At the headquarters of the EMAG group in Salach (Baden-Württemberg), the Neugebauer + Rösch architects' office completed another construction phase. In the summer of 2019, after a construction period of only 12 months, a three-lane meeting hall, a three-story office and training space directly connected, as well as parking for representative visitors have been completed.
Office building new building extension factory hall EMAG. Photo: Dietmar Strauss
Trapezoidal sheet of facade assembly hall. Photo: Dietmar Strauss
Coherent suite of the architectural concept
With more than 3,000 employees worldwide, EMAG manufactures precision metal parts production systems. The architects of Stuttgart had already built in early 2003 in the premises of the company in Salach, near Göppingen, the meeting building and the administrative building. The factory and office areas blend seamlessly into each other. This concept of combining office workstations with production and logistics spaces has been systematically pursued for the southern extension of the central EMAG site.
Front view office bar Neubau. Photo: Dietmar Strauss
New building of the meeting room south view. Photo: Dietmar Strauss
The rest of the architectural concept is also reflected externally: the new assembly hall is covered with the same trapezoidal sheet laid horizontally as the existing halls, while the glass-aluminum facade of the office section continues on the facade of the adjacent existing building.
Architectural enthusiasm for the customer as a basis for good industrial buildings
Neugebauer + Rösch Architekten were already active as planners for this medium-sized company in Salach as well as other sites in Germany and China. For Robert Rösch, the enthusiasm for architecture and quality standards of the senior EMAG leader, Norbert Heßbrüggen, constitute an important foundation for the high quality of construction, which was also achieved in l & # 39; extension. According to the planner, this is unusual: "All SMEs in Baden-Wuerttemberg do not understand the benefits of good architecture," says the experienced architect.
Office bar with views of the facade in the closed state. Photo: Dietmar Strauss
Meeting room in the office wing with a view in the meeting room. Photo: Dietmar Strauss
Direct visual relations between offices and production
The new building, consisting of a meeting room and an office building, adjoins the existing office and hall areas at a 90-degree angle. The three halls of a width of 24.00 m and 22.50 m and a hook height of 9 m, as well as a logistics area arranged transversally for loading news machines, have a useful area of about 10, 000 square meters.
Office floors are completely open to the installation areas thanks to the glazing all over the surface. The filigree glazing, barely perceptible visually, the high white painted airspace and bright ships of the lobby go directly into the work areas of the office bar. "The direct spatial connection between offices and production is rather rare in industrial construction," explains Robert Rösch. But this architectural concept corresponds to the philosophy of the family business, continues the architect: "We see and work together at eye level".
View of the meeting room at the training wing and offices. Photo: Dietmar Strauss
Development between the office wing and the assembly hall. Photo: Dietmar Strauss
Approximately 4,000 square meters of gross area are available on all three floors above and below the bar. In the basement there are changing rooms, heating and ventilation. The training center is located on the ground floor. Here, customer training takes place near the machines built in the assembly hall.
On the two floors of upper offices are provided about 140 workplaces, u. at. for the design offices. Here too, employees benefit from the direct visual relationship between planning and execution: the top is being built, the bottom is being assembled.
The meeting room and the office bar form a fire section
Also in the method of construction, the new building is based on existing buildings. The assembly hall is designed as a steel-framed building, the office building as a solid reinforced concrete construction with a suspended facade.
As the new halls dramatically increased the usable space, a firewall had to be installed on the stock. For this purpose, prefabricated reinforced concrete columns were placed on partially existing foundations and filled with cellular concrete elements. Two doors that close automatically in case of fire connect the extension to the existing one.
Tea kitchen between the assembly hall and the office wing. Photo: Dietmar Strauss
No fire protection is required for the large glazed walls of the office building. The new building could therefore be designed as a fire section without subdivision. Only the basement is separated.
Photos: Dietmar Strauss
Office floor of wardrobe. Photo: Dietmar Strauss