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For the headquarters of the Wüstenrot & Württembergische (W&W) group, Ortner & Ortner Baukunst created a campus, the layout of which is reminiscent of a uniformly developed village. The modern concept is perfectly suited to the dynamic office environment, which is also optimized acoustically thanks to the Prime Line room divider system. The W&W Campus, which is due to be completed by 2023, aims to bring all the group’s companies together on one site – and thus to continue what began in 1999 with the merger between Wüstenrot and Württembergische Versicherungen. At a site in the town of Kornwestheim, around 20 kilometers outside Stuttgart, a modern office campus has evolved that emphasizes both the history and the regional roots of both companies. This was preceded by an architecture competition from which Berlin-based architects Ortner & Ortner Baukunst emerged the winners in 2014. As a reminder of the history of Wüstenrot, seven four-story office buildings are grouped together in a loose structure reminiscent of a village arrangement on a campus featuring terraces and walkways. Like a village high street, all the shared functions are aligned on a connecting axis and can be easily reached on foot. The numbering system of the individual buildings follows the familiar pattern – with the even numbers on one side and the odd numbers on the other. In line with the regional campus concept, the meadow orchards surrounding the site have also been incorporated. The first phase of the project was completed in winter 2017 and two office buildings could then be occupied by around 1,200 employees.

In the second phase, which is already under way, five further buildings are to be built and the campus completed by 2023, with 4,000 employees then accommodated there. Short channels will then define the new site. Already, the campus is reached via a reception area that has been kept spacious, with the material of terrazzo, wood and exposed concrete already predominant here. The café, which is clad in wood and glass and is curved in form, and bright communication zones welcome employees and visitors. Inside too, the campus buildings prove to offer a modern, transparent and dynamic working world: The open desk concept practiced here fosters agile working and helps to ensure that office spaces and workstations are used more efficiently thanks to spatial and organizational flexibility. Team offices promise multifunctional use: Each office module includes three individual offices and two open administration desks, along with 28 open desk workstations, which are arranged around a central zone. This offers additional places to work, be it in a quiet space or a meeting area, and stowage space. Each day, employees can choose freely which is the best space in which to carry out their tasks, and can make use of think tanks or alcoves, for example. When it came to dividing up the space, the designers opted for the Prime Line system from AOS. The screens placed behind the desks combine easily with the electric height-adjustable desks, while to the side, most of the workstations are divided off by a combination of classic partition and the slatted solution from the Prime Line system. The slats represent transparency and offer a soothing visual shield from the office environment. Think tanks placed in the central zone are also clad in acoustic surfaces and slot into the modern office environment, which provides for highly focused and communicative work alike.


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