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HENN wins the competition for Xi’an Chan-Ba Free Trade Center

02.11.2017 – 

HENN wins the competition for an office and shopping complex in Xi’an, a city of four million inhabitants in the heart of China. The design envisages five buildings of differing heights, rotated at an angle of 45 degrees to the north-to-south axis. This reduces the wind loads from the predominantly easterly winds. It additionally enables an optimal exploitation of daylighting on all four sides of the buildings, whereby the staggering of the heights is a further design mechanism that likewise allows sufficient sunlight to enter all the interior parts of the building. At the lower levels the buildings are interconnected by means of open and closed circulation routes, creating a diversity of spatial experiences.

Communication Landscapes - an installation at Seoul Biennale 2017

23.10.2017 - On the occasion of this year’s Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism HENN presents, in partnership with Technische Universität Darmstadt, an interactive installation that explores the idea of Industry 4.0, digital craft and human/machine interfaces. 

It presents the positive aspects of the automation of production. New lean and clean production methods enable a departure from the centralized industrial model of the 20th century, creating smaller, decentralized production units that can better match today’s urban and social fabric. This represents, so to say, an analogy to the model of craftsmanship prevalent prior to the Industrial Revolution, whereby in this case production no longer resides with the artisan but with a machine. The premise of the model is that it enables the creativity of individual production to be distributed among the wider population rather than being concentrated in a single person. At the same time, Communication Landscapes visualizes the complex but far-reaching impact of such technologies on the construction industry – with all its economic and ecological consequences. Customized constructional parts lead to an optimized use of material and increase the physical efficiency of a building as a whole. Individual detail solutions manufactured on-site enable an efficient design process and increase precision.

The Seoul Biennale runs until November 1st 2017

Martin Henn, Giovanni Betti, Saqib Aziz, Stefano Arrighi (HENN)
Oliver Tessmann, Andrea Rossi (TU Darmstadt, Digital Design Unit)

ABB Germany
Thibault Schwartz (HAL robotics)

InnoChain Winter School 2017 – Public Sessions

28.09.2017 - HENN is hosting the InnoChain Winter School 2017 and we herewith cordially invite you all to join us for two days of presentations, discussions and an exhibition at our office in Berlin.

Public Sessions and Presentations
October 12 – 13
Doors open at 9 am

Exhibition Opening
October 13
3:30 pm

Alexanderstr. 7, 8th floor
10178 Berlin

The new five

To strengthen and further develop our office, we have enlarged the circle of Partners. Congratulations on their appointments go to:

Hans Funk, Joachim Grund, Klaus Ransmayr, Berthold Staber and Fredrik Werner

The new Partners have particularly improved the design quality, optimized our project work, successfully promoted employee development and also raised our international reputation. We look forward to further successes and wish the "New Five" all the best in their new roles.

More info: Team > CEO & Partners

HENN builds office building in Hafencity Hamburg

13.09.2017 – 

The HafenCity in Hamburg, on the northerly part of the former free port, has been expanding for over ten years now. A highly densified business location is in the process of being planned in the Elbbrücken district to the east, situated on the longest dock of the HafenCity. The Pier is the first cornerstone of this so-called Übersee district, creating a prominent anchor point for the development project. Located on the central Vespucci-Platz, the office building incorporates the existing topography and extends it interiorly in the form of terraced levels. These are accessed via open stairs, which breach the girders and columns of the stringent architectural grid of the building, winding spirally upwards around the central atrium. Co-working zones are located on every level with varying amenity values – the so-called “5 Districts”. Each of them is supplemented with individual workplaces. By this means the interior – characterised by a diversity of visual axes and varying spatial heights and transparencies – is cast in a constant interplay between concentration and communication. In terms of urban planning, the building, with its imposingly projecting tower, consciously occupies centre stage. Deeply set arcades open the building out to the square. The Pier is currently in planning, with completion set for 2020.

HENN and University Darmstadt Digital Unit at 2017 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism

September 2 - November 5, 2017

Visitors will interact with a real-time robotically-driven production line. The design of objects is algorithmically based on visitors’ sounds translated into virtual geometry and materialized by an industrial robot. Prosumers create their own unique objects, while at the same time generating a silent community of voices, a Communication Landscape

Seoul Biennale

HENN at 100 Architects of the year 2017, Seoul

HENN will be part of the KIA Convention Exhibition in Seoul presenting "Continental Headquarters" 

Culture Station 284 / 1 Tongil-ro / Jung-gu

September 5 - September 9 
10am - 7pm

Lecture at UIA Congress, Seoul

Daniel Festag at UIA Congress on September 5, 2017

Paper presentation: Modernization / Refit HVB-Tower, Munich (DE)

Paper Session
FUTURE_arch. theory & design 2 (PS2-12)
COEX Center

4pm - 5.45pm
Room 304

Roche Laboratory and Office Building – Inauguration in Penzberg, DE

05.07.2017 – 

In the last three years Roche invested in five major projects at Penzberg biotechnology campus – inlcuding the Laboratory and Office Building. The extenion of the production facilities enables the company to satisfy the worldwide demand of active pharmaceutical ingredients and diagnostic tests. “This investments strengthen the industrial location of Germany and contribute to the future viability of Roche in Medicine 4.0,” said Bavarian Vice Premier Ilse Aigner at the inauguration ceremony.

Ground-breaking ceremony: Deutsche Flugsicherung (DFS) – Air-traffic control Academy

19.06.2017 – 

It's getting started ... in Kaufbeuren. Ground-breaking ceremony for the DFS (Deutsche Flugsicherung) – Air-traffic control Academy. Close to the Kaufbeuren air base, south of the city centre, a new training campus is being built. As of beginning of 2017 all air-traffic controller are going to be educated by the DFS in an unique zivil and military cooperation. The new campus will complete and visualize this special partnership by being finished in autumn 2019 to open its doors for up to 80 students.