Praise for spectacular office environment in Dusseldorf
German property developers GERCHGROUP AG have moved into a new head office where the focus is on flexibility and employee well-being. The 1,800-square-metre office building has now been honoured at the Best Workspaces 2023 awards.
Kö-Bogen II is the name of the distinctive new building at Gustaf-Gründgens-Platz in central Dusseldorf. Here, German property developers GERCHGROUP AG have moved into two floors. ingenhoven architects GmbH designed the building, which has been named the best new build in Germany.
On the outside, the eye-catching structure features the biggest green facade in Europe, while inside, employees work in state-of-the-art office environments. Here, there are flexible zones for meetings and quiet concentration, interiors featuring elegant, high-quality materials and access to a 670-square-metre terrace which surrounds the building.
One particular interior detail features in several conference rooms: Troldtekt acoustic panels in natural grey and specially designed with numerous different-sized circular perforations. This customised Troldtekt ceiling goes well with the striking architecture and ensures pleasant acoustics in the conference rooms.
Focus on resources and flexibility
With a special awards ceremony and publication, the publishers Callwey name the ‘Best Workspaces 2023’. Here, GERCHGROUP AG’s offices on the third floor of Kö-Bogen II are among the projects that have been honoured. archwerk GmbH is behind the design of the impressive office building.
In an interview on the Callwey website, Karsten Monke from archwerk talks about the architectural thoughts behind the project in Düsseldorf.
– Sustainable design is characterized by the use of long-term, high-quality materials that are natural wherever possible and that both conserve resources and allow flexible reuse or recycling (cradle to cradle). Reducing waste in the building process, for example in packaging materials, is also an important factor for us he says.
Karsten Monke also explains how GERCHGROUP’s offices have been designed to accommodate hybrid working, among other things by having fewer permanent workplaces due to working-from-home arrangements and by offering homely lounge areas and small zones for concentrated work or informal meetings.