US-based Richard Meier & Partners Architects has been selected to design new headquarters for Engel & Volker in Hamburg, Germany.
The seven-storey building will be located in the HafenCity district and is expected to open by 2015.
The mixed-use building will feature a vertical tower complementing the nearby Marco Polo Tower in the district.
Richard Meier said that the design of the headquarters started with a pairing of the courtyard building with the organisational system of a hybrid building that features apartments, a training academy, offices and retail spaces within a singular, identifiable building.
The structure’s facade will have geometric accents as well as floor-to-ceiling glass and the building features an enclosed atrium at the centre.
The atrium will provide a shared circulation space to host events as well as exhibitions. The building also features a staircase which folds from the upper floors to the atrium.
The wavy ceiling which caps the atrium segregates the public domain, including training academy, shop, cafe, and gallery below from the private residential and office areas above.
Richard Meier & Partners beat off competition from Foster + Partners and Zaha Hadid Architects to design the building.
The project’s design partner-in-charge Bernhard Karpf said, "By treating the exterior appearance with restraint elegance and by articulating the interior courtyard and atrium through a series of more expressive elements, the building turns itself inside out in correspondence with the clients’ request of an inviting and identifiable headquarters building."