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Zalando Headquarters

Facts and Figures
Company PORR GmbH & Co. KGaA, pde Integrale Planung GmbH
PrincipalMGO I + II Development GmbH & Co. KG; Projektgesellschaften der Münchner Grund Immobilien Bauträger GmbH
LocationBerlin - Germany
Type Office, M&E planning, Architecture, Building physics, Fire protection, Building Information Modeling, Structural engineering
Service duration09.2016 - 09.2018
Runtime09.2016 - 09.2018

Zalando makes room for growth.

Two new office buildings with whose construction PORR was commissioned were built at the Berlin head office of the renowned German on-line shopping firm that sells shoes and fashion. Together, the two buildings have a gross floor area of approx. 50,000m².

The two newly erected buildings are featuring office space of 28,700m² and 13,300m². The architectural draft followed the typical Berlin perimeter block design. However, the courtyards are relocated to the properties’ outer edges and thus provide a connection to public spaces. The translucent façade areas give the buildings an air of transparency and airiness. 

Future Working

Zalando is a leading on-line fashion retailer in Europe and also applies innovation and creativity to the design of its new headquarters in Berlin. The new headquarters is supposed to provide an appealing work environment meeting all demands towards modern and flexible work space. Design and execution of this complex concept are accordingly demanding.

The heart of the main building is the vertical atrium, which extends over the entire height of the building and brings daylight to the ground floor.

The central lobby is flanked by a staircase with seating and lounge areas and can also be used for events.

In the so-called living rooms, social interaction is promoted by meeting places in many forms: seating landscapes in coworking look, kitchenettes with wooden tables and bar stools, a balustrade with space for the laptop and an unobstructed view through the entire atrium. The exchange and networking between these common areas on the individual floors is additionally promoted by outdoor stairs.

Construction and planning from a single source

PORR’s scope of services not only included the construction of the new buildings but also their general design and the entire execution planning courtesy of pde Integrale Planung GmbH. PORR experts deployed from Berlin and Düsseldorf thereby made sure that the fields of architecture, superstructure design, technical building installations and sustainability were optimally by using the BIM method (BIM stands for Building Information Modelling).