Zalando Headquarters

Berlin, Germany

The new Zalando Headquarters unites the various departments of Europe’s largest online fashion retailer for the first time. Across two seven storey buildings, 2,700 employees now enjoy 42,000m² of high quality workspace, right at the heart of Berlin’s sought after Friedrichshain corporate campus.

Challenge

Providing integrated engineering across several aspects of the project, Buro Happold was tasked with developing solutions that meet our client’s high energy performance requirements.

Another key part of the overall concept was the exposed building services systems, which form part of the headquarters’ visual expression as a ‘living machine’. With this in mind, it was critical for our team to successfully integrate building services systems within the architectural design, ensuring optimum performance while realising the architect’s intent.

Delivering a state of the art new headquarters for Europe’s largest online fashion retailer, right in the heart of Berlin’s business district. Image: HGEsch

As well as its aesthetic appeal, this structural solution is highly sustainable. The concrete surfaces maximise the use of thermal mass, which helps to buffer the temperature gradient between day and night. In addition, avoiding the use of paint or other finishes reduces the carbon footprint.

Martin Strewinski, Office Director

Solution

Our engineers used BIM throughout the design process to integrate efficient yet elegant building services solutions. This enabled us to successfully incorporate daylighting, night cooling, acoustic measures, a sprinkler layout and cleaning gantry into the roof structure.

We took a similarly clean approach to the structural elements, which are also exposed. Fair-faced reinforced concrete has been used throughout, while the atrium walls, columns, slabs and stairs are designed to appear as one.

Internal view of people working in the new Zalando office
We delivered strategies with the efficiency to meet our client’s energy targets, and the elegance to be exposed as part of the visual expression of the building. Image: HGEsch

Value

Using intelligent engineering solutions, we were able to realise a contemporary, low energy building that has achieved DGNB Gold certification. As well as providing outstanding facilities for staff, the new headquarters is a flagship building for the Zalando brand.

Zalando employees working in the new office.
The design completely rethinks the classic office environment, incorporating plenty of open spaces to promote communication as well as enclosed spaces that serve as retreats. Image: HGEsch

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