Extension FANUC Headquarters
The expansion project for Fanuc – a Japanese global market leader for automation systems – is based on two primary aims for their Europe headquarters: Urbanistically the proposed new structure is forming a distinctive head-end building with a representative gesture at the eastern city entrance, presenting both starting and ending point to the Fanuc campus. Architecturally the project develops a building with distinct identity and high recognition value, taking on design elements of the existing buildings without copying them.
The two main components of the brief – a technicum and a conference/administration area – are reflected as two autonomous typologies in form of a flexible hall and stacked office platforms and deliberately arranged next to one another to optimise each structure individually for their respective purpose. Inside, a hidden courtyard is placed at the intersection of the two structures to provide good daylight conditions, views from the office through to the hall and hereby connecting theory and practice symbolically.
Corresponding with the existing buildings, the external language of the new campus addition is defined by a reduced material palette. A metal skin entirely envelopes the continuous building form composed from the horizontal hall and the vertical office platforms to underline the single material approach and to form a united, coherent whole. Excluded from this universal metal curtain, a transparent glass facade opens towards the building head to emphasise the entrance gesture of the new building completing the family of buildings on the Fanuc campus.
Client: FANUC Europe GmbH
Competition: January 2020, 3rd prize
Location: Neuhausen auf den Fildern
Gross floor area: 5,600 m2
Model: Béla Berec, Esslingen
Renders: Ponnie Images, Aachen