Kaffee Partner HeadquartersEdit profile
Following the international award-winning Leonardo Glass Cube 3deluxe have once again completed a piece of corporate architecture with an ambitious design and expressive formal language. The client was Kaffee Partner, a leading supplier of commercially used coffee brewing machines in Germany. In February 2012, following a construction period of just 16 months, a 100-metre tripartite building complex with 9,800 sq.m. of floor space was completed on an area of 28,600 sq.m. in Osnabrück. The extremely cost-effective design unites the aesthetic impact of a sculptural architectural object with the efficient functionality of commercial buildings. The concept for the administration tract aimed to harmoniously integrate the logistics hall and workshop in the building complex, which has previously been planned by the Osnabrück-based engineering association igk Krabbe GmbH & Co. KG. Individually produced elements hanging in front of the façade proved to be the solution; their flowing forms expressing the vitality, lightness, and power of innovation that are Kaffee Partners corporate values. The colour concept for the architecture and interior design of the new headquarters combines white as the main colour with near-natural hues from the world of coffee and here too helps create an holistic image of the company.
Curved shaped ribbons on the façade, made of 150 individually fabricated white concrete elements, merge the three building parts of the headquarters to a harmo- nious ensemble. Their fluid outlines conceal the orthogonal grid of the concrete skeleton construction buildings and lend the architecture an impression of dynamics. It culminates in the animated, vertically staggered composition of the administration wing: With its ceiling slabs, differently shaped and cantilevered on each floor, the corner building of the complex represents a prominent eye-catcher.
Besides the façade design for the entire ensemble and the architecture of the administration and customer service wing, 3deluxes scope of planning includes also parts of the interior finish. Following a holistic design approach, the executive suite in the penthouse and the semi-public forum could be equipped with custom-made furniture and high-end fittings that continue the architectural language.
Taken as a whole, the new Kaffee Partner corporate headquarters represent a friendly and contemporary working world for the some 300 employees of the medium-sized company, its clients and the inhabitants of Osnabrück a world, in which architecture and design are an indispensable element of a product and corporate culture that is authentically lived out.
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