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h4a Gessert + Randecker Generalplaner, Stuttgart, Germany

Extract from entrant’s explanation

The building volume is transformed in such a way that the contours of the building advance and recede, thus dividing up the mass of the structure. For example, to the south and west inviting entrance locations are created, while terraces are created to the east and north that relate to the landscape and yet avoid producing layers to the rear. Two-storey elevated passageways lead from the forecourt and campus to the central hall and reception via inner courtyards. The open plan area continues the structural division and organisation in the building and forms the central point for interaction. The hall on the ground floor has a bistro, main meeting area and vertical access cores.

The future working environment for employees differs fundamentally from traditional office floor plans. The foremost considerations are the choice of locations for working and interaction between employees. The open design of the structure provides for compact, extremely flexible and exceptionally efficient occupancy areas and working environments with a high degree of flexibility and a wide range of zones for interaction. Areas of bright, friendly and well organised office space expand around courtyard gardens positioned for harmonious effect. The soft shapes of the air wells produces a space continuum which combines architecture and open space. The office areas surrounding the open space become more compact for the structural configuration, and the working environment becomes an office landscape. The courtyard gardens work with the terraces and the roof topography to create pleasant areas for employees and are directly integrated into the working environment. The facade is designed as horizontal ribbons consistent with the structural bearing and radiates a strong identity and innovative thrust. It consists of insulated metal-clad parapet elements and transparent ribbons of glass.

Extract from minutes of jury meeting

From an urban planning point of view, this entry with its zigzag shape and relatively compact structural dimensions represents a clever addition to the concept of the adidas campus and its detached modules in the park landscape. The type of modulation used at the outer edges allows on the one hand the large structural dimensions to be reasonably integrated into the context with the existing buildings and future works, and on the other hand it creates proportionality for users to some extent despite the huge spread. Oval air wells in a variety of configurations and sizes form a multi-storey working environment which at first sight promises to provide interesting surroundings for working in but does not stand up to scrutiny in many areas and details. This would include orientation, vertical service provision systems, the tone of the workplace at points where the traffic crosses and the efficient use of floor space. The outward-facing facades are elaborately designed and are not very convincing with the light strips featured; the variable parapet heights need to be investigated with respect to functionality and safety. Viewed overall, this entry provides a contribution for in-depth discussion, starting with the transformation of the Olympic rings into sports-style courtyards, continuing with the superimposed rectangular and flowing building typologies and ending with the close relationship of the design to the Laces building. An interesting contribution to the adidas World of Sports campus.


h4a Gessert + Randecker Generalplaner GmbH, Stuttgart, DE:
Albrecht Randecker, Martin Gessert, Mark Hemsen, Maria Mesa Izquierdo, Vuong Khoa Tran, Carlos De Paz, Nadine Hertramph, Carsten Büttner, Laura-Sophie Behrends, Kathrin Flurer, Lea Michelfeit

Special Experts:

  • Congena Gesellschaft für Planung, Training und Organisation GmbH, München, DE
  • Statics: Rehle Ingenieure GmbH, Stuttgart, DE
  • Building Physics: Müller-BBM GmbH, München, DE; Conplaning GmbH, Ulm, DE
  • Landscape Architecture: Glück Landschaftsarchitekten, Stuttgart, DE