Gerhard List, CEO of List AG, is currently developing an office concept with our office for two new locations of his company. We spoke with him about the requirements of modern office environments.
You are currently planning two new office buildings for your company. What office concept are you implementing with brandherm + krumrey?
The office of tomorrow must be able to do many things. It has to be “loud and quiet,” as Raphael Gielgen, Head of Research at Swiss design company Vitra, put it. We need a high degree of flexibility to be able to constantly adapt our office world to our respective requirements. That’s why we avoid stationary, rigid fixtures as much as possible and plan buildings from the inside out. The building envelope follows this idea through a clear, simple structural concept of columns and beams, which creates approximately 3,500 square meters of office space on two levels with a ceiling height of six meters (!).
What are your requirements for the planning work?
Despite all the formal simplicity of the appearance, we still attach great importance to high architectural quality. Essential for the functional concept, however, are not the facades, but the interior. For its development and design, we needed a partner with a great desire to implement such an extremely flexible office world with a high quality of stay. In the area of workplaces, everything should be as mobile as possible, so that employees can dynamically populate their environment and design it according to their personal needs. The input that brandherm + krumrey has given us on this during the planning process so far has been very convincing.[vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”54168″ img_size=”full”][vc_single_image image=”54170″ img_size=”full”]What do you particularly appreciate about the collaboration?
We appreciate the professionalism and the exchange – technically precise and personally pleasant. For us, of course, the office experience is very important. They have been thinking intensively about future forms and needs of office work for a long time and translate this into successful interior architecture and design. We are burning for a common cause and it is good to have a partner at our side who reflects our ideas and realizes them together with us.
Do you think that the experiences from the Corona crisis will continue to have an impact on the development of office work?
We’ve been talking for years about digital forms of work such as video conferencing, which now suddenly work. That will certainly remain. I also think that a high degree of flexibility in office work will endure. It will probably become more diverse and colorful. And we will be more open to change.
Their company develops and implements, among other things, real estate projects in the office sector. What do you expect in terms of future market development?
The question is currently being asked whether we will need fewer office properties in the future. Against the backdrop of home offices and video telephony, one might assume so. However, I tend to believe that we will have different offices, not fewer. However, the demand for flexible and intelligently planned office environments will remain very high.