HassiaGruppe Offices – Bad Vilbel

Ippolito Fleitz Group designed a colorful and playful space for the HassiaGruppe offices in Germany, incorporating open-plan areas, flexible work zones, and natural elements.

  • Client HassiaGruppe,
  • size 16,652 sqft
  • Year 2022
  • Location Bad Vilbel, Germany,
  • Industry Food / Beverage,
  • Ippolito Fleitz Group completed a colorful and playful space for the HassiaGruppe offices in Bad Vilbel, Germany.

    HassiaGruppe, headquartered in Bad Vilbel in Hessen, is Germany’s largest brand manufacturer in the soft drinks sector. In 2018, prestige brand Bionade joined the portfolio of the over 150-year-old, family-owned company. A wide spectrum of brand values merge in the company’s new office building: a pioneering spirit and innovative drive meet tradition and solid entrepreneurship. This not only means a change of space, but is also the right time to reflect on working environments and work culture at Hassia. Key to the new approach are communicative places where a common corporate culture can emerge. In designing this open-plan office, we have chosen a room-in-room system that combines order and freedom, while allowing for flexible, changeable spatial zoning.

    The new office building is located in a heterogeneous commercial and residential area. Architecturally, it is characterised by a clear external pull in all directions. Alcoves that project outwards through the façade, two bridges that connect the existing buildings – the office clearly seeks contact with its environment. As a central hub, it is open to all by definition: business partners, service providers and guests, as well as employees from technology and administration. We translate this openness and responsiveness into an interior design that celebrates togetherness as an integral part of the corporate culture. It is designed to unite what belongs together – HassiaGruppe as a multi-layered company with a unifying purpose. Applied to the work environment and working methods, this means departing from silo mentality and embarking on a journey that embraces exchange and joint innovation. The office offers a framework with sufficient potential for innovative friction to achieve just this.

    The ground floor is the central locus for cultural exchange. Featuring a well-stocked bar, the space makes a powerful corporate gesture that extends a welcome to employees and guests alike. Everyone is invited to work, think and celebrate together. At the same time, the bar is a representative place designed to properly showcase the HassiaGruppe’s full product range. With its communication spaces, lounge quality and beverage offering, the ground floor is no classic reception area, but more an open space for hospitality.

    Being able to cook together during the lunch break brings the company together around one table. Such informal exchange creates bonds and gives employees the sense of belonging to a larger whole. The ground floor also offers space for lectures, meetings and co-working. The stepped seating area, which is open to all sides, can be used for spontaneous meetings, as well as for events and townhall meetings. A circular meeting island can be closed off behind a semi-opaque curtain or left as an open and flowing space, depending on the occasion.

    With a flexible room-in-room system on the upper floors, we provide a zoned work landscape, in which a suitable location presents itself for every task. Storage spaces, whiteboards and acoustic panels are flexibly integrated into the frame system. Around the building’s core of functional areas and zones for concentrated work, a mix of different work typologies emerges: open areas that encourage exchange and collaboration, as well as workplaces that allow for concentrated, heads-down work. This mixture makes the space part of change management, and shows that open-plan space can mean both exchange and retreat. The workplace is the entire building.

    Alcoves extrude outwards through the façade of the building. Here you sit amidst the treetops or with a view over the production halls. The alcoves serve as places of retreat or as meeting niches. And thanks to the fabulous views, they entice you to let your mind wander. Because besides concentration, collaboration and communication, contemplation, the targeted switching-off of the mind, is also an important mode of work. And the company proudly displays its working culture to the outside world. Openly transparent and unabashedly innovative.

    The top floor is the creative tree crown. A large meeting room with a mobile partition wall and non-static furnishing encourages agile working practices. Surrounded by lush green planting, the Innovation Pavilion is a creative jungle – and anything but a classic conference room. Combined with the roof terrace, a space is created for a new kind of togetherness. Up here, far-sightedness and an unobstructed view of the big picture prevail.

    These multifaceted layers bring the office to life; while its modular structure allows for completely different zoning and use of space in the future. An office that grows with the requirements of the company and does not stand in the way of change, instead inviting you to keep trying out new things.

    Above the main entrance, we make a strong statement about the importance of nature and sustainability: We have planted a fruit tree orchard, thus creating a green, living oasis in the midst of industrial production halls. Because tradition, naturalness and freshness are values with which employees and visitors can identify in a positive way. Last but not least, the apple trees stand for the basic principle behind Bionade – of making a new, natural, fruit-based soft drink using traditional beer brewing methods.

    The building envelope also flies the flag for sustainability. A disused Bionade brewing kettle was melted down to create the copper skin for the building. The façade design thus picks up on the history of the brand and connects it with the modern working world – incorporating the brand essence and corporate history into the building’s DNA to striking effect.

    Another equally effective acoustic element is the wooden wall panelling that runs throughout the office. It refers to the naturalness of the company’s products and, taken with the trees in front of the building, literally turns the office into a treehouse. A final highlight are the deep-blue wall tiles on the ground floor, which recall the typical colour of a drinks crate. They are a real eye-catcher and show how something as complex as brand identity can be transported in a single tile.

    Design: Ippolito Fleitz Group
    Architect: feuerschmitzbeckmann
    Construction: Conduk, Das Plaschke Projekt
    Photography: Philip Kottlorz