Adidas World of Sports Arena / Behnisch Architekten

Adidas World of Sports Arena / Behnisch Architekten

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Herzogenaurach, Germany
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Behnisch Architekten
  • Area Area of this architecture project
    52000.0 m2
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Adobe, Autodesk, BOS GmbH Best of Steel, Boon Edam, CBL Chemobau Industrieboden, ECO Schulte & Co KG, FINDEISEN, GEZE, GUTMANN Bausysteme, Gerflor, Kährs Parkett, Lindner, Maars Deutschlang, McNeel, Neuform-Türenwerk Hans Glock GmbH, Pagolux Interieur GmbH, RAICO, Renz System, Schindler Aufzüge und Fahrtreppen, Schuco, Tarkett, WAREMA Renkhoff SE
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  • Design Team

    Stefan Rappold, Conny Wust, Nadine Hoss, Carina Steidele, Dennis Wirth, Nevyana Tomeva, Martin Buchall, Jorge Carvajal, Laetitia Pierlot, Saori Yamane, Adriana Potlog, Ioana Fagarasan, Anna-Lena Wörn, Abdalrahman Alshorafa, Arlette Haker, Hamdy Saflo, Matteo Cavalli, Mahboubeh Shoeybi, Andreas Peyker, Nadine Waldmann
  • Clients

    Adidas AG
  • Structural Engineering

    Werner Sobek Stuttgart GmbH
  • MEP

    Rentschler und Riedesser
  • Electrical and Artificial Lighting

    Raible+Partner GmbH & Co
  • Fire Protection

    Endreß Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH, Oehmke + Herbert
  • Building Physics

    Bobran Ingenieure
  • Façade

    KuB Fassadentechnik
  • Lighting Design Special Areas

    Bartenbach GmbH
  • Kitchen Design

    SODA Project &Design GmbH
  • Transport systems

  • Signage, graphics

    Ockert und Partner
  • Landscape

    LOLA Landscape
  • Contractor

    Ed. Züblin AG
  • Steel Construction

    ARGE WoS Stahlbau – Züblin Stahlbau GmbH, Stahl + verbundbau GmbH
  • Konrad Knoblauch GmbH

  • Ganter Interior GmbH

  • Room-in-Room Solutions

    RENZ System Komplett Ausbau GmbH
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Text description provided by the architects. The adidas ARENA forms a distinctive landmark on the adidas World of Sports campus in Herzogenaurach. The new office and reception building marks the campus’s main entrance, welcoming visitors to the adidas group’s World of Sports headquarters and lending it a strong visual identity. The ARENA’s architecture is both functional and expressive, its sculptural shape emphasizing the passion for sports that adidas represents. A floor area of 52,000 square meters provides nearly 2,000 employees with modern and sustainable workspace organized on flexible, organic principles.

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© David Matthiessen

The architectural idea behind the ARENA building is predicated on a finely balanced interplay between transparency, landscape, and a modern concept of work based on communication and interaction across professional fields as well as responsiveness to future developments. The result is a striking landmark formed by an abstract volume housing three workspace floors that hovers above a modeled landscape. This sculpted hill accommodates the building’s entrance area, part of which is publicly accessible, leading to a vast bright atrium suitable for a variety of events.

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Third floor plan
Third floor plan
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The heart of the ARENA building is the dramatic floating staircase in the atrium. Rising through the bright and spacious light well, it takes employees up to the three-story workspace section and offers exciting views into the atrium, across the open-air level out over the campus, and up to the office floors. A central “main street” links these three levels both vertically and horizontally to create a space akin to a lively marketplace suspended in mid-air.

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On each floor, the “main street” is adjoined by six kitchen hubs representing six “key cities” characterized by distinctive materials, colors, and types of furnishing to form individual addresses within the building. Neighborhoods take shape and extend into the workspace, encouraging the development of differentiated local identities in line with the “key cities” concept. On all three floors, work areas alternate with areas for formal and informal meetings and recreational zones. They are organized as variegated clusters around light wells of different sizes optimized to supply ample natural light.

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© David Matthiessen

The facade was equipped with a specially developed sun control and shading system adapted to the orientation of each facade. It optimizes the interplay between maximum light transmittance, including in winter, and minimum heat gain. The fixed external shading system mainly consists of opaque and perforated sheets mounted on an aluminum frame. Thanks to its implementation of up-to-date energy-efficiency standards and extensive use of recyclable materials, the building has been submitted for LEED Gold certification.

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The architectural design, which represented a significant challenge in terms of structural engineering, was realized using a steel-and-concrete construction and a system of slanted steel and concrete supports. For its achievements in structural engineering, the ARENA building was honored with the Engineering Award of the German steel construction industry association bauforumstahl e. V. early in 2019.

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Address: Adi-Dassler-Straße 1, 91074 Herzogenaurach, Germany

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Cite: "Adidas World of Sports Arena / Behnisch Architekten" 04 Sep 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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