J. Mayer H. und Partner, Architekten partner with landscape architects SHL Architekten+Stadtplaner and Steelcase, Kvadrat, and Raumhaus Berlin for interiors to create a new, sustainable building for the IGZ headquarters.
The software and engineering company IGZ (Ingenieurgesellschaft für logistische Informationssysteme mbH) uses SAP standard software to develop software solutions for production and logistics for companies across Europe.
Thanks to its seat in the WaIdnaab Valley in Upper Palatinate, IGZ Falkenberg has been able to harness the strengths of the rural environment for over twenty years.
Originally founded in a refurbished barn, the company now employs over 500 people.
This rapid expansion requires the necessary space to accommodate the growing number of clients and projects.
The extension of the IGZ headquarters not only offers the company and its employees a modern and innovative workplace, but the design also embeds itself within the picturesque nature, social fabric, and familiar atmosphere of its rural surroundings.
IGZ Campus Falkenberg has recently been awarded a 2022 International Architecture Award by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.
J. Mayer H. won the design for the main building of the IGZ campus at an invited competition.
The building is the first new construction of the site’s extended master plan.
Reaching over 120 meters in length and sitting at the highest point of the site, the new construction complements existing company-owned buildings, creating a harmonious ensemble.
Further structures are planned for the company restaurant, an innovation center, and other office buildings, which—like the main building—focus clearly and precisely on the site’s surroundings.
The construction was built using local materials such as granite and wood, typical of the Upper Palatinate region.
Innovative construction engineering techniques ensure a holistic approach to the building concept.
Priority was given to providing a regenerative energy supply using geothermal energy and photovoltaic systems.
The new IGZ building is an example of how construction in rural areas is not only reserved for agriculture, tourism, or local recreation.
Instead, in this age of ‘New Work’ (Work 4.0), the new headquarters of ‘IGZ-The SAP Engineers,’ allows IGZ to strengthen its local ties and reaffirm its presence as an innovative and responsible employer in the region.
The building was planned as a skeleton structure of reinforced concrete.
All load-bearing and bracing components are made of wood and exposed concrete, creating a visual blueprint of IGZ’s company headquarters.
The partition walls and built-in furniture are non-load-bearing and made entirely of wood and glass.
Composed of various elements, the construction creates a light and warm atmosphere while remaining highly flexible for future alterations.
The grey-glazed wood façade further develops and reinterprets the materiality of the company’s existing buildings.
The building relies on a passive temperature control method that is integrated into the reinforced concrete ceilings.
Heating and cooling are thus regulated by the building’s concrete core temperature control system.
The energy required for this is sustainably generated through a total of 60 geothermal piles, each 100m deep.
J. Mayer H. developed the building’s interior design concept in close collaboration with the client.
Steelcase was the main partner for the design of workstation furnishings.
The loft-like work landscape, composed of exposed concrete and wood was furnished with Steelcase’s Flex Collection, designed to allow teams to make their space more flexible.
The furniture is equipped with wheels, making it adaptable to various and changing forms of individual and group work.
Flex complements the overall geometry of the building’s structure with its diagonal elements and clear-cut design.
The design’s language is communicated through large-scale wooden fixtures in the foyer and other areas and reflected further in the rounded shapes of the movable desk walls and mobile whiteboards.
Finally, the choice of haptic, matte black surfaces matches the wood and concrete elements present throughout the building.
Steelcase collaborated with Kvadrat, using their high-quality fabrics to produce a new range of seating areas and desk chairs (from the Please Series), while Viccarbe’s soft seating was used for communal areas.
Project: IGZ Campus Falkenberg
Architects: J. Mayer H. und Partner, Architekten
General Contractor: Franz Kassecker GmbH
Structural Design Engineers: Bodemeister + Partner GbR
Landscape Architects: SHL Architekten + Stadtplaner
Lighting Design: Licht Kunst Licht
Interior Design Partner: Raumhaus Berlin, Steelcase, Kvadrat, Brunner
Client: GZ Immo GmbH
Photographers: David Franck