Launch Slideshow

ThyssenKrupp Quarter, Essen Germany

ThyssenKrupp Quarter, Essen Germany

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    Lukas Roth

    Five hundred employees out of the more than 2,000 employees will have their new workplace in the Q1 Headquarter building, the cube-shaped, 50-meter-high centerpiece of the campus. The stairwell shafts are clearly legible across all floors. The edges of the reflecting pool are fitted with almost one kilometer of LED strips.
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    Building Q2—the Forum—caters for meetings and project work, a true hub for communication. Its perforated steel façade allows a glimpse of the restaurant and the boardroom (top floor) as well as the meeting spaces (first floor). The fully glazed ground floor houses the staff canteen and cafeteria. Exterior pole lights bring glare-free, local light to the main routes across the campus.
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    Outside the Headquarter building, the underside of the canopy is fitted with high-power LEDs concealed behind irregularly placed narrow gaps.
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    Extending over 11 floors of the Headquarter building, the atrium expresses the company’s innovation-based corporate culture through modern ambience. Spots under the glass ceiling provide crisp directional illumination on the ground level despite the height of the space. Like in a picture frame, the grand view of the campus park is seen through the 28 by 26 meter panorama window.
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    Three hundred meters of linear LEDs are integrated into the handrails of the atrium bridges. A façade access gondola makes maintenance possible for the downlights above the atrium.
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    Graze-lit titanium-colored wall cladding forms the backdrop of the ground floor staff canteen and cafeteria in the Q2 building. Custom steel and glass pendants are centered over the tables.
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    In the Q2 building, the “Casino” restaurant is used exclusively by the executive staff and their guests. Custom-made circular pendant lights provide direct lighting on the dining tables and indirect light towards the ceiling, complemented by a cove along the full length of the room.
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    Both diffuse and direct light is produced in the custom LED ceiling light of the boardroom. The light levels suffice for video conferencing. Thirty-six panels of one square meter follow the rectangular arrangement of the meeting table.
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    The Forum conference room seats up to 1,000 people. Fluorescent and halogen components are on separate dimming circuits to adapt to the various functions of the space.
 

The corporate headquarters for materials and technology group ThyssenKrupp, best known for its steel technology and escalators, is home to 2,000 employees. Located in the “Krupp Belt,” the new campus of four buildings and a parking garage is centered around a linear reflecting pool, which is edge lit with LED strip fixtures.

The architecture of the Q1 headquarters and Q2 Forum make use of glass as well as a metal vocabulary varying in degrees from perforated to solid. Natural and electric light complements the well-defined material palette and helps soften the massive scale of this corporate campus whose contemporary architecture relays the company's innovation-based thinking.

The 14-story cube-shaped Q1 building, the centerpiece of the campus, contains offices for 500 people. An atrium overlooks 11 of the floors. An LED handrail accents the atrium bridges. Spot luminaires in the atrium's glass ceiling provide crisp directional light to the ground floor despite the 50-meter height (approximately 164 feet) of the space. A façade-access gondola allows for maintenance.

The Q2 Forum building includes the staff cafeteria, main boardroom, executive restaurant, and a number of large meeting areas. All of the spaces have a high-end feel. Even where custom lighting solutions were used, energy efficiency and quality of illumination is not abandoned in designing a state-of-the-art workplace.

Jury Comments: Each space is made to feel unique, yet still connected to the overall project. • Comprehensive. • The consistency of light quality and attention to detail is spectacular given the scale of the project.