Completed in 2006 by Ingenhoven Architects and the team, Lufthansa Aviation Center Frankfurt is a new Lufthansa head office in the midst of one of the most efficient transport intersections in Europe. With its transparency, this new building also impresses clarity and uniqueness. An ecological building concept is also used to create a healthy working environment.
This new head office building shows the cosmopolitanism and open-mindedness of one of the best-known German companies. With an elegant office design and its uncompromising ecological construction, the architect found the best solution for this building that matches the Lufthansa’s importance.
Creating a high-quality and communicative office and working environment is the main challenge of this project, including isolating the building from its busy surroundings. This head office is ideally connected in terms of transport due to its proximity to Frankfurt Airport but it also gets significant noise and emissions pollution.
With these conditions, the architect designs a 180 meter long and 90-meter wide building with a layout that reminiscent of a double-sided comb with ten teeth. The office spaces are protected from the ambient noise by gardens between these respective teeth. The eight gardens and offices are also covered by glass roofs and elegant concrete.
There are 1,850 office workplaces with a stunning view of the landscaped gardens. These offices also have the benefit of natural ventilation. These open spaces have a landscape design that represents typical landscapes from the five continents, symbolizing Lufthansa’s global reach. The gardens can be used by the office staff to relax or for small meetings, easy to access too. These outdoor spaces also serve as sound and heat buffers to improve the microclimate.
This new head office building has seven floors above ground and also four below ground. The plant rooms and underground parking garages can be found on the floors below ground while the offices are located on the floors above the ground.
Between the office tracts, bright and fully glazed offices and glazed atriums are designed to create a pleasant working environment that supports communication, and all offices are arranged to face these atriums. These offices are designed in modular units to suits some requirements which also can be adapted based on the need.
The five- or six-story office wings can form a central concourse, giving the staff a big opportunity for informal meetings and encounters. There are 36 open meeting rooms, smaller meeting areas within the offices, and seven large conference facilities.
Each floor of the building has three dedicated meeting points used as alternative working places and environments for informal communication. With the absence of hierarchical order and also easy reversibility, the flexible structure of the office can create inspiring and team-oriented working conditions.
A healthy working environment is supported by the ecological building concept used in this project. The wooden floors and windows create a warm atmosphere and it is also possible to use the concrete decks to activate thermal mass by omitting suspended ceilings. There is also a sophisticated control system that can correct any malfunction of the air-conditioning system.
Lufthansa Aviation Center Frankfurt Gallery
Photography: Ingenhoven Architects