Siemens has chosen Henning Larsen Architects to give their Munich headquarters a sustainable upgrade. Of the twelve proposals submitted by design houses throughout Europe, the Copenhagen-based firm’s design was selected for its comprehensive approach to sustainable urban development. The upgraded headquarters slated to begin construction in the fall of 2012 will feature a host of Siemens eco-friendly technology, including energy efficient lighting and photovolatic panels, and will be smoothly integrated into the city’s historical district.
The flexible, well-lit interior workspace will accommodate up to 1200 employees. Catering to the pedestrian via a network of accessible walkways, the new headquarters consists of a series of interconnected buildings that conceal greenery-filled courtyards. This complex – with its groundfloor bistros, cafes and other offerings – also acts as a bridge between Munich’s cultural and historic district.
Henning Larsen has paid particular attention to ensure that the historic main building on Wittelsbacherplatz, an outstanding example of neo-classical architecture designed by Leo von Klenze in the nineteenth century, will be preserved even as it is connected to this more futuristic design. Employees are expected to occupy the new headquarters by 2016.