Multispace structure

Design sbp – Seel Bobsin
Location Hamburg, Germany
The aim of the redesign of this workplace was to upgrade it with creative and project work spaces to enable new ways of working.

Upgrading the workplace

“Biophilic working in Bahrenfeld” – this is how the company Euler Hermes describes the new working environment concept it implemented in a Hamburg district in 2020. The credit insurer took care of its 1,100 employees, whose workspaces it sought to enhance with creative and project workspaces on 1,200 square metres. The management had also previously said goodbye to the typical executive offices and opted for an advanced open-space scenario. Now everyone sits at one big table – without fixed seats.

In the middle of the team

Even within the departments, the managers are now placed in the middle of the teams. The six-storey new building complex, which was designed with the environment in mind, has a light architecture with its all-round window front and two large inner courtyards, thus avoiding zones inside the floors that are distant from the daylight. The interior designers positioned “emotional spaces for new ideas” at appropriate points.

Co-design possible

Determined by an open, bright and communicative atmosphere – as well as on the basis of flat hierarchies and modern digitalisation – a multi-space structure was created that supports networked work processes and cross-departmental project teams compared to traditional office departments – mobile work made possible by a wireless infrastructure.

The employees were able to participate in the design process: Each team developed ideas for their own home base, for work areas as well as the design and furnishing of the glass meeting rooms, called “bubbles”. The supporting planners also set up identity-creating and varied special areas as well as additional work possibilities.

Breaks and compensation

To counteract stress and lack of concentration, biophilic colours, shapes, structures and large-scale graphics are used in a balanced way, as well as lush green plants. The all-day stay, typical of a living space, is supported by offers that not only cater to the employees during breaks, at lunchtime or in the evening, but also accommodate them.

Lounges assigned to the project areas with free refreshment and refreshment through coffee, tea or water, a cafeteria with its own barista, a restaurant and terrace areas provide for relaxation or gastronomy on the one hand, but also for internal communication and spontaneous creative impulses on the other.

"We have made the new corporate culture visible in the biophilic Euler Hermes Campus. The result is a diverse place of communication where employees want to work together and not just have to. "
— Gunnar Seel, Kim Marc Bobsin

What do you consider to be the essential qualities of a good workplace?

Kim Marc Bobsin: The essential quality of a workplace is not created by the furnishing of the individual workplace, but by embedding it in a varied working environment that is characterised by a high degree of flexibility. A varied and diverse landscape of functional modules that respond to my way of working and emotionally pick me up through their individual design.

Which functional aspects are the most important for you in the future development of workspaces?

Successful concepts include a variety of different places that respond to the most diverse forms of communication and work. The more open and flexible the spaces become, the more concentration possibilities are needed. In addition, team- and group-oriented spaces in different scales are needed to respond to agile ways of working. Due to hybrid work, the topic of exchange at the office location will be a top priority in the future. Accordingly, due to the increasing time and location flexibility, the headquarters will become even more of a communication hub or even a breeding ground for new ideas and developments in the future.

Which material-related aspects do you consider to be the most important for the future development of workspaces?

The choice of materials in office planning is becoming increasingly diverse. Not least due to the co-working trend, many other areas of life are finding their way into office space planning and provide new design possibilities through the use of diverse material worlds. However, the topic of acoustics remains formative and should continue to be taken into account when selecting large-area materials. In future, materials will be selected even more with regard to their sustainability and environmental compatibility. Criteria such as raw materials, emissions, regional sources of supply and procurement logistics as well as social components are becoming increasingly important.

ClientEuler Hermes Quartier
ArchitectsSeel Bobsin Partner
CompletionJanuary 2020
Project typeNew building
Gross floor area m231.500
Number of employees1.050
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