Deutsche Börse, Eschborn

How can a building foster good communication within a company?

Transparency, openness, and sustainability – these were the guiding principles in our design for Deutsche Börse. We wanted to create a building that defined a company’s identity and not only brought added value to the heterogenous setting of the Eschborn district but also embodied the corporate values of Deutsche Börse Group.

Floor-to-ceiling windows for the office spaces, glass dividing walls for corridors, and glass railing panels along walkways and bridges: The open architecture of the Deutsche Börse head office makes the activities of those working inside it entirely transparent. We used glass to create visual axes within the building, including across different levels. Glazed elevators and open staircases connect different floors and ensure everything is close at hand, while discussion booths, viewpoints, wide corridors and roof terraces offer additional space for exchanging ideas and information –an important factor in a good communication culture.

More than 900 works by around 90 international artists go to make up the “Art Collection Deutsche Börse”, which we present in the lobby and on the exhibition level on the first floor. The organization’s own collection of contemporary photography further enhance time spent in the building and brings Deutsche Börse’s cultural commitments to life.

Through openness, visual references, spatial connections, and places for informal discussion.

Project: Deutsche Börse, Eschborn

Client: Lang & Groß Projektentwicklung

GFA: 78,000 m²

Work places: approx. 2,000

Start of construction: 11/2008

Completion: 06/2010

Awards: LEED Platinum, Europäischer Architekturpreis 2012 Energie + Architektur, Anerkennung Green Building Award 2013

Photos: Jean-Luc Valentin

“Our goal was to create a striking, identity-defining building that is representative of Deutsche Börse as a company,” says architect Jürgen Engel.

The Deutsche Börse head office in Eschborn offers space for informal discussion and an exhibition venue, and – not least – is pioneering in terms of sustainability: As the first high-rise in Germany to do so, the building was awarded LEED certification in platinum by the U.S. Green Building Councils.

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