Office Building with Training Workshop / Barkow Leibinger Architekten

© Zooey Braun

Architects: Barkow Leibinger Architekten
Location: Hettingen,
Architect in Charge: Klaus Reintjes
Project Team: Wiebke Lemme (Project architect), Michael Johl, Ruwen Rimpau
Client: TRUMPF GmbH & Co. KG
Management: Kerler | projekt + Konstruktion, Sigmaringen
Structural Engineering: IB Breinlinger, Tuttlingen
Mechanical Engineering: Rentschler & Riedesser Ingenieurschaft mbH, Filderstadt
Project Area: 1,570 sqm
Project Year: 2007-2009
Photographs: Zooey Braun

This 1,500 sqm addition to the TRUMPF companies is located in Hettingen, Germany a small village in the Swabian Alb, mountains to the south of Stuttgart. Forests, rock-outcroppings, and the meandering Lauchhart trout stream on the valley floor mark the picturesque valley it is located in. The addition essentially caps-off the existing factory and fronts the valley to the north, like a dam, marking a final completion of the village at this approach. The north façade faces a natural preserve where no further construction is allowed.

floor plans
© Zooey Braun

The two-story structure of consists of shop spaces at the ground level for young trainees and office spaces above. The structure employs truss bracing at the opposing corners, which cantilever out creating protective canopies for the delivery trucks below. The cantilevers span partially over the stream whose surfaces reflect light and movement onto the repetitive aluminum and glass primary façade.

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Cite: "Office Building with Training Workshop / Barkow Leibinger Architekten" 24 Apr 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 25 May 2015. <>
  • Frederic Louis

    Not so handy that those steel columns are placed in the middle of the space. Now you don’t have a realy polyvalent space (for future use).

  • Yorik

    But the plans are marvelous of simplicity…