Draft 1014-3, Henn GmbH
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Continental Awards Planning Contract for the Construction of its New Corporate Headquarters

  • The design from the Henn architectural firm (Munich) is to be implemented
  • CEO Dr. Degenhart: “The design symbolizes and promotes the culture of innovation and networking at Continental from an outstanding architectural perspective”
  • Work is set to start in April 2018

Hanover, June 7, 2017. Technology company Continental has decided on an architecture partner for the planned construction of its new corporate headquarters in Hanover. The planning contract has been awarded to the architecture firm Henn GmbH, Munich. A panel of judges comprising ten representatives from Continental, the city and the city council, as well as expert judges and other experts recommended the implementation of this design. The design was selected from the three designs that had made it through to the final round. Renowned architecture firms from Germany and other countries took part in the competition, with a total of 13 designs submitted. In addition to the architecture firm Henn, the other finalists, announced at the end of April, were KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten GmbH, Frankfurt am Main, and gmp International GmbH, Hamburg.

Drone footage of the building site © Continental AG

“The design from architecture firm Henn symbolizes and promotes the culture of innovation and networking at Continental from an outstanding architectural perspective. It meets our demand for agile, flexible and interconnected collaboration throughout the entire organization. We were particularly impressed by the opportunities presented by the variable design of the interior. We envisage workplace concepts that enable our employees to both concentrate fully on their work and continually develop and apply their creativity and openness,” said CEO Dr. Elmar Degenhart as the judges concluded their meeting.

Prof. Dr. Gunter Henn, CEO of architectural firm Henn GmbH, Stefan Schostok, Mayor of Hanover, and Dr. Elmar Degenhart, CEO of Continental AG, (f.l.t.r.) reveal the design of the new Corporate Headquarters of Continental in Hanover. © Continental AG

“Continental and Hanover have belonged together for almost 150 years. The new headquarters of this long-standing company represent a solid partnership that is set to continue for many years to come. Continental’s new main office building will stand out on the eastern approach to the state capital of Hanover and, as it has done for several decades, give our city a real eye-catching piece of architecture,” commented Mayor Stefan Schostok.

This design shows three buildings on the construction site to the south and four buildings on the construction site to the north. The buildings all have different geometric styles and each plot has its own parking garage. A bridge concept that links all parts of the building creates space for creativity and the exchange of knowledge and provides a platform for spontaneous and free communication throughout the campus. The outdoor area built over various levels provides a smooth transition to the public spaces. Open-air zones at different elevations provide opportunities for sport and recreation.

“The central idea behind our design is a bridge system that represents interconnectivity and promotes communication between employees. We’re delighted that the jury and the client, Continental, have awarded us this project, which is exciting and demanding from both an architectural and a corporate culture perspective,” added Professor Gunter Henn, general manager of architecture firm Henn.

All 13 designs that were submitted to the architecture competition will be on display to the public from June 9 to July 6, 2017, on the exhibition floor (second floor) of the city building authority at Rudolf-Hillebrecht-Platz 1, Hanover. The exhibition is open from Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Entry is free.

Further details regarding the schedule for the new construction will now be agreed upon. Construction is set to start in April 2018. Employees should have been relocated by the company’s 150th anniversary in 2021.


Nicole Göttlicher

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