Siemens' global headquarters combines state-of-the-art architecture with advanced building technology. As a unique design feature, citizens and tourists can cross through the inner green courtyards of the building to get from Munich's historic center to the city's famous museum quarter. The building itself is designed as a modern and inspiring work environment that encourages collaboration and knowledge-sharing across departments, while at the same time allowing employees to withdraw to quiet zones for concentrated work. The building complex is one of Europe's most sustainable headquarters.
Siemens has a strong connection to Munich, which has been the home base of the organization since 1949. Thus, it has been a natural part of the design process to give something back to the city.
Seen from the historic Wittelsbacherplatz, the headquarters is discreetly situated behind the renovated Ludwig Ferdinand Palais, which housed Siemens' administration until 2016. The two buildings are integrated at the rear side, where the palace has access to modern conference and meeting facilities.
Towards Oskar-von-Miller-Ring, part of modern Munich, the building has a more distinctive, prominent façade to make the headquarters stand out in the urban landscape. The materiality of the facade emphasizes Siemens’ deep local roots in the city.
Louis Becker, Design Principal and Partner at Henning Larsen:
"Our experience clearly shows the value of opening up a building to the surrounding world. Users' creativity surpasses our own, so why not allow it to unfold?"
Siemens’ 1,200 employees enjoy an ultramodern, inspiring work environment, designed to support knowledge-sharing and interaction across the organization. The workplace is a combination of open offices and project-oriented spaces where employees can collaborate across disciplines and in larger groups. Quiet zones for concentrated work are also a fundamental part of the office layout.
The different office spaces are interconnected by an extended interaction zone and various transverse walkways, which together constitute the building skeleton when viewed from above.
All workstations are placed by floor-to-ceiling windows, and employees can adjust heating and ventilation as required. The transparent design ensures visual contact across courtyards and floor levels.
Joe Kaeser, President and Chief Executive Officer, Siemens AG:
"With our new head office, we wish to create a symbol that stands for collaboration and global entrepreneurship, for integration in society, and for acting in accordance with the principles for sustainability. On this basis, we will create the future of our company."
Siemens’ headquarters sets new standards for sustainable building and resource consumption. Compared to the previous headquarters located at the same address, the new building consumes 90 percent less energy and 75 percent less water.
Based on information from 30,000 data points in the building, Siemens' own advanced building technology regulates temperatures, ventilation, and lighting to create a healthy and productive indoor climate.
The sloping interior facades allow daylight to penetrate far into the building, reducing the need for artificial lighting. As a result of its unique combination of ambitious architectural design and highly effective building technology, the headquarters has obtained the world's leading certifications within sustainable building: DGNB Platinum and LEED Platinum.