director RBSGROUP
Prof. Dr. Alexander Gutzmer
Editor-in-Chief, architecture magazine Baumeister
Stefan Rief
Head of Organisational Development and Work Design Research Unit, Fraunhofer IAO
Peter Schäfer
Senior Designer, Gensler
Prof. Hermann Schnell
CEO, Colliers International Deutschland GmbH
Prof. Rudolf Schricker
Interior Architect, Professor at Coburg University
Bernd Wagner
CEO, USM U. Schärer Söhne GmbH
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