Following the locations in the Maximilianhöfen in Munich and in the Dreischeibenhaus in Düsseldorf, a high-quality office design has been implemented for an internationally active law firm in Hamburg in a prime location on the Outer Alster in the listed former Gruner + Jahr publishing house. The five floors contain a generously sized client area with reception and conference zone as well as office spaces, back-office, library and the in-house gastronomy. The striking 1970s building, now historically listed, is built in terrace form, so that the floors are allocated generously dimensioned external areas.
The office design combines the timeless corporate identity of the firm with the specialities of the location and the requirements placed on a modern working environment. The classical office areas offer differentiated workplaces – from single office to open space. The use of floor-to-ceiling glass partitions provides a maximum of transparency, both within the office areas and in the building cross-section. Internal stairs connect the different floors and enable short distances and informal communication spaces.
A two-storey open space connects the generously sized reception area with the adjacent conference zones. At the centre of the area is a sculpturally shaped spiral staircase that appears to develop out of the reception desk. Different room sizes and a multifunctional area enable the optimal use of the rooms, which are equipped with high-quality conference technology. The conference zones also includes the in-house canteen, which like the conference zones offers a fantastic view of the Outer Alster. Highlights are the generously sized roof terraces on the different floors, which enable an uncluttered view from all levels thanks to their stepped construction.
The dark wood areas correspond with the curved reception desk made of white Corian. The necessary storage shelves and the cloakroom are concealed behind wall installations covered with flattering textiles. In addition to the acoustic ceilings, a high-quality dark carpet provides the necessary noise protection in the office and conference areas. A discreet furniture system in white, light-grey and black ensures the necessary flexibility. Black anodised frames for the glass partitions and the doors structure the areas and ensure a maximum utilisation of the daylight. A restrained range of colours between grey and brown characterise the canteen.
The necessary technology and lighting were apparently integrated invisibly in the furnishings, which were specially designed for the room. Verner Panton’s original entrance hall for the building, which was originally planned as a hotel and changed into an office building shortly before its opening, has been adapted to today’s requirements and developed with great sensitivity.
Client: an internationally active law firm
Task: reception, conference zones, workplaces / communication zones, library, canteen and fire protection renovation
Area: ca. 5000 m2 on five levels
Date of Completion: 2017
Landau + Kindelbacher Architects Interior Designers