From the perspective of the architect: HeidelbergCement headquarters


Axel Bienhaus in an interview with XAL, the Graz-based lighting professionals, who with their customized luminaire systems support AS+P's vision of a modern working environment with “Lighting without Limits”. Video © XAL GmbH

In an interview with luminaire manufacturer XAL, AS+P Managing Director Axel Bienhaus tells the story behind the design of the headquarters.

“Concrete Excellence” - this was the title of the 2015 competition, in which AS+P successfully won the day against renowned competitors and subsequently realized the new company headquarters for HeidelbergCement AG, acting as general planners.

With its curved façade elements, a central thoroughfare and the unusual tree-like supports in the foyer, the DAX-list company's corporate headquarters is an outstanding project that definitely makes a real mark on its new location on the northern bank of the Neckar River in the city’s Neuenheim district. Up to 1,000 employees of the Group benefit from a modern working environment that offers not only classic office space but also special zones as a place for meeting and direct communication. In an interview on site in Heidelberg, Axel Bienhaus describes the role played by architecture in the sophisticated interplay with light.

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The new building on the northern bank of the Neckar River provides a total of 52,599 square meters of gross floor space for offices and lounges, a foyer, a large conference hall, kitchens and restaurant. Photo © Julian Salamon Fotodesign