德国大陆集团总部设计 | IFG伊波莱茨建筑设计
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“The Future in Motion” 是大陆集团的座右铭,而大陆集团的品牌 “Continental” 则代表着面向未来、可持续发展和团结协作的理念。由于原集团总部的面积不再能满足公司的未来发展,大陆集团决定在德国汉诺威毗邻城市森林的位置新建一座总部。新总部的设计以共享办公为概念,可为多达2400名员工提供工作场所。新楼经过五年建设,于2023年12月投入使用。

"The Future In Motion": The Continental brand stands for a future-oriented, sustainable and collaborative approach. When Continental outgrew its original headquarters, the company chose to relocate to a new building in Hanover’s city forest. The building complex was opened in December 2023 following a five-year construction period, and offers a new work environment for around 2,400 employees from the corporate functions, Tires and ContiTech divisions. 

IFG 在这一项目中,负责办公区、餐厅以及自助咖啡厅的设计。我们用宽敞、与众不同的办公环境来体现大陆集团的价值观,既满足工作场所对敏捷商务的要求,又凸显企业的鲜明个性。灵活的模块化结构为大陆集团的未来发展开辟空间,即:The Future in Motion。

We were responsible for designing the work areas, the restaurant and the cafeterias. We translated Continental’s values into a spacious and differentiated work world, which fulfils its requirements for agility and a strong identity in equal measure. With this flexible and modular spatial concept, Continental can continue to remain agile long into the future.


From inside to Outside, from Communicative to Focussed

大陆集团新总部注重促进打破部门界限的联合办公、灵活协作和活跃沟通。大楼建筑由HENN事务所打造,分为横跨一条八车道公路的两个部分,之间是一条总长71米的天桥。借助被称为 “Loop” 即环路的内外皆可见的标志性黄色纽带,将各种不同的空间理念联结成网。 

Continental is using its new campus to focus on networking, flexible collaboration and communication across departmental boundaries. The complex, which was designed by HENN, connects two buildings, separated by an eight-lane road, via a 71-metre-long bridge. The Loop – visible from inside and outside the building as a Continental-yellow band – links an array of spatial typologies with each other.



We continue this idea in developing the work worlds, by moving all central routes to the outside along the façade. The result is a large, compact area covering almost the entire depth of the building, which various freestanding modules divide into manageable and tangible neighbourhoods. This allows a landscape of different workplace typologies to unfold: from dynamic places of exchange and encounter to places of concentrated work and retreat. 


The individual islands keep a generous distance from their neighbours, enabling new and surprising lines of sight to the outside to emerge. The walkways are orientated in such a way that they always lead to a destination, be it a communication locus or a view out into nature.


The central walkways along the façade are demarcated by darker carpeted zones and a sloping ceiling accompanied by a recessed lighting track, providing clear orientation. Filter elements and screens on the desks form a buffer zone towards the work areas. The desk panels ensure discretion, but at the same time their ledges turn them into points of arrival and extend an invitation to communicate.


In and Out of the Box


In order to respond as flexibly as possible to the requirements of individual departments and areas, we developed a proprietary room-in-room system. These modular boxes are available in various configurations, in different sizes and with differing features: from telephone boxes to large conference rooms. No matter which function they serve: All boxes offer a excellent sound insulation to the outside and silent ventilation to the inside, thus ensuring excellent working conditions. 


The modular canon is completed by alcoves, seating niches, arenas and various lounges. We organise these modules and the workstations themselves on the individual levels to create new landscapes, which do not follow a fixed grid, but are tailored to the respective requirements. Instead of serial rows of tables, communities are created in compact spatial zones, which enter into dialogue with their neighbours.


Visual bridges are also created in the meeting rooms, where the floor often spills out from the interior into the walkway areas. Many carpets are designed in a yellow-orange colour gradient – a highly dynamic image and an example of how we set colour accents using Continental’s CI colour. The brand message is not over-simplified here, but is used selectively, rendering it all the more intense.


Unplannable Planning



Modes of work are permanently changing, to which we respond with flexible spatial concepts. The constructive design of Continental’s work worlds therefore reduces the need for structural interventions to a minimum. Instead, the aim is to adapt the office environment to new requirements through minimally invasive interventions. Continental’s sustainability aspirations are also future-oriented, with the campus aiming for ‘DGNB Platinum’ status. Vegan leather, a Continental product, is used and the thermal component activation of the ceiling ensures optimum energy efficiency.


The design language, and choice of materials and colours reflect Continental’s positioning as an innovative technology company and key partner of the mobility industry. Mirroring the precision of Continental’s technical solutions, many of the forms display clear geometries: from the polygonal panels at the workstations to the ceiling grid and recessed carpet panels. In between all this, we have also created space for the unplanned to unfold. After all, many a Nobel Prize idea originated at the coffee machine or photocopier. Innovation requires chance and spontaneous encounters. Which is why the range of communication spaces is so wide and multifaceted.


A Coffee a Day


Where there is coffee, there is conversation. And, as already mentioned, communication is always an innovation driver. Accordingly, we designed the restaurant and the cafeterias in both parts of the building as hybrid spaces. Here employees not only find a suitable place to sit during break times, but the differentiated seating options on offer also serve as great alternatives to their own desk. 


Whether on a thickly upholstered compartment seat in the restaurant or on a seat in the busy atrium, whether in the midst of it all, hidden in an alcove, or partially concealed behind airy lamellae – everyone finds their creative inspiration in a different place. In the restaurant, mobile partition walls also allow the space to be divided up differently: from large for events, to small for restaurant operations.


The office functions as a pivotal hub for negotiations involving tasks that prove challenging or impossible to conduct remotely. It emphasises teamwork, communication, and collaboration, providing a setting where unplanned interactions can occur. The physical space fosters a sense of ownership and belonging, offering a tangible representation of the company's values, organisational culture, and management style. 


The new Continental campus serves as a mirror reflecting the company's identity and values. It is an appealing workplace for employees, providing an environment for reflection, idea exchange, and celebrations.

Client: Continental AG

Location: Hannover, Germany

Status: 2018–2023 completed

Facts & Figures: Office area open spaces: 10.200 m², 1.200 desks; Meeting rooms: 3.155 m², 60 units, 612 seats; Restaurant: 920 m², 300 seats; Cafeteria Nord: 450 m², 72 seats inside, 49 seats outside; Cafeteria Süd: 280 m², 93 seats 

Photography: Werner Huthmacher huthmacher@werner-huthmacher

Additional Photography: Ippolito Fleitz Group

Parterner: HENN (Architecture); Fact (Building services engineering); a·g Licht (Lighting design); Jäger Ausbau GmbH (Carpentry)

Team: Arsen Aliverdiiev, Michael Bertram, Kerstin El-Khawad, Gunter Fleitz, Eva Pérez Fons, Lisa Holler, Leticia Hutchings, Peter Ippolito, Christiane Klinner, Susann Kreplin, Frank Lakmann, Tim Lessmann, Eleonora Mannisi, Thomas Mura, Maria Cristina Orizzonte, Jana Stumpe, Bradley Wheeler, Elisabed Zautashvili

Copyright: Ippolito Fleitz Group

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