Euler Hermes, the world's leading credit insurer, moved its Hamburg-based German headquarters at the end of January 2020. The six-storey new building with a surface area of around 31,500 sqm is located in the immediate vicinity of the previous company location in Hamburg-Bahrenfeld. The building was completed at the turn of 2019/2020. With the "Euler Hermes Quartier", Euler Hermes is focusing on sustainability and a new, modern working environment with an open, bright and communicative atmosphere. The approximately 1,100 employees at the Hamburg location will in future work in a modern office landscape with many Biophilic Design components, which can be felt throughout the building and are intended to increase the well-being of the employees.
The Hamburg-based planning office sbp was responsible for the interior design of the entire design concept. The innovative design concept with multispace structure ensures that Euler Hermes' corporate culture is optimally expressed in these areas. Parameters such as structural rethinking, flat hierarchies and digitalisation play a decisive role in the development of a modern working environment. Communication is also to be promoted in an overarching and decisive manner. Furthermore, sbp developed identity-giving and varied special areas as well as additional work opportunities for all employees, thus ensuring a high-quality working environment and better work organisation overall.
Green is good for you: Various studies have shown that more naturalness in the office building can make everyday work between desk and conference room more satisfying and healthier. People have an innate affinity with nature - this increases concentration, well-being and commitment for many employees and significantly reduces stress.
The aim of sbp was therefore to increase the satisfaction of each individual through an attractive environment, as well as to minimise stress factors and impaired concentration as far as possible. By using Biophilic-Design as a design method, sbp transferred the positive effects of nature on people into the building in a targeted manner and in various forms. With a balanced mix of biophilic colours, shapes, structures, large graphics and the use of natural plants, sbp evokes positive associations with nature and also ensures optimal orientation in the building. On each of the six floors, one type of plant serves as the thematic design basis: natural forms were sketched out in the wall and surface design. The complementary interplay with variable colour contrasts makes the special areas easily distinguishable. Spacious, atmospheric catering areas on the ground floor with a high quality of stay allow for all-day use. Due to the high transparency of the facade, the building is also open to the outside and reflects the corporate culture.
With the "Euler Hermes Quartier", Euler Hermes is focusing on sustainability: the building is DGNB Gold certified, and electricity consumption has also been reduced by an estimated 80% compared with the previous locations, while heat consumption has been cut by as much as 87% and water consumption by 70%.