Pictures: German giant’s trapezoidal office block

Large German firm Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) has picked up first prize for a corporate centre next to a major stadium in Aachen.

The headquarters for the Trianel municipal utilities network is to be built in two phases from 2013, the first of which comprises 9,600m2 of gross floor area and will accommodate 400 members of staff.

A second optional phase will extended the complex by 4,800m2 to accommodate a further 200 employees.

With its tranquil trapeze-shaped structure, the four-storey building acts as a counterpoint to the dominating stadium and the varied architectural styles of the neighbourhood.

Generously-glazed facades open up views into the park to the south of the building. The white horizontal solar screening slats made of aluminium profiles create a calm overall appearance, which has a harmonizing effect on the surroundings.

The design idea for the new main building mirrors the network structure of the company itself. While the ground floor –  with its cafés, auditorium and library – contains mainly public functions, the storeys above house flexibly divisible office areas.

These are grouped around a central atrium which allows views across several levels and even into other offices through the glazed walls. This creates a visual and practical connection between employees, as several staircases and bridges ensure that the links between departments are short.

The project is set to achieve a silver DGNB certificate – the second highest rating in Germany’s green building system.

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