On Thursday, 17 December 2016, Philips celebrated the inauguration of its new headquarters for Germany, Austria and Switzerland (DACH) at Röntgenstraße in Hamburg-Fuhlsbüttel. The new Philips campus close to Hamburg Airport will house all divisions from research, development and production to sales and marketing under one roof. Offering 13,500 GFA on six floors, employees will be able to enjoy a creative working environment with theme worlds. 200 invited guests from politics and industry attended the official inauguration ceremony, including Hamburg’s First Mayor Olaf Scholz and Alexander Otto, CEO of the project partner ECE.
Oldest German Philips Site
“As a long-established Hamburg-based company, Philips combines tradition and innovation in a unique way. Not only as global market leader in lighting, but also as key player in our Life Science cluster, Philips repeatedly set standards”, said Olaf Scholz, First Mayor of the Hanseatic city. “May the new Philips campus be place of dynamics and ideas that continues the success story and add many more chapters”, Scholz continued, thanking the company and its employees.
“Workplace Innovation” Concept Stimulates Flexibility At Work
In the new headquarters in Fuhlsbüttel, Philips introduced an innovative and flexible work environment for its employees. Called “Workplace Innovation” concept (WPI), it consists of modern working approaches, functional, inspiring and attractively designed premises for various activities, creative theme worlds, and advanced information and communication technologies.
The spacious architecture of the new headquarters facilitates the room mix. Thus, open workspaces for teams are directly surrounded by spaces for special activities, for instance concentrated work in focus laps, as well as so-called “touch-down” place. Meeting and creative spaces are provided for discussions and brainstorming sessions, while creatively designed “Breakout Areas” allow casual get-togethers. Philips’ latest innovations are being presented to future customers in showrooms with stylish ambience. The Café Philistro and the redesigned cafeteria invite staff and visitors alike to take a break and enjoy it.
Central as Showcase
In addition to bundling activities, the entire new building is a showcase: “Customers can experience our innovative Philips LED lighting systems in the new headquarters”, said Roger Karner, CEO Philips Lighting DACH. “Employees can set the lighting at their workplace to their individual needs. Based on the biological effects of light, the light adjusts to the natural rhythm of daylight. The systems thus have a positive effect on the health and wellbeing of employees. They promote the concentration at work. At a finger tap, the light in meetings and creative spaces and lounge areas can be switched from functionally-clear light to an atmospherically evocative ambience”, says Karner. In addition, the systems will save around 70 per cent of energy and CO2 compared to conventional solutions.
In Hamburg Since 1927
Hamburg-Fuhlsbüttel is the oldest Philips location in Germany and has been linked to the its development of healthcare since 1927. Innovations such as digital X-ray or pioneering X-ray tubes technologies have been developed here. “With the new headquarters, we have significantly extended the former factory and created a landmark for Philips in Hamburg. In connection with the campus, we consolidated the foundations that will continue to emerge breakthrough innovations and services at this location. In addition to the immediate vicinity of the airport, the integration of sales with research, development and manufacturing in one facility is a great advantage, which can be used very well for customer visits”, emphasises Diedrich Dirks, CEO DMC and Business Leader GTC.
Developed By Hamburg-Based ECE Group
The new Philips HQ were developed, designed and built by the ECE, also responsible for the former Philips headquarters built in Hamburg-St Georg in 2005. The 40 million euro project has already received the Silver precertification of the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB). Alexander Otto, CEO of ECE, is pleased about the successful cooperation: “With Philips, we have a partner at our side who, like us, puts the focus on sustainable development. So, we jointly created a custom-tailored high-tech campus with modern and attractive working environments, which reflects the processes and the future needs of the company. “