Der Spiegel Headquarters is a 50,000 square-meter project comprised of two buildings: one for Der Spiegel and another, the Ericus-building, for other offices. The new headquarters is located nearby the much-anticipated Elbphilharmonie designed by Herzog + de Mueron, which topped out over the summer. The two buildings are arranged to form a large u-shaped courtyard that opens up towards the water and slightly towards the south to collect the sun. Large plazas on either side of the building promote an active urban scene, provide more green space, and access to the waterfront promenade.
HafenCity has developed its own green building certification, which has tighter requirements than other certifications and is considered a forerunner of the requirements that will be incorporated into German building regulations in the years to come. “Hafencity Umweltzeichen” is a certification standard with five categories of sustainability in which specific objectives must be achieved in order to obtain silver or gold. To achieve overall gold for the project, a gold rating must be achieved for four out of the five categories.