TKEZ Architects finished headquarters for N26 in Berlin. Architects have generated a new style open office concept with convincing spatial qualities, CI branding, and custom furniture design for 90 employees.
The new N26 office is located on the last floors of a Berlin Plattenbau building from the DDR times. With the views over the Spree river on one side and the typical Berlin courtyard on the other.
The main concept was to preserve the concrete structure of the Plattenbau, leaving the concrete prefabricated elements of the ceilings and columns exposed. To this bare structural concrete, TKEZ has added tactile surfaces and colorful textures. Architects have also designed the matrix of numbers and digits, derived from the bank’s code, which is covering the floor surface of the open office spaces in white letters.
The strong linearity of the building is enhanced by the layout of the floor plan with the workgroups, meeting rooms, single offices, and breakout spaces such as a lounge space, the kitchen as an informal meeting space, and telephone booths only on one side towards the spree river. The natural lighting situation and workplace comfort are optimized this way. One slender continuous linear lighting element stretches down the 30m hallway while the pendant lights above the workbenches are arrayed perpendicular.
The other part of the office forms the big former ballroom. TKEZ also exposed the rough concrete structure and beams of the space, showing the huge dimension and generated a strong visual impact by the linear light strips which are designed to create a “movement of light” through the ample space. The movement of the light develops from head height when one enters the space and rises up to a height of 6m at the end of the space above the gaming gallery. This large ballroom also serves as a place for presentations and meetings on the wide tribune steps.
Photography by Benjamin A. Monn 2017