Having already successfully completed concepts with Vitra in Austin, Texas and at the head office in Duderstadt, the medical technology company Ottobock renewed the partnership when planning and implementing a project in Berlin. Here the Development, Product Management, Project Management and Strategic Purchasing departments as well as the Management Board were to relocate from Thüringen to the former Bötzow brewery in Berlin – a listed building carefully restored by Chipperfield Architects.
The product developers now work together on one floor, grouped in clusters in an open-plan workshop that facilitates interaction. The Product Managers are housed on the floor above, close to the development process. The layout promotes work and communication channels in a functional manner, while the raw workshop character of the furnishings reflects the faithful restoration of the historic interior – without neglecting a certain degree of comfort and modernity.
David Chipperfield Architects
Thanks to the carefully coordinated selection of materials and colours available in the Vitra Colour & Material Library, products by Vitra can be effortlessly combined to create diverse, individual collages.