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The shape of the owner operated investment bank's new annex takes its cues from the five storeys of the existing complex while making room for an additional 212 workstations. The existing space had reached its limits, so almost exactly ten years after the initial move in, the total usable floor space was doubled to nearly 14,000m². 

A 15 metre high atrium with its subtropical indoor plantings is the visual centre of the two office wings. This extraordinary eyecatcher serves as the "green lung" and contributes to a pleasant working atmosphere. This area, in addition to the glass facade with its smart sun protection features lets direct natural daylight into the buildings interior spaces.

The building extension was seamlessly connected to the existing structure. The new and old offices and hallways architecturally coalesce into one visually homogenous unit. Zonally, due to ceiling construction that leaves very little room, recessed mounted ALPHABET ZONO luminaires with a serial recessed depth of only 49mm were installed. These square downlights with opal covers create balanced general illumination. The downlights are flush mounted in the concrete ceiling, which further enhances the floating appearance of the cube shaped offices above. 

Strip lighting inconspicuously integrated in the ceiling illuminates the paths between various areas. Without dark zones interrupting the lighting, the ceiling appears to be floating. Thanks to the opal covers, the luminaires become visually imperceptible when not illuminated. Besides providing general illumination, the luminaires perform double duty as emergency lighting.

Project data

Architecture: Architekturbüro Baader, Munich
Consultant: Ingenieurbüro Pfeuffer, Munich
Photography: foto Krumnow, Bannewitz


ALPHABET ZONO 49 mm Downlights
Special solution light lines (comparable STRONG 55)