The fact that electric bicycles are parked in front of the large-scale mixed-use property called “Centro Tesoro”, which is situated in a commercial area of Munich-Riem, fits the concept. On the one hand, this is thanks to one of the many tenant companies that have moved into the 24,000-square-metre commercial and specialist retail centre; on the other hand, it is in line with the environmentally conscious refurbishment and utilisation principle of the two building sections from the 1980s and 1990s, which now economically and ecologically meet the latest standards.
A significant advantage of the project was the bundling of building volumes and logistical advantages, which generated a versatile range of space and rooms. Thus it was possible to let the complex, which has now been functionally and formally joined together through renovation and expansion measures, to a wide variety of users. The offer: modern offices, sales areas for wholesalers, optimised delivery and loading zones, an underground car park and a restaurant area with outdoor seating.
For a long time now, companies interested in rentable real estate have not only been concerned with pure profitability or representative external appearance – decision-makers, employees and customers have an increased awareness of energy efficiency and sustainability, and appreciate climate-conscious architecture. The “Centro Tesoro” convinced in this respect with several qualities: on the one hand, the decision was made for revitalisation instead of demolition and for the use of recycled building materials for the structural addition – the large commercial hall was extended.
Compared to a completely new building, the costs were reduced by almost two thirds through the refurbishment and amounted to less than 400 euros per square metre. In addition, the project developers installed an efficient energy concept with a tenant electricity model, a mobility concept with bike sharing and e-charging stations as well as a sustainable waste management system in which five underfloor containers collect the separated waste, save valuable space above ground and avoid odour nuisance. “Green building instead of green washing” was the motto. This principle is also followed by the energy concept, which included new insulation of the building shell, investment in a new gas condensing boiler and the installation of Munich’s largest rooftop photovoltaic system with 10,000 square metres – for green and cost-effective direct electricity.
What do you consider to be the main qualities of a good workplace?
Michael Schwaiger: A good workplace must promote creative processes and be able to raise the innovation potential of the employees as a whole. To achieve this, work environments must move away from linear, hierarchical structures in the direction of a space of possibility. One prerequisite is that workspaces allow for chance encounters and thus promote communication across departmental boundaries. Furthermore, a good workplace must be able to adapt flexibly to changing needs and uses. If both are given, workspaces can stimulate empathy, creativity and inventiveness.
Do you see any comparability in the design of spaces for living and for working?
Yes, definitely. Today, an office must be able to offer a whole range of different spatial scenarios – comparable to the different types of rooms in a flat – that create a wide variety of work opportunities. The focus is shifting more and more from personalised workplaces to situational work possibilities. In addition to spatially fixed workplaces, this includes flexibly usable zones for interdisciplinary work or for quiet work. The furniture also draws on elements from the living area, such as carpets, floor lamps or sofas. As a result, rooms are used more for relaxation and creative processes because employees really feel comfortable there.
Which functional aspects are decisive for you in the future development of workspaces?
In order for workspaces to help achieve the best possible work results and motivate employees, they must fulfil a hub function: Collaboration areas where employees come together and places of retreat for concentrated work will increasingly stand side by side in the future. In addition, more than ever, workspaces must offer spatial scenarios that can be flexibly adapted to different requirements. For agile concepts such as Scrum, flexible spaces are explicitly required that are also available spontaneously and can be easily rearranged. Rooms and furniture must be able to do this.
|Client||Schwaiger Group GmbH|
|Architects||Schwaiger Group GmbH|
|Project type||Modification / Reconstruction|
|Gross floor area m2||26.000|
|Number of employees||-|