THYSSENKRUPP QUARTIER, HEADQUARTER, ESSEN
Facts & Figures
The ThyssenKrupp Quarter was constructed on the historic premises of the former Friedrich Krupp cast steel plant, a downtown area of around 17 hectares approx. 1 km west of Essen’s city center. It provides space for more than 2,000 employees. The landmark visible from a great distance is the cube-shaped, 50 m high main building “Q1”, which was inaugurated on June 17, 2010. Further buildings, among them a forum and other administrative buildings, round off the ThyssenKrupp Quarter.
ECE as general planner was mainly responsible for the overall design of the ThyssenKrupp Quarter. Already the international architectural competition for the ThyssenKrupp Quarter in 2006 was organized by ECE. The architectural offices “Chaix & Morel” from Paris and “JSWD Architekten” from Cologne were chosen as winners. During the construction phase, ECE coordinated the around 50 involved planning and expert offices, drew-up the execution drawings, carried out the awarding of construction services to around 80 construction companies and took over the site supervision.
With the filigree construction made of glass and steel, high energy efficiency and usage of geothermal energy, the ThyssenKrupp Quarter is focusing on trend-setting developments as ecologically sustainable workplace. The building “Q1” was honored with the DGNB Certificate in Gold by the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) for the environmentally-friendly overall concept.
Around 700 trees, numerous green areas and a more than 200 m long and 30 m wide water axis improve the Quarter’s microclimate. Also the heat and cold stored in the soil are geothermally used. From the offices’ waste air is energy regained. A newly developed sun protection system consisting of approx. 400,000 centrally controlled slats creates pleasant indoor temperatures. The rainwater collected on the roofs of the ThyssenKrupp Quarter is fed to the lake in the adjoining Krupp-Park. From there, it enters the Emscher River thus considerably contributing to the improvement of water quality.
Programming, architectural competition, general planning and project management