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January 14, 2013

Richard Meier to design Engel & Volker’s new headquarters in Germany

US-based Richard Meier & Partners Architects has been selected to design new headquarters for Engel & Volker in Hamburg, Germany.

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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.

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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."

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