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Continental Headquarters in Hanover, Germany

18 December 2023

Architects: HENN

Location: Continental-Plaza 1, 30173 Hannover, Germany

Continental Headquarters Hanover Germany

Photos © Simon Menges

Continental Headquarters, Germany

On the eastern outskirts of Hanover, the new headquarters of Continental AG designed by HENN consolidates several functions previously spread across the city in a single location. Its dynamic design reflects the company’s evolution from a pure tire manufacturer to an innovative technology group in the German automotive industry.

Continental Headquarters Hanover Germany

This project makes Continental benefit from a campus-like development formed by interlinked free-standing buildings embedded in an urban environment that includes office and administrative buildings, hotels, and industry. It is located on two plots of land separated by an eight-lane road.

The layout derives its core design idea from this location:
a complex with a ground plan inspired by motor racing circuits, which connects buildings situated north and south of the road via a bridge spanning over more than 70 meters.

Continental Headquarters Hanover

On the second floor, the Loop runs through all buildings and across the bridge as a dynamic spatial continuum that interconnects all buildings and employees. It functions as the communication center of the new headquarters, providing a wide array of spaces including collaborative work zones as well as room for knowledge sharing and informal encounters. In addition to areas for focused work, this design creates spaces for social interaction where people can meet and come together.

The Loop establishes a horizontal network of office and meeting rooms, a cafeteria, and a health center. On its northern and southern ends, it connects to the first-floor level via two ’touchdowns.’ This is where the two atria are situated, which welcome employees and visitors to the building while also providing direct links to the company canteen and a TV recording studio. The interiors of the work environments and staff canteen were designed by Ippolito Fleitz Group.

Continental Headquarters Hanover

The basic design concept thus remains clearly visible both in the interiors and outside the buildings. On the smooth glass façade articulated by dark grey profiles, color-printed glass panels mark the Loop on all sides and visually connect all buildings to form a coherent whole. Thanks to their energy-efficient inverted façade, the buildings do not require external solar shading.

The complex is embedded in a generously designed, publicly accessible landscaped area that lets the trees of the surrounding landscape permeate into the campus. The individual buildings enclose more secluded, planted courtyards providing outdoor workplaces as well as room for recreation.

The new Continental headquarters embodies the power of communication and cooperation, bringing people together under a single roof to shape the future of mobility.

Continental Headquarters Hanover

Continental Headquarters in Hanover, Germany – Building Information

Architects: HENN –

Competition: 2017, 1st prize
Construction start: 2018
Completion: 2023

Scope of work: LP 1 to LP 9 HOAI General planning building, interior design (Loop und atriums)

Typology: New build
Client: Continental AG

Address: Continental-Plaza 1, 30173 Hannover, Germany

Site area: 17,000 m² south – 1,000 m² north
Ground floor area: 46,000 m²
Bridge: Height x width x length: 5 m x 8 m x 71 m
Floors: 4 above ground, 1 below ground
Workstations: 1,200 in total – Desksharing ratio: 0.5

Continental Headquarters Hanover

Conference and meeting
Canteen and cafeterias
TV recording studio
Health center

Sustainability standards: following DGNB Platinum

Project controlling: Drees & Sommer
Architecture: HENN

Project team
Partner in charge: Christian Bechtle
Project director: Wolfram Schneider
Kerstin Behrens, Dirk Breuer,
Hyejin Cho, Daniela Damato,
Jana Ebelt, Martin Erdinger,
Oliver Franke, Hans Funk, Marta
Gałdyś, Benedikt Glampe, Niels
Henning, Katrin Jacobs, Anja
Koch, Iva Kolak, Arnd Meineke,
Axel Mierisch, Armin Nemati,
Klaus Ransmayr, Christian
Rassmann, Michael Sadomskyj,
Katja Schuppelius, Tiffany
Taraska, Thomas von
General planning Building
services Fact

Interior Design: Ippolito Fleitz Group and HENN (Loop and atriums)

Priedemann (Façade consultant),
Atelier Loidl (Landscape architecture),
wh-p Ingenieure (Structural engineer),
DS-Plan Ingenieurgesellschaft für ganzheitliche Bauberatung und Generalfachplanung (Building physics),
Moniteurs Kommunikations design (Signage),
Lichtvision (Daylight planning),
agLicht (Artificial light planning),
PKE (Media technology),
Soda (Kitchen planning)

Manufacturers Construction:
Franki (Deep foundation),
Papenburg (Underground construction),
Züblin (Shell and steel construction),
Rohlfing (Steel construction bridge),
Sommer Fassadensysteme (Façade ground floor),
Dobler Metallbau (Façade upperfloors and glazing atriums),
Bölling (Roof),
Jäger Ausbau GmbH (Fit-out and carpentry),
Schreiner Coburg (Orientation system),
Goldbeck (Parking),
Sieveke (Daycare),
Mull & Ohlendorf (Outdoor facilities)
Building services:
Engie (Ventilation system),
Caverion (Sanitary, heating, cooling),
Bauer (Electrical),
Sauter (IT and security technology),
BSS (Fire-extinguishing system),
Schindler (Elevators)

Schüco (Façade system),
St. Gobain (Façade glazing),
Storama (Solar protection),
Jäger System (Glass partition walls F0),
Promat (Glass partition walls F60/90),
Jäger Bodensysteme (Double and cavity floors),
Rehburger Beton- und Marmorwerk (Ashlar),
Agrob Buchtal, Villeroy&Boch (Tiles),
Interface (Carpet open space),
ege Carpet (Carpet meeting space),
Haufe (Louvre ceiling),
Knauf (Plasterboard walls and ceilings),
Hörmann (Steel doors),
Stöbisch (Smoke and fire protection curtains)

Continental Headquarters Hanover Germany

Photography © Simon Menges

Continental Headquarters in Hanover, Germany images / information received 181223

Location: Hannover, Germany, western Europe

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