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HENN and C.F. Møller Architects win hospital project in Braunschweig, DE

13.04.2018 – 

C.F. Møller Architects and HENN have been awarded the contract for the general planning services for the building projects of the Städtisches Klinikum Braunschweig (Braunschweig Municipal Hospital) in the course of a negotiation procedure.

The architectural programme includes a new building and further building work on an existing shell construction. In addition, the various different buildings on the site are to be amalgamated to form a cluster. In order to achieve this, an open and connecting “Magistrale” (main thoroughfare) is to be created. This is designed to act as the main artery of the building complex, interlinking all the relevant sectors with each other; bundling the movement flows of visitors, patients and staff; and creating visual interactions between the architectural parts via adjoining atriums. The total volume includes 12.730 m² of new-built, 35.500 m² of addition and 28.330 m² to rebuild.

Second joint win in Germany
The project is the team’s second large hospital assignment on the German market: In 2017, C.F. Møller Architects and HENN jointly won an international competition to extend Germany’s most iconic hospital complex, the listed 1970’s high-tech University Hospital RWTH Aachen. The existing building will be expanded with a new, partly subsurface, volume, containing a central surgery area, including intensive care units and a new public entrance hall. State-of-the-art surgeries and ICUs make it the most important component of Aachen‘s healthcare provision.

Richtfest Zalando Headquarter in Berlin, DE

19.01.2018 – 

Auf dem Zalando Campus in Berlin wurde am 18. Januar 2018 das Richtfest für das neue Headquarter von Zalando gefeiert. Die Bauarbeiten des Neubaus laufen wie geplant und die Fertigstellung ist für Herbst 2018 vorgesehen. Der Hauptsitz wird das zukünftige Herz des Zalando Campus, der die verschiedenen Berliner Standorte von Zalando an einem Ort bündeln soll.

Anlässlich der Fertigstellung der Rohbauarbeiten und der Dachkonstruktion des neuen Bürogebäudes von Zalando wurde das Richtfest gebührlich gefeiert. Den Auftakt zur Veranstaltung bildete eine Podiumsdiskussion zum Thema „Berlin 2030: Perspektiven und Spielräume“, an dem der Bauherr UBM Development AG, das Deutsche Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, Berlin Partner und der Bundesverband Deutsche Startups teilnahmen. Raimund Paetzmann, Vice President Zalando Real Estate, betonte, dass Zalando ein Berliner Unternehmen ist und es auch bleiben soll. „Wir freuen uns, ein Teil der Stadtentwicklung von Berlin zu sein.“

Completion of the Protein Centre in Halle, Germany

10.01.2018 – 

The new Protein Centre Halle has been completed according to the design by HENN. In autumn 2017, the federal government and the state of Saxony-Anhalt handed over the research building to the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg. In the new building 255 biologists, chemists and physicians will be researching in more than 5,000 square meters of office and laboratory space.
The Protein Centre Halle unites 13 research groups in the fields of biology, biochemistry, pharmacy and medicine under one roof and thus represents a significant research center for protein biochemistry at Martin Luther University.


HENN wins the competition for Xi’an Chan-Ba Free Trade Center

02.11.2017 – 

HENN wins the competition for an office and shopping complex in Xi’an, a city of four million inhabitants in the heart of China. The design envisages five buildings of differing heights, rotated at an angle of 45 degrees to the north-to-south axis. This reduces the wind loads from the predominantly easterly winds. It additionally enables an optimal exploitation of daylighting on all four sides of the buildings, whereby the staggering of the heights is a further design mechanism that likewise allows sufficient sunlight to enter all the interior parts of the building. At the lower levels the buildings are interconnected by means of open and closed circulation routes, creating a diversity of spatial experiences.

Communication Landscapes - an installation at Seoul Biennale 2017

23.10.2017 - On the occasion of this year’s Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism HENN presents, in partnership with Technische Universität Darmstadt, an interactive installation that explores the idea of Industry 4.0, digital craft and human/machine interfaces. 

It presents the positive aspects of the automation of production. New lean and clean production methods enable a departure from the centralized industrial model of the 20th century, creating smaller, decentralized production units that can better match today’s urban and social fabric. This represents, so to say, an analogy to the model of craftsmanship prevalent prior to the Industrial Revolution, whereby in this case production no longer resides with the artisan but with a machine. The premise of the model is that it enables the creativity of individual production to be distributed among the wider population rather than being concentrated in a single person. At the same time, Communication Landscapes visualizes the complex but far-reaching impact of such technologies on the construction industry – with all its economic and ecological consequences. Customized constructional parts lead to an optimized use of material and increase the physical efficiency of a building as a whole. Individual detail solutions manufactured on-site enable an efficient design process and increase precision.

The Seoul Biennale runs until November 1st 2017

Martin Henn, Giovanni Betti, Saqib Aziz, Stefano Arrighi (HENN)
Oliver Tessmann, Andrea Rossi (TU Darmstadt, Digital Design Unit)

ABB Germany
Thibault Schwartz (HAL robotics)

InnoChain Winter School 2017 – Public Sessions

28.09.2017 - HENN is hosting the InnoChain Winter School 2017 and we herewith cordially invite you all to join us for two days of presentations, discussions and an exhibition at our office in Berlin.

Public Sessions and Presentations
October 12 – 13
Doors open at 9 am

Exhibition Opening
October 13
3:30 pm

Alexanderstr. 7, 8th floor
10178 Berlin

The new five

To strengthen and further develop our office, we have enlarged the circle of Partners. Congratulations on their appointments go to:

Hans Funk, Joachim Grund, Klaus Ransmayr, Berthold Staber and Fredrik Werner

The new Partners have particularly improved the design quality, optimized our project work, successfully promoted employee development and also raised our international reputation. We look forward to further successes and wish the "New Five" all the best in their new roles.

More info: Team > CEO & Partners

HENN builds office building in Hafencity Hamburg

13.09.2017 – 

The HafenCity in Hamburg, on the northerly part of the former free port, has been expanding for over ten years now. A highly densified business location is in the process of being planned in the Elbbrücken district to the east, situated on the longest dock of the HafenCity. The Pier is the first cornerstone of this so-called Übersee district, creating a prominent anchor point for the development project. Located on the central Vespucci-Platz, the office building incorporates the existing topography and extends it interiorly in the form of terraced levels. These are accessed via open stairs, which breach the girders and columns of the stringent architectural grid of the building, winding spirally upwards around the central atrium. Co-working zones are located on every level with varying amenity values – the so-called “5 Districts”. Each of them is supplemented with individual workplaces. By this means the interior – characterised by a diversity of visual axes and varying spatial heights and transparencies – is cast in a constant interplay between concentration and communication. In terms of urban planning, the building, with its imposingly projecting tower, consciously occupies centre stage. Deeply set arcades open the building out to the square. The Pier is currently in planning, with completion set for 2020.

HENN and University Darmstadt Digital Unit at 2017 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism

September 2 - November 5, 2017

Visitors will interact with a real-time robotically-driven production line. The design of objects is algorithmically based on visitors’ sounds translated into virtual geometry and materialized by an industrial robot. Prosumers create their own unique objects, while at the same time generating a silent community of voices, a Communication Landscape

Seoul Biennale

HENN at 100 Architects of the year 2017, Seoul

HENN will be part of the KIA Convention Exhibition in Seoul presenting "Continental Headquarters" 

Culture Station 284 / 1 Tongil-ro / Jung-gu

September 5 - September 9 
10am - 7pm