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#movingforward on the Schüco Campus

The world is changing all the time, faster than ever before. Some see it as a threat. We see it as an opportunity, leading to even more possibilities. After all, change moves us forward; it drives us onwards and makes us better. Above all, it makes us better prepared for the challenges of the future.
 

The changes at Schüco can already be seen. Renovation, newbuild, extension. An entirely new Schüco is emerging at our Campus in Bielefeld – both inside and out.

Miriam Vandieken

"How will we work together in future? How much will digitalisation change our day-to-day life? And how can we focus even more on the customer? We've been spending time trying to find the right answers. Now, we are implementing them. This will only work if everyone gets on board and works towards the same goal. Our vision for this is based on more than just a motto – it is a common inspiration, which we like to sum up in one simple phrase: #movingforward."

Miriam Vandieken, HR Manager for Culture & Transformation

More than a motto. Our approach: #movingforward

#movingforward – we will continue to encounter this phrase at Schüco over the next few years. After all, it represents what we have set out to do: never settling with what we have achieved, but going one better. Thinking ahead, continuing to work, #movingforward.


Our company has started an exciting journey. Find out here where we are right now. 

Schüco One

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Credits: 3XN Architects

Tradition meets modernity


We are expanding our headquarters to include a newbuild – an eye-catching addition to Herforder Straße, designed by renowned Copenhagen architectural practice 3XN. The newbuild connects to the existing main building, which will subsequently undergo a complete refurbishment too. This merging of buildings will create our new headquarters, Schüco One.


For our employees, this means modern offices that simplify work and communication. Different working environments come together under one roof and provide space for ideas to be exchanged more easily.

The Concept

The Concept

A gateway to the world of Schüco


The newbuild Schüco One will be connected directly to the existing main building by means of a glazed bridge. A gateway to the world of Schüco is therefore being created from the interplay of the two buildings. Schücostraße will form a centre line that connects the headquarters to the logistics centre along the Schüco Welcome Forum and car park.


The new building also blends in architecturally with the Schüco Campus by assimilating the height of and aligning with the surrounding buildings.

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Credits: 3XN Architects
Die neue Unternehmenszentrale Schüco One
Credits: 3XN Architects

The Atrium: The central backbone of the building


One atrium connects all seven floors of the Schüco One newbuild and is lit by means of a glass roof. The floors are layered dynamically on top of each other and jut in and out slightly. The interaction of the different elements creates a continuous space that flows organically, with surprising lines of sight throughout the building.


One particularly eye-catching feature of the atrium is the wide staircase to the first floor, which will be a place for meeting people and communication.

New ways of working

New ways of working

New rooms for more individuality


The Schüco One newbuild gives our employees the opportunity to work in a way that suits them. Space will be created here for different ways of working: a freely accessible ground floor with an open reception area, flexible conference rooms for seminars and meetings, as well as partitioned areas along the outer façade where people can work or make phone calls undisturbed.


In all areas of the building, the architects are striving to create space which encourages dialogue and communication among employees. They are therefore deliberately not installing corridors. Employees move in a loop around the central atrium, which creates a continuous flow without dead ends.

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Credits: 3XN Architects

Our Schüco products in use

Our Schüco products in use

Die neue Unternehmenszentrale Schüco One
Credits: Frank Peterschröder

A technological masterpiece


The architecturally sophisticated newbuild Schüco One will be created in combination with Schüco systems. Here we are demonstrating the technical and aesthetic possibilities of modern façade technology. For example, the façade units are arranged in flowing forms so that they are closed towards the south and transparent towards the north. This prevents the building from heating up, optimises energy generation and allows plenty of light into the offices, creating an atmosphere that is both efficient and pleasant.

A stripped-back aesthetic with optimal protection from the sun


The glass roof of the atrium features the switchable electrochromic glass SageGlass® which can be darkened to suit user requirements, thereby ensuring comfortable temperatures and glare protection throughout the year, while not obstructing the views from inside. Energy efficiency and user comfort are therefore further optimised, for sustainable and design-oriented architecture.

Die neue Unternehmenszentrale Schüco One
Credits: Frank Peterschröder

Outstandingly sustainable

Outstandingly sustainable

Sustainability times three


Sustainable building is part of the essence of our brand. This is why we are placing the highest requirements on our new building. The Schüco One newbuild will be the world's first building to receive not one, but three certifications: LEED, BREEAM and DGNB (German Sustainable Building Council). This is proof of far-sighted planning, high-quality aesthetics, energy-saving systems, and a modern work environment. The Schüco products installed are also Cradle to Cradle certified, meaning they are recyclable and conserve resources.


Our employees will benefit from this too, as most of the construction work will result in a building of excellent quality. For instance, the pollutant values will be extremely low and far below the legal specifications; there will be ease of access throughout most of the building; and there will be high levels of daylight.


Find out more here Sustainability at Schüco

Die neue Unternehmenszentrale Schüco One

Facts and figures

Facts and figures

Die neue Unternehmenszentrale Schüco One

Floor area: 1100 m2
 

Overall size: 7200 m²
 

Height: 29.80 m
 

Levels: 7
 

Work stations: 225
 

Architectural practice: 3XN


Schüco Partners: Feldhaus Fenster + Fassaden GmbH & Co. KG, Riedel & Söhne GmbH & Co. KG, Ventker Metallbau GmbH & Co. KG, Knaup Metallbau GmbH & Co. KG, Soreg AG, JK Metalltechnik GmbH

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Schüco Welcome Forum

Schüco Welcome Forum
Credits: one fine day/Studio Dragusha

Our guests are at the heart of it


The Welcome Forum will be an integral part of the newbuild and renovation project at the Schüco Campus in Bielefeld. Expanding the current Showroom, the Welcome Forum will serve as a first point of contact and central meeting place for guests, offering them a very special visitor experience. Embodying the welcoming culture at the heart of Schüco, the Welcome Forum will set new standards in how we present our products and take care of our guests. It will also bring together those who belong together: architects, fabricators, private clients, investors, and Schüco.


Building work in progress: Completion of the Welcome Forum is scheduled for 2022. In the meantime, visit us at one of our other Schüco showrooms.

The concept

The concept

Much more than a showroom


The development of the Welcome Forum from the original showroom is reflected not only in the extension of the spaces, but also in the concept of a holistic visitor experience. In future, visitors to the Bielefeld Campus will not only see the newest innovations in our technology and services, they will also have the opportunity to learn about our impressive Schüco machinery in the separate Fabrication Showroom. Accompanying information about the company's history and the Schüco brand will give guests a comprehensive brand experience, rounded off with a trip to one of our adjacent cafés where they are invited to stay a while. 

Schüco Welcome Forum
Credits: one fine day/Studio Dragusha
Schüco Welcome Forum
Credits: one fine day/Studio Dragusha

Focusing on the guests


The design drawn up by architectural practice one fine day is fully oriented towards the needs of the guest. By creating harmony between the interior and exterior areas, the Welcome Forum not only creates a welcoming atmosphere, but also deliberately combines the different spaces together – for a holistic visitor experience. A central foyer connects all the areas of the Welcome Forum and offers visitors a 360° view of the entire Schüco world. Large window façades and circular toplights open up the building and allow the targeted penetration of natural light in many areas. The semi-organic style of the design is underlined in the interior by curving staircases and rounded counters, and also extends to the exterior. 

Visitor experience

Visitor experience

A unique and exciting visitor experience


It is not just the unique architecture and the displayed products that will contribute to the success of the Welcome Forum; the personal experience of every single guest will too. As this is particularly important to Schüco, a sophisticated plan for the visitor experience is already being developed alongside the construction work. Every visit will be a personalised experience which will leave guests with a lasting positive impression and will allow them to get to know the Schüco brand on many different levels. We are carefully considering every step to make visits a success and to ensure that guests are happy before, during, and after their visit to Schüco.

Schüco Welcome Forum
Credits: one fine day/Studio Dragusha

Facts and figures

Facts and figures

Schüco Welcome Forum

Floor space: 4650 m²


Levels: 2


Architectural practice: one fine day


Completion: Summer 2022
 

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Schüco Corporate Services

Schüco Corporate Services

Renovation over newbuilds


Schüco Corporate Services is a modern office space on the Campus that has been sustainably renovated in line with the 'New Work' principles. From the envelope through to the new interior, a holistic approach was taken to the complete refurbishment. As the fabric of the building was in excellent condition, renovation was the clear way forward from the start. It was therefore possible to complete work on the building significantly faster and more cost-effectively than if it had been a newbuild. 


Creating a healthy work environment was one of the key requirements for the renovation of the building. The 500 m² roof area is now alive with greenery and encourages insect diversity while simultaneously minimising noise and pollution, thereby improving the microclimate both inside and outside. Due to its particularly energy-efficient properties, the building is subsidised by the German Credit Institute for Reconstruction (KfW). The Ministry for the Environment, Conservation, Agriculture, and Consumer Protection in the State of North Rhine-Westphalia is also subsidising the project. 

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Our Schüco products in use

Our Schüco products in use

Alongside energy efficiency, the seamless integration of form and function is nowadays a fundamental requirement when creating modern office buildings. And the Schüco Corporate Services building demonstrates that compromises don't have to be made in any of these areas when carrying out a renovation. 


The AF UDC 80 unitised façade gives the building a modern and timeless aesthetic. The AB ZDS textile sun shading which is integrated into the façade can be manually lowered when needed, enabling individual offices to be shaded and ensuring a comfortable room temperature. And what makes this sun shading so special is that it is integrated seamlessly in the façade, so that it cannot be seen from outside when retracted. 


Minimal face widths on the window system AWS 75 PD.SI also allow light to flood into the offices. The system combines maximum transparency with excellent insulation properties, and is therefore the basis for healthy light levels in the office and contributes towards making the building energy-efficient.

Schüco Corporate Services
Credits: Frank Peterschröder

Recycling

Recycling

Sustainable renovation at the Schüco Campus


In 2020, the building's old aluminium façade was dismantled as part of a comprehensive renovation project. The project served as a reference building for a study by the EA (European Aluminium) to confirm the high recycling rates of aluminium removed from buildings that are being dismantled. In total, the building's outer envelope contained more than 28 tonnes of aluminium. Around 98% of the material was collected when the building was dismantled and was then fed back into the closed-loop recycling process, so that it can be used in future to create new aluminium products of the same quality.

Schüco Corporate Services
Credits: Frank Peterschröder

Facts and figures

Facts and figures

Schüco Corporate Services

Floor area: 4654 m²


Height: 23 m


Levels: 7


Work stations: 160


Architectural practice: tr Architekten Tilicke + Rössing


Schüco Partner: Anders Metallbau GmbH


Completion: August 2021

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Schüco Digital Hub One

Schüco Welcome Forum
Credits: Frank Peterschröder

From production hall to new working environment


A former production hall has undergone a huge transformation to become Digital Hub One, a modern, sustainably-renovated office building in line with the 'New Work' principles. What makes it special is that, on the inside, the building's former life as a production facility can still be seen in the finer details. The principle of 'making old from new' applies to the function of the building, the interior design, the installation of new products and the reuse of the old windows and doors, which have been fed into the A/U/F recycling system. The highest standards in terms of sustainability were set for the building, with both the window units and the mullion/transom façade of the stairwells being Cradle to Cradle certified. 

The concept

The concept

Industrial charm retained


Even after the conversion, the aim was to keep as much of the history of the old building as possible. With the new design, its identity as a former industrial production hall has been highlighted. Accordingly, selected elements were retained or adapted on the inside, continuing its 'engineering' look and feel, with exposed fixtures and surface-mounted cabling with tubes and clamps made from steel. 
 


The old industrial flooring was refurbished, albeit the original floor markings were kept. Their yellow colour is reflected in matching design accents on the walls. Apart from this, the colour palette of Digital Hub One is dominated by muted colours from neutral to dark grey in combination with a great deal of black.


Der alte Industrieboden wurde aufgearbeitet, die Bodenmarkierungen dabei bewahrt. Sie werden in passenden gelben Akzenten an den Wänden aufgegriffen. Ansonsten bestimmen gedeckte Farben von neutral bis dunkelgrau in Kombination mit viel Schwarz die Farbwelt des Digital Hub One.

Schüco Welcome Forum
The former production hall before the renovation.
Schüco Welcome Forum
With the new design, its identity as a former industrial production hall has been highlighted.

Recycled and certified sustainable materials were used both inside and outside, including original vintage lights and carpets made from recycled plastic bottles. The carpets are not fixed to the floor, meaning they can be removed at a later date without leaving behind any trace. The wall cladding in the office and meeting spaces is made from fast-growing, renewable maritime pine panels and the purpose-built furniture is also certified as sustainable. 

Sustainability with Schüco products

Sustainability with Schüco products

The lifecycle at a glance: Cradle to Cradle


From building to raw material stockpile of the future. Even when the new windows and doors were installed, Schüco had its sights set firmly on tomorrow – and the recyclability of the building at the end of its lifecycle. Recyclable Schüco aluminium products were therefore used, which can be kept in a continuous recycling loop in accordance with the Cradle to Cradle principle. On the ground floor, the AWS 75.SI+ window system was installed, which is Cradle to Cradle Silver certified. Both stairwells were fitted with the FWS 35 PD.HI mullion/transom construction, a Panorama Design façade which also holds the Cradle to Cradle Silver certificate.

Schüco Welcome Forum
Schüco Welcome Forum
View inside the building after it was gutted.

In the office areas on the first and second floors, the Cradle to Cradle Bronze certified FWS 60 CV.HI ribbon window system was used. The system enables maximum transparency due to the seamless integration of vent and load-bearing structure. Fixed lights and opening units are indistinguishable from the outside. On the flush-fitted interior side, the window vents are only betrayed by a narrow shadow gap and the window handle.


During the complete refurbishment of the building, high standards were set in terms of sustainability – including when it came to the recycling and processing of old building materials. The old windows and doors were therefore fed into the A/U/F recycling system. By separating out the materials, then shredding and melting the valuable aluminium, it was ensured that new aluminium profiles will be made from the old material.

New ways of working

New ways of working

The changes on the inside are more than just construction measures. The new architecture in Digital Hub One has created a completely new working culture, a different way of working together. 159 fixed and many temporary workstations have been created on the ground floor and on the two full upper levels. The overall area of the building has been divided into zones in order to meet various different working requirements. Both dynamic teamwork and quiet, concentrated work are equally possible. To achieve this, open working spaces alternate with glazed but closed meeting areas, telephone booths and whiteboard nooks. 

Schüco Welcome Forum
Schüco Welcome Forum

Comfortable lounge and kitchen areas that are also suitable for working in are an important feature of the new spatial concept – the communicative, homely atmosphere aims to encourage networking between colleagues. The new office concept is a modern, open working environment that allows people to work faster, more flexibly and more creatively with one another.

Facts and figures

Facts and figures

Schüco Welcome Forum

Office space: 4500 m²


Architect: Nicole Becker


Schüco Partner: Main contractor GOLDBECK


Conversion: 2017 - 2019


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Schüco Car Park

Schüco Parkhaus FACID
Credits: Christian Eblenkamp

Central parking at the Schüco Campus


There are around 1800 employees working at our Bielefeld site, so sufficient parking spaces for them in addition to public transport connections is essential. With its central location on the campus, the new car park centralises parking so that all employees have short walks to their offices. The small area taken up by the car park leaves space for grass, trees and plants to grow.


What is special about the parking spaces is that they are 2.50 to 2.70 metres wide, making them significantly wider and more convenient than the standard size of 2.10 metres. Cars with a height of up to 2.10 metres can access the car park.

Our Schüco products in use

Our Schüco products in use

Our car park is not just functional, it is also a visual highlight thanks to its FACID façade. The front of the car park has a curved, wave-like design, while the other sides are less three-dimensional and in some parts are covered completely flat. This allows us to show the different application options for FACID.


Besides the unique three-dimensional structure of the car park, its impressive lighting concept also stands out. By day, the transparent material covering the building allows the levels to be flooded with natural light, while a lighting system specially tailored to the shape of the façade illuminates its 3D structure at night and forms creative light effects.


A total of 2949 square metres of textile façade cover the 18 metre-high car park. A substructure made of steel and aluminium forms the load-bearing frame, while a patented clamping system using flexholder technology ensures that the fabric is pulled tightly into all of the corners without any creases. The Teflon-coated, inflammable glass fibre fabric is tensioned in the special aluminium profiles.

Schüco Parkhaus FACID
Credits: Christian Eblenkamp

Facts and figures

Facts and figures

Schüco Parkhaus FACID

Floor area: 2665 m²


Overall size: 21,319 m²


Height: 18 m


Levels: 8


Parking spaces: 744 including 12 with electric charging points


Completion: 2019


Construction time: 1 year


Architectural practice: SCHLATTMEIER ARCHITEKTE

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Schüco Parkhaus FACID

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