The official opening of the new LHI headquarters in Pullach (near Munich) saw the completion of a new major project in close cooperation between the client, the architect, and the interior designers. The client’s decision to move the company premises, which were formerly situated in three buildings throughout the city center, to a green, idyllic slope near the high riverbanks of the Isar is rewarded by the satisfaction and feedback of the company employees. The building reflects the desire for a campus character in that all facilities such as the conference zone, canteen, and office areas are combined in a compact space with communication areas and green spaces.
Instead of a single voluminous building structure, the individual buildings blend with the environment and spread across six interconnecting building elements. Tradition, identification, and emotion play an important role and are implemented in the use of regional materials and the surrounding landscape.
The focal point of the building is the generously dimensioned lobby in the style of a Greek agora, which is simultaneously a meeting place, lounge, and event area. Visitors are welcomed not by a classical reception desk but by a communicative meet-and-greet area with a reception brand wall.
An impressive staircase leads from the entrance lobby on the ground floor into the hall. The natural change of elevation turns the actual “basement” into a courtyard with direct access to the green spaces and accommodates the different conference areas. The nearby River Isar is reflected by a water feature, emphasizing the natural concept. The spatial and acoustic separation of the meeting areas is supported by footbridges across the interior pool. The hall culminates in a two-story, daylight-flooded canteen. A sculptural spiral staircase leads to a more intimate gallery with guest areas in which more discreet meetings can be hosted separately.
Client: LHI Leasing GmbH, München
Date of Completion: 2010
Landau + Kindelbacher Architects Interior Designers