从黑伦贝格到纽约 | From Herrenberg to New Work
无论伦敦、柏林还是纽约，到目前为止，富有创造力的人似乎更向往大都市。但Roman Klis Design设计公司的总部有可能快速改变这种情形——因为在黑伦贝格这座市镇中座落着“设计中的马尔代夫”：这是一家生意遍布全球的品牌设计代理机构，在与保时捷咨询公司的合作中，Ippolito Fleitz Group集团成功将新办公室转型，办公场所变为一个真实的向往之地。转换过程中结合了雇主的品牌身份、行为认知，当然还不能缺少建筑师的主张，即为应对任何挑战准备巧妙的解决方案。转型的结果不仅限于外观表面上——它对员工的生产力也做出了具体贡献。
London, Berlin, New York: Creative minds have always tended to gravitate towards big cities. With the new headquarters of Roman Klis Design, however, this could be set to change, because ‘the Maldives of design’ are in Herrenberg, a provincial town in southwest Germany. Ippolito Fleitz Group cooperated with Porsche Consulting in transforming the globally operative brand design agency into a ‘New Work’ office, successfully remodelling the workplace into a locus of desire. The transformation brought together the agency’s brand identity, insights from behavioural science and our ambition to provide a smart solution to every challenge. The new office is not only a pleasure to behold – it makes a substantial contribution to boosting the productivity of the agency’s workforce.
▼总部外观，exterior view of the headquarters ©Philip Kottlorz
创造成功 | Creating success
Smart solutions require a fundamental understanding of the organisational structure in question: Work worlds only fulfil their objective if they succeed in infusing the space with the spirit of the company. Roman Klis is a highly successful designer and an exceedingly approachable individual. His mission is to breathe soul into his brands: A pursuit that doesn’t stop at his own front door. A man like Klis understands the importance of thinking space and an appreciative leadership style, particularly when it comes to creative endeavour. Not for nothing has he been singled out as ‘Top Employer’. Yet despite his friendly nature, a good entrepreneur is always concerned with strong performance: “Our claim is Creating Success. Though we live for impeccable, beautiful design, it must be based on a strategy that is on a straight path to success.” All this should be rendered tangible in the new interior design.
▼总部首层的公共休息空间，the lounge area at the ground floor of the headquarters ©Philip Kottlorz
在设计方面鼎力相助：保时捷 | Partners in design: Porsche
One key success strategy is called nudging: This Nobel Prize-winning organisational development employs findings from behavioural psychology in a subtle yet targeted way. Using minute yet considered interventions in daily processes, employees are guided almost effortlessly toward greater productivity. It works because nudging works with human instincts and not against them. Dr Freibichler from Porsche Consulting is a nudging expert. He understands that factors like an office spatial concept exert a strong influence on employee satisfaction and long-term company loyalty. What a good designer with enough experience will do instinctually, he has documented in black and white in the form of compelling research findings. In the Herrenberg project, Freibichler was responsible for all manner of insights that complement a space: including digital nudges, for example. This partnership formed a basis for a holistic interior concept that reconciles the human element with business objectives in a playful way.
▼总部入口处的前台接待区，设有旋转楼梯，the reception area with the spiral stairs ©Philip Kottlorz
▼旋转楼梯细节，details of the spiral stairs ©Philip Kottlorz
职场绿洲 | Workplace oasis
First off, we added a new workforce of 2,100 super-performers in the form of green houseplants. They engender a good mood, lower stress levels, boost creativity and enhance performance. Moreover, they improve air quality and overall well-being, as well as diminishing noise levels. They even assist in employee acquisitions – and are extremely easy to handle. The only input they require is regular watering. The nudger knows: Houseplants are motivational power plants. And in fact, the newly greened interior not only increased humidity from 18% to 44%, but decreased the number of employee sick days by 50%.
▼设有绿植的办公空间，the workplace with green houseplants ©Philip Kottlorz
▼绿植改善空气质量及员工总体满意度，降低噪音水平，the houseplants improve air quality and overall well-being, as well as diminishing noise levels ©Philip Kottlorz
▼绿植细节，details of the green houseplants ©Philip Kottlorz
▼绿植空间与休息空间相结合，the rest area complemented by houseplants ©Philip Kottlorz
Juhu-原则 | The yippee principle
One fascinating challenge in this project was to completely transform a building without interfering in the existing structure in any way. A fundamentally different atmosphere was achieved by changing the ceiling landscape. The existing panels were allowed to stay, but these were supplemented by coloured strips. In place of grey metal ceilings, colour gradients create a new spatial depth and a considerably improved mental balance. Blue is a calming colour – and also promotes creativity. A gradual progression into white brings additional openness and lightness to the space. Walkways have been kept neutral to promote concentration. The pale pink walkways are genuine mood boosters and, incidentally, increase empathy amongst employees.
▼办公区域保留了嵌板，但加以彩条作装饰补充，the existing panels of workplace ceiling are allowed to stay, but these are supplemented by coloured strips ©Philip Kottlorz
▼去掉灰色的金属天花板后，将颜色作渐变处理，创建出新的空间深度，in place of grey metal ceilings, colour gradients create a new spatial depth ©Philip Kottlorz
▼办公区域内蓝色渐变的天花板和郁郁葱葱的绿植，the graduated blue ceiling and houseplants in the workplace ©Philip Kottlorz
▼粉红色的走道空间，the pale pink walkways ©Philip Kottlorz
Thoughtfully placed water sources and tasteful lighting help bring about an even better mood. Tropical wallpaper meets soft shapes and round tables. And the nudge insight that central Europeans only feel part of a group of up to 24 people was taken into account in every zone.
▼热带风格壁纸与柔和的形状及圆桌相呼应，tropical wallpaper meets soft shapes and round tables ©Philip Kottlorz
▼热带风格壁纸细节，details of the tropical wallpaper ©Philip Kottlorz
Despite this, much more space for communication has been created overall – which was an explicit wish of the employees, but also a requirement of a changing work culture in which information exchange and a sense of cohesion and belonging play an increasingly important role. The only exception is an impressive vestibule that puts many a hotel lobby firmly in the shade. And the new café on the upper floor provides an atmosphere in which to refuel and hatch out fresh ideas. The positive mood that carries Roman Klis through life has been transported into the furthest corner of the agency. The end result is not only a workspace that triggers an immediate buzz amongst clients and employees alike, but above all a dynamic basis for effective agile working. Because ultimately, performance is considerably enhanced when employees enjoy what it is they do. Oh, and while we’re on the topic of enjoyment: Roman Klis’s favourite word is ‘yippee’ – something you can certainly shout out loud in an office such as this.
▼首层平面图，ground floor plan ©Ippolito Fleitz Group
▼二层平面图，first floor plan ©Ippolito Fleitz Group
client: Roman Klis Design GmbH
year: Realisiert (2019)
size: 2000 m2
Team: Arsen Aliverdiiev, Timo Flott, Christelle Foulon, Fynn Freyschmidt, Roger Gasperlin, Tilla Goldberg, Lena Grzib, Jonathan Hernandez, Christian Kirschenmann, Axel Knapp, Ju-Mi Lee, Tim Lessmann, Mario Rodriguez, Charlotte Scheben
photography: Philip Kottlorz