07.06.2017 - The new company headquarters of Continental consolidates all the facilities formerly spread across the city in one location, simultaneously marking the eastern approach to Hanover, the capital of Lower Saxony. The site, which is organised into a northern and a southern construction segment, encompasses a campus-like freestanding development, consisting of individual buildings connected to each other via bridges.
The central element of the design idea is the “Loop”, which symbolically embodies the power of communication and cooperation. As a space providing ubiquitous accessibility and interactions, the development can be experienced both from inside and from outside. It provides a wide array of spaces for meetings, conferences, cafeterias and informal workstations, and opens up scope for creativity and knowledge exchanges. The “Loop” is a dynamic spatial continuum, bringing all the staff together in a horizontal hierarchy and intermeshing the individual departments with each other.
In the words of Dr Elmar Degenhart, the Chairman of the Executive Board, “The design by the HENN office outstandingly architecturally symbolises and promotes Continental’s innovation and networking culture.”
The start of construction is scheduled for April 2018. The relocation of the staff is to be completed by 2021 within the framework of the company’s 150th jubilee.
19.05.2017 - The construction work for the new cultural and event center in Weikersheim in the Main-Tauber-Kreis started with the groundbreaking ceremony on Friday. For Weikersheim, the new house, with a concert hall for 650 visitors, is an ambitious project. In will host the Musikakademie Schloss Weikersheim in the future. The Tauberphilharmonie is also to be at the disposal of clubs, congresses, conventions and private festivities. It is to be finished by the end of 2018.
18.05.2017 - The largest building complex of the campus so far - the Cluster Produktionstechnik - was inaugurated as part of the Aachen machine tool colloquium. The campus already unites over 150 companies with up to 800 experts from science and industry in interdisciplinary work with industrial consortia.
18.05.2017 - The innovation building as a hybrid of the most diverse programmes: development, design, prototyping and production encounter open office worlds, showrooms and a canteen.
The architecture took up the themes of the structure and materials of the objects using modular wood components for the slender roof arrangement, which is visible through the glass facade. The effortlessness of the construction reflects the efficiency of this principle. The research and development areas, offices and bistro are located on defined levels along the transparent facade and are connected by galleries. The lightweight construction of the matte, reflective metal facade lends the assembly and dispatch area an industrial atmosphere. The high-quality material reflects the verdant surroundings and complements the warm wooden interior. The ground-breaking ceremony marks the continuation of the expansion of the production facilities of the family-run company, which was founded in 1977. The building creates an ideal environment with stylish workplaces and reflects the company’s sense of procedural and sustainable development.
26.04.2017 - In the southeast of Munich, surrounded by rushing traffic, the inspiring boarding house will help its inhabitants feel at home during their short-term stays. Communal and public facilities provide a base for two peaks, which will host about 600 apartments for various requirements.
31.03.2017 - The hospital complex of RWTH Aachen will be expanded with a new building, containing a central surgery area, including intensive care units and a new entrance hall. State-of-the-art surgery-structures and intensive care units make it the most important component of Aachen's healthcare provision. With their design on the area of the landmarked complex HENN and C.F. Møller could prevail against twelve other offices.
Today, Thursday, March 30th 2017, the new Research Center of the University of Stuttgart is handed over to its user, the ARENA2036. ARENA2036 stands for „Active Research Environment for the Next Generation of Automobiles“ and combines science, industry and middle class in a common research project, exploring the future of the Automobile. Not only the product but the production process as well will be reassessed: Product and machine communicate in real time, the Automobile - a robot that assembles itself.
27.02.2017 - Almost one-third of new buildings in Germany are built for industry and trade. However, industrial buildings seldom feature highly in architectural discussions. The symposium at the Technical University of Munich (TU Munich) is about to change this and raises the question of how the importance of these buildings can be reflected in their architecture. The present topicality of resource conservation, energy saving and sustainability should be taken as an opportunity to consider the “factory of the future” from an architectural perspective.
Under the title “Future Factory Design”, interdisciplinary experts will speak on 9 March 2017 about topics such as the “Coupling of production machines and building envelopes” and the possibilities in existing buildings. Speakers will include Rainer Sladek and Andreas Fuchs (HENN), Lukas Weder (Barkow Leibinger), Andreas Schneider (ETA Fabrik), Frank Kaltenbach (DETAIL) and Johann Wimmer (HAAS Fertigbau). The event will be held as part of Munich Creative Business Week in the University’s Vorhölzer Forum. TU Munich considers the forum to be “the social hub and the piano nobile of the Faculty for Architecture”.