New Green Unilever Headquarter in Hamburg
Located in Hamburg’s HafenCity on the Elbe River, Unilever completed construction of their greenest headquarters. Designed by Behnisch Architects, the building takes advantage of lots of daylight supplemented by efficient LED interior lights and state of the art heating and cooling systems to cut its energy footprint by 4x. The exterior of the building uses a new type of skin which deflects the intense winds that came across the river.
The interior of the Unilever HQ is designed like a vertical village. Multiple levels connect to each other. The spa, stores, and café on the first floor are open to the public, extending the social context of the building to the city. The upper stories link private and public workspaces with large informal seated areas around the central atrium. The open floor plan uses an atrium to anchor satellite work spaces.
The building is designed to provide Unilever’s 1,200 employees with a collaborative environment that is healthier than the company’s last HQ in a standard office tower. The plastic skin was conceived to save money without compromising on the performance of a double glass facade. The building also features chilled concrete floors and ceilings which keep the interior comfortable. Unilever’s claim that it is one of the most sustainable office buildings in Europe.