The state insurance company LVA required a new regional headquarters for their previously dispersed offices, which had been located in and around the medieval city center of Lübeck. LVA’s new suburban site needed to offer compensatory attractions - namely, a much improved and more generous working environment allowing panoramic views of the historic city.
The building respects the complex organizational demands of the different departments, while creating a series of focus points to promote staff communication and offer respite from cellular office spaces.
These special places include the central multi-story entrance hall, which operates very much as a “market square”; the restaurant, which extends into one of the landscaped courtyards; the rooftop conference rooms, offering a decidedly different geometry; the tea kitchens, designed as “sun spots” and communication areas; the sports hall; various circulation areas, such as corridors, galleries and open stairs, which create horizontal and vertical links, niches and spatial contexts; and the roof terraces and greenhouses.
Behnisch & Behnisch
1992, 1st prize