Dorma Headquarters, Ennepetal
How to give a 1960s corporate HQ a new identity?
Preserve the existing structure while building something new: That was our goal for the transformation of the Dorma headquarters in Ennepetal. In pursuit of corporate architecture, we redesigned the headquarters and at the same time tapped into the resources and potential the existing building offered. Using the grey energy of a building, expanding its core in a logical way, and transforming it intelligently – that’s what resource-saving building means to us when it comes to modernizing conversion.
Economical building is a foundation for good planning: We save resources and look for innovative approaches and new materials. Yet building from scratch is not always the best solution. For the Dorma headquarters, we modernized and expanded the nine-story existing building from 1968.
The user needed more space, a new energy concept, and contemporary workplaces for different forms of working. In order to adapt the building structure accordingly, we modernized the building technology, reconfigured the floor plans, and added a transparent glass façade. This looks modern and offers a view deep within: The vertical layering of entrance areas, open office levels and three additional levels including a roof garden becomes recognizable. The steeply angled pylons on the recessed additional floor form the structure for the new floors and the glass shell. Intelligent expansion and efficient modernization – this is what conversion efforts can look like.