Siemens' global head office combines ambitious architectural design with highly-effective building technology. A unique aspect is that residents and tourists can cross from Munich's historical center through a series of inner green courtyard spaces in the Siemens building, and proceed to the city's famous museum quarter. The actual building is designed as a modern and inspiring working environment, where staff can share knowledge and work across departments, or use quiet zones for tasks that require greater concentration. Based on an ambitious daylight strategy, the overall building complex is one of Europe's most sustainable head offices.
Siemens has strong connections with Munich, which has been the home of the Group's head office since 1949.
The entire design process was therefore focused on giving something back to the city.
Seen from the historical Wittelsbacherplatz, the new head office is discreetly situated behind the renovated Ludwig Ferdinand Palais, which until 2016 housed Siemens' administration. 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, which is part of modern Munich, the building has a more striking and prominent facade, which pinpoints Siemens in the urban landscape. The facade's materiality emphasizes the deep local roots and close contact with the city of Munich.
Louis Becker, Design Principal and Partner at Henning Larsen Architects:
"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 do this?"
The 1,200 employees enjoy an ultramodern and inspiring working environment that supports knowledge sharing and interaction across the organization.
The offices consist of open rooms and project spaces, in which employees can work across disciplines and in larger groups, and in quiet zones for tasks that require focused concentration.
The office areas are interconnected by an extended interaction zone and a number of transverse walkways, which, seen from above, constitute the building's skeleton.
All of the workspaces are close to floor-to-ceiling windows, and employees can adjust heating and ventilation as required at the workplace. The transparent architecture ensures visual contact with colleagues across courtyard rooms and stories.
Joe Kaeser, President and Chief Executive Officer of 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."
The Siemens building sets a new standard for sustainable construction and consumption of resources.
Compared to the previous head office at the same address, the head office has 90 percent less energy consumption and 75 percent lower water consumption.
Using information from the building's 30,000 data points, Siemens' own advanced building technology regulates temperature, ventilation and lighting, in order 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. The combination of ambitious architectural design and highly effective building technology has ensured the building the world's leading certifications within sustainable construction: DGNB Platinum and LEED Platinum.