It is not for nothing that Bundesstiftung Baukultur included the commercial premises of the Hansmann construction company in Haslach in its “Workplaces of the Future” series. The acclaimed company building differs from other commercial buildings owing to its coherent architecture and energy concept, which reflects the company’s corporate philosophy.

Project details

Project Hansmann Headquarters in Haslach, Germany
Client Herbert Hansmann Bauunternehmung GmbH
Architects Harter + Kanzler Freie Architekten BDA, Freiburg
Facing bricks Terca Tallinn water-struck brick in tobacco-beige
Floor area 2 974 m²

Hansmann Headquarters in Haslach, Germany © Olaf Herzog

Hansmann Headquarters in Haslach, Germany © Olaf Herzog

Hansmann Headquarters in Haslach, Germany © Olaf Herzog

Hansmann Headquarters in Haslach, Germany © Olaf Herzog

Hansmann Headquarters in Haslach, Germany © Olaf Herzog

Hansmann Headquarters in Haslach, Germany © Olaf Herzog

Hansmann Headquarters in Haslach, Germany © Olaf Herzog

Hansmann Headquarters in Haslach, Germany © Olaf Herzog

The beginning

The assignment of the architects was to produce administrative and storage buildings with a net floor space of almost 3,000 square metres for the company specialising in fair-faced concrete. The company employs 45 people, most of them at construction sites. In addition to the material and equipment stores, a carpentry workshop for the production of concrete formwork was also required. A wood chip heating system, which is fed with waste wood, was installed on a basement level underneath the warehouse.
The discussion between the architects of Harter + Kanzler Freie Architekten BDA, Freiburg, and the building owner, Ingeborg Hansmann, focused on material qualities and aesthetics as well as functional aspects. How can we “translate” quality requirements into architecture? How is the performance spectrum of the construction company reflected in the design?
 

High quality remains visible for decades to come

For the building owner, the authenticity of materials was of paramount importance. Construction materials and components should demonstrate experience and craftsmanship. Fair-faced concrete, which is known for its clarity, was selected and used for construction. In contrast, façades and floors were built of brick. With this, the architects also covered extension works as a field of activity of the Hansmann Company. Hardly any other construction method provides such an eloquent testimony to craftsmanship as a brick façade. Each joint must be positioned accurately.
“With great commitment, our employees constructed the building. Whilst concrete pillars and beams generate a delightful interplay of light and shadow, the Terca Tallinn water-struck bricks in warm tobacco-beige provide a beautiful contrast to the fairfaced concrete surfaces. Each brick is unique; the high quality will remain visible for decades to come”, said Ingeborg Hansmann.

Design and material quality enhance the corporate image

Project manager Armin Stoll also regards fired clay as a high-quality and durable building material. “Our office often uses doubleskin façades. We appreciate their expressive power and durability. The challenge of this construction was to find the correct architectural language for the building owner. The combination of materials and timeless design has brought about a considerable image enhancement for the construction company.”

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