Entire company product range utilised in state-of-the-art headquarters
ACUTTING edge design of two four-storey buildings connected by an atrium is the new EGGER headquarters. Back in 2008 the first of now four EGGER administration buildings was built. Then the brief included an environmentally friendly design, employing EGGER products, with an open and healthy atmosphere in the company’s innovative style.
Seven years later the fourth building was completed with the distinctive EGGER look. The entire company product range is used, including those from furniture and interior design, wood construction and laminate flooring sectors.
The architecture focused on the extremely durable OSB 4 Top board, manufactured in the EGGER Wismar plant. The maximum 11.40 x 2.80 m board size is used as a reference point for the design of the modules and ultimately the buildings, with the exterior taking on a characteristic chessboard pattern.
Every module consists of five elements and offers the maximum flexibility for space – depending on the needs of the building. The proportionally light construction, following the box girder principle, is particularly efficient and suitable for large span widths. The resulting low loads can be distributed over a few wooden pillars. At the same time, the design-related boxes can be used for piping (ventilation, exhaust air, heating, cooling and water, as well as electrical systems), and are easily accessible.
Thanks to the high degree of prefabricated wood construction, the buildings were completed in only 12 months from the ground-breaking ceremony.
The EGGER headquarters consists of two four-storey buildings connected by a glass atrium. On the ground floor, there is a generous reception area and an employee restaurant where meals are freshly prepared. There are also training and seminar rooms. On the upper levels, there are enough offices for 250 EGGER employees, as well as the plant management and company management.
Creating a modern and healthy work environment was a key focus during planning. The entire design is centred on functionality and interaction. Offices, meeting rooms and common areas are open plan, to invite communication and discussion. At the same time, acoustically efficient furniture reduces reverberation times.
When designing the atrium, EGGER was firmly focused on creating a lively place. Instead of building two separate buildings, EGGER wanted to create a large, connected building, with a lightfilled atrium in the middle. Thanks to the greenery, it has the feel of an inviting, public space that can be used throughout the year. This is where customers and business partners meet, as well as employees from all departments and the company management. This is why the atrium is for many the heart of the EGGER headquarters.
By using EGGER wood-based materials from furniture and interior design, wood construction, as well as the laminate flooring sectors, the planners employed EGGER’s entire product range.
This included laminate flooring, OSB boards, timber, laminate, MDF, compact laminates, Eurodekor, ProAcoustic boards, furniture elements, Eurolight lightweight boards, as well as a large selection of decors and textures.
A furniture range was developed especially to offer suitable solutions for all office situations, from the individual workstation to the large open office. A complete system was created with the melamine-faced boards Eurodekor, Eurolight lightweight boards, as well as Compact Laminates in matching decors and colours. Good room acoustics were achieved by using decorative, soundabsorbing ProAcoustic boards in furniture and built-in cabinets.
In addition to functionality and aesthetics, the safety of the headquarters plays an important role. The basement is made of reinforced concrete and is a separate fire compartment. The ground floor and the atrium represent another fire compartment, with the kitchen being a separate sub-compartment. The three levels on top together form an additional fire compartment.
In addition to the atrium’s OSB central staircase and elevator, there are two external stair towers made of steel. These are separated from the atrium with fire resistant glazing and provide safe and short escape routes in emergency situations. Flashover protection is provided from the ground floor to the first floor via an overhanging balcony. Additional sprinklers on the two interior façades prevent the fire from spreading from one building section to another.
The balconies on the other levels are stylistic elements and also simplify the cleaning and maintenance of the building.
Environmentally friendly technologies were used in the new building to ensure sustainability, which is one of the EGGER brand values. Due to passive house components with very high insulation values, the building complies with the low-energy house standard. It is heated with district heat from the EGGER St. Johann plant and cooled with groundwater cooling. The EGGER products used for the construction are 100% recyclable and also consist of recycled materials.
The EGGER headquarters in St. Johann in Tirol. The open roof structure allows light to flood into the building. The OSB staircase is located in the middle of the atrium.