The new corporate headquarters of DB Netz AG in Frankfurt am Main is a hub for communication and example of the use of colour in new working environments - Kinnarps supplied the furnishings for the building.
DB Netz AG has created a joint office location in Frankfurt am Main from 15 formerly separate locations in the city. After three years of construction the new headquarters, named "NETZwerk" after an internal naming competition, is located in a new building in the immediate vicinity of the main railway station. There are around 2,200 workplaces on the former Posthallen site at Adam-Riese-Straße 11-13.
The office concept of Merz Innen.Architektur is inspired by the basic idea behind the building's design: A hub where all departments come together and are networked. The hub is visible throughout the entire building, for example on the foil on the glass partition walls.
The individually designed office spaces were developed as a mix of open, semi-open and closed areas and act positively for communication. Everyone has the opportunity to concentrate on individual tasks at a height-adjustable standard workstation. And then a new world opens up with think tanks, workshop rooms, project areas and meeting points as well as meeting rooms. The office environment makes it easy to find the right place for every activity - whether agile, team-oriented or concentrated.
The theme of colour plays a decisive role in the design of the office space. On the one hand, the colour concept gives the office its soul; on the other hand, it is a guidance system for the employees. The Merz interior design office is also responsible for this, and the concept was implemented together with Kinnarps. Each small wing was assigned a primary colour, which provides orientation in the complex building structure. A total of six colours, red, blue, green, yellow, purple and orange can be found on the wall surfaces, the upholstered furniture, on the foiling of the glass partitions and on the lettering. Matching colour accents give the otherwise grey, black and white rooms a lively character. In each case, a more muted colour tone in various gradations and shades of the respective primary colour was chosen to provide coherent variety even within the colour scheme of a wing.
The offices were all furnished with Kinnarps products. The extensive and diverse range of the Swedish supplier with six brands allows for complete furnishing of the building complex.
In the process, the interior designer from Kinnarps worked closely with Büro Merz to translate the specifications from the so-called “room book” into room and furniture modules. All those involved met for creative workshops, first to assign furniture to the individual rooms and, in the next step, to select the colours. Decisive for the good cooperation was, among other things, the common level on which the interior designers and the client could communicate with each other.