The interior fit-out of the building was designed by Swiss architecture and design studio Evolution Design, while the building itself was created by Austrian architecture firm Baumschlager Eberle and executed by Nuremberg architects GP Wirth Architekten. The building was the result of a design competition in which the pioneering design brief already had easyCredit’s visions and values in mind: transparency, openness and communication incorporated in its internal space concept and modesty and simplicity displayed in its external appearance. The resulting office building encompasses over 15,000 sq.m (160,000 sq.ft) of large open-space work areas.
The biggest challenge was the change from a traditional workspace with dedicated desks to a completely new activity-based style of working. Thus, the building was divided into ‘Home Zones’ and ‘Meet & Create Zones’. Each ‘Homebase’ consists of a unique mixture of different workplace typologies to cater for the different needs of the employees depending on their daily activities. A share rate of 75% was introduced, based on extensive occupancy and work typology research. As a consequence, extra space was gained for the ‘Meet & Create Zone’. This area is the driver for creativity and innovation and consists of a large number of diverse informal areas and specially designed spaces for creativity and focus.
The internal functional organisation of the building utilises the idea of a city: a main staff restaurant and a Barista Bar with a vibrant ‘marketplace’ feeling, the ‘Homezone’, consisting of several ‘Home bases’ creating individual local neighbourhoods for the employees to work in, and the inner ring of the building is the ‘Meet & Create Zone’. All these public areas are part of the city concept with ‘parks’ and ‘street scenes’ to encourage a higher frequency of informal and accidental meetings.
The new easyCredit HQ is an example of successfully bringing together a new workplace concept while strongly expressing the company’s identity and culture throughout the building. Thus allowing easyCredit to clearly demonstrate its vision for innovation and setting trends in the banking sector of Germany.
Main Image Photo Credit: Christian Beutler