Siemens has laid the foundation stone for the company’s new headquarters in Munich, Germany.
The new headquarters, which will comprise ten interlinked structures, will be constructed by replacing the old building between Wittelsbacherplatz and Oskar-von-Miller-Ring in Munich’s historic centre.
Siemens president and CEO Peter Loscher said: "For the first time since the company built its headquarters in Berlin Siemensstadt 100 years ago, Siemens is laying the foundation stone for our new headquarters of the future."
Designed by Denmark-based Henning Larsen Architects, the building will feature offices, meeting and conference rooms, courtyards, restaurants, a garden, galleries, cafes and restaurants.
Spread across an area of 45,000m², Siemens’ new headquarters will consist of six rectangular, rounded volumes linked to a central vertical structure that will connect the entire complex, while the structure will have six different courtyards to facilitate interaction with the city.
The interior design of the building will provide a working environment for 1,200 employees of the company’s corporate units and its infrastructure and cities sector.
After completion, the headquarters will provide a link for pedestrians between the city’s historic centre and the museum quarter in Maxvorstadt.
Sustainable features of the project include photovoltaic systems, which will be installed on the roof of the building to generate electricity for the building.
Rainwater will be stored within the facility and power will be generated from panels in the building’s floors.
Siemens said that the design of the complex and its insulation and shading will minimise energy consumption while upward tapering of the structure will facilitate natural lighting into interior of the building.
Installation of LED lighting, water-saving fittings and need-based system controls will also minimise energy consumption.
The company is expecting to receive LEED Platinum certification for the building saying that it has been designed to meet the highest sustainability standards of German Sustainable Building Council.
Construction of the building is expected to be completed by the end of 2015.
Image: Siemens’ new headquarters building in Munich will feature offices, meeting and conference rooms. Photo: courtesy of Siemens.