thyssenkrupp is a company with a history stretching back over 200 years and many good traditions. That’s one of the reasons why in 2010 the Group built its new headquarters, the thyssenkrupp quarter, in Essen. Comprising a total of 13 buildings, the open-plan campus is located right next to the Krupp family’s ancestral home. It provides a modern and convenient working environment for employees.
Our quarter: A place for dialogue and communication
Over 3,200 employees from the Group’s parent company and all five business areas currently work in the thyssenkrupp quarter.
The aim is to enable all functions and units in the Group to communicate directly with each other face to face. We want openness to be our way of life, and the campus was designed with this in mind.
The “shell/core” principle
The basic design of all campus buildings reflects the harmonious interplay between architecture and space, as a symbol of dialogue and communication. All buildings consist of at least two L-shaped volumes surrounding a shared central space. This creates two types of façade – one facing the central space with the courtyards and atriums (the “core”) and the other facing outwards and relating to the open spaces (the “shell”).
The warm, sunny colors of the sheet metal of the “core," which is illuminated in the twilight and night hours, create a strong contrast to the rough, metallic external “shell.”
A lot is also going on under the “green carpet” of the thyssenkrupp campus: A clever logistics system has been created underground.
Generously sized underground garages connect all buildings in a sophisticated traffic system, keeping the entire campus car-free.
Avenue of the Worlds
The “Allee der Welten” (Avenue of the Worlds) in front of the Q2 forum reflects the international character and global reach of thyssenkrupp. The 68 trees planted here come from five continents.
In the selection process, attention was paid to creating diversity within the campus – similar to Essen’s Hügelpark where the Krupp family once planted trees from all over the world.
Two 25-meter-wide and 28-meter-high windows in Q1 open up the view into the interior space from the south and north and at the same time provide an outlook over the campus and far beyond.
The lack of frames or sash bars on the windows creates the initial impression that the panoramic windows consist of a single giant pane. An equally important role is played by the slender support structure for the windows. For this a point-fixed glass system was used in which the panes are clamped to a vertically and horizontally pretensioned cable truss facade. The panoramic windows thus not only provide transparency – they are also an engineering masterpiece symbolizing the innovativeness of thyssenkrupp.