The completion of IGZ’s new main building on its extended campus is a significant step for the software company’s own economic positioning, as well as part larger regional efforts to increase employment opportunities in rural areas. IGZ is a fast-growing company in IT logistics and Industry 4.0: part of the digital boom we have experienced since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic and the growing possibilities for innovative developments, fostered by European financial and economic support. What is more, the infrastructural measures put forward by individual municipalities to maintain and create jobs have an impact on the entire Upper Palatinate region. For these reasons, sustainable and innovative planning and construction were the centerpiece of the new IGZ Campus module in Falkenberg.
软件和工程公司IGZ (Ingenieurgesellschaft fur logistische Informationssysteme mbH)使用SAP标准软件为欧洲各地的公司在生产和物流领域开发技术软件解决方案。由于地处上帕拉廷的怀德纳布谷，IGZ Falkenberg在20多年来一直能够利用农村环境的优势。公司最初在一个翻新过的谷仓里成立，现在有超过500名员工;快速的扩张需要必要的空间来容纳他们不断增长的客户和项目。IGZ总部的扩建不仅为公司和员工提供了一个现代化和创新的工作场所，而且设计也融入了风景如画的自然环境、社会结构和熟悉的乡村环境氛围。
The software and engineering company IGZ (Ingenieurgesellschaft für logistische Informationssysteme mbH) uses SAP standard software to develop technical software solutions in production and logistics for companies across Europe. Thanks to its seat in the WaIdnaab Valley in Upper Palatine, IGZ Falkenberg has been able to harness the strengths of the rural environment for over 20 years. Originally founded in a refurbished barn, the company now employs over 500 people; a rapid expansion requiring the necessary space to accommodate their growing number of clients and projects. This extension of IGZ headquarters not only offers the company and its employees a modern and innovative workplace, but the design also embeds itself within the picturesque nature, social fabric and familiar atmosphere of its rural surroundings.
J.MAYER H. won the design for the main building of the IGZ campus at an invited competition. The building is the first new construction of the site’s extended masterplan. Reaching over 120m in length and sitting at the highest point of the site, the new construction complements existing company-owned buildings, creating a harmonious ensemble. Further structures are planned for the company restaurant, an innovation center and other office buildings, which, like the main building, focus clearly and precisely on the site’s surroundings. The construction was built using local materials like granite and wood, typical of the Upper Palatinate region.
创新的建筑工程技术确保了建筑概念的整体性。优先考虑使用地热能和光伏系统提供再生能源供应。新的IGZ建筑明确指出，农村地区的建筑工程不仅仅是为了农业、旅游或当地的娱乐活动。相反，在这个 "新工业"（工业4.0）的时代，"IGZ-SAP工程师 "的新总部让他们加强了与当地的联系，并重申了他们作为该地区创新和负责任的雇主的存在。
Innovative construction engineering techniques ensure a holistic approach to the building concept. Priority was given to providing a regenerative energy supply using geothermal energy and photovoltaic systems. The new IGZ building makes clear that construction work in rural areas is not only reserved for agriculture, tourism or local recreation. Instead, in this age of "New Work" (Work 4.0), the new headquarters of “IGZ-The SAP Engineers”, allows them to strengthen their local ties and reaffirm their presence as an innovative and responsible employer in the region.
The building was planned as a skeleton structure of reinforced concrete. All load-bearing and bracing components are made of wood and exposed concrete, creating a visual blueprint of IGZ’s company headquarters. The partition walls and built-in furniture are non-load-bearing and made entirely of wood and glass. Composed of various elements, the construction creates a light and warm atmosphere, while remaining highly flexible to future alterations. The grey glazed wood façade further develops and reinterprets the materiality of the company’s existing buildings.
The building relies on a passive temperature control method that is integrated into the reinforced concrete ceilings. Heating and cooling is thus regulated by the building’s concrete core temperature control system. The energy required for this is sustainably generated through a total of 60 geothermal piles, each 100m deep.
J.MAYER H. developed the building’s interior design concept in close collaboration with the client. Steelcase was the main partner for the design of workstation furnishings. The loft-like work landscape, composed of exposed concrete and wood was furnished with Steelcase’s Flex Collection, designed to allow teams to make their space more flexible.
The furniture is equipped with wheels, making it adaptable to various, changing forms of individual and group work. Flex complements the overall geometry of the building’s structure with its diagonal elements and clearcut design. The design’s language is communicated through large-scale wooden fixtures in the foyer and other areas, and reflected further in the rounded shapes of the movable desk-walls and mobile whiteboards. The choice of haptic, matte black surfaces, furthermore matches the wood and concrete elements present throughout the building.
Steelcase collaborated with Kvadrat, using their high-quality fabrics to produce a new range of seating areas and desk chairs (Please). Viccarbe's soft seat products were used for communal areas.
The project was finalized in autumn 2020. Thanks to the flexibility of the interior furnishings and the building’s geometry, the inner layout can easily be adapted for Covid-19 related workplace changes and requirements, such as accommodating for Hygiene regulations and ensuring the safe distancing of employees.
Project: IGZ Campus Falkenberg
Location: Falkenberg, Upper Palantine, Germany
Architect: J. MAYER. H und Partner, Architekten mbB
Invited Competition, 2018, 1st Place
Project: 2018 – 2020
Completion Date: October 2020
GFA: ca. 8000qm
Client: GZ Immo GmbH
Structural Design Engineer: Bodensteiner + Partner GbR, Weiden
Building Service Engineers: Grünwald + Ach GmbH, Weiden and Ingenieurbüro Zeitler, Rottendorf
Lighting Design: Licht Kunst Licht AG, Berlin
Fire Prevention Plans: Gerhard Schmidt, Weidenberg
Landscape Architects: S H L Architekten und Stadtplaner, Weiden
Interior Design Partner: Steelcase, Raumhaus Berlin, Kvadrat, Brunner,
Photographer: David Franck