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New Ways of Working

Peter Weidenhöfer

HENN Akademie, November 7, 2013

In this major project, the bank is refurbishing its 1981 high-rise in Munich from the ground up and changing it into a Green Building in accordance with its self-instilled commitment to sustainability. The refurbishment of the HVB Tower is not an everyday architectural challenge, because this project is about the refurbishment of an urban design landmark. The HVB Tower is a sculpture, a unique building with a fascinating design and impact, even today. The tower has always been a vital piece of the HypoVereinsbank’s identity. Future, progress, timelessness, quality and design are visual ambassadors that the building conveys from the outside. It is essential for this claim to be continued inside the building for everyone to see. The spatial reinterpretation builds on the principle of the original design: the pattern for a flexible and future-oriented office space structure capable of adjusting itself to changing office routines. A current example is “Smart Working”, the new organisational paradigm at the HypoVereinsbank. Instead of fixed workplaces, the employees have the option, depending on their type of duties, of taking a space in one of several different working environments. One is a “quiet zone” for conceptional tasks requiring concentration. Others include “co-working zones” for project work with one or more colleagues and the “business lounge” for informal exchanges. The pilot project has been running since the middle of 2012 in one HypoVereinsbank building for several hundred staff in Munich’s Tucherpark.

Peter Weidenhöfer, born in 1969, studied supply engineering in Munich and has been the chairman of HVB Immobilien AG since 2009. Prior to this we was at the helm of the Corporate Facility & Infrastructure Management and headed the Real Estate, Logistics and Security department of HypoVereinsbank respect. UniCredit Bank AG.

Peter Weidenhöfer