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068 PROJECT / DER SPIEGEL HQ CANTEEN, HAMBURG, GERMANY


The large-scale light dishes use intense yellow to divide the space into zones. This colour generates a positive atmosphere in the space, even on grey days, which is an integral part of the lighting concept.


yellow over orange to red – colours that both refer to the colour of Spiegel’s logo and to Spiegel’s long history of applying Panton’s colouring. In the triple-height room towards ’Fenster zur Stadt’, elements from the old Spiegel cafeteria are reused in the new staff canteen and thus emphasises, and continues, this history. Gunter Fleitz, partner at the Ippolito Fleitz Group, comments: “Our deliberations began with a question: could we integrate Verner Panton’s iconic facility into a new concept? After careful consideration we decided against adopting the facility. One factor which spoke against redeployment was the polygonal format of the new building, where Panton’s square-based modular con- cept would inevitably lead to virtually un- controllable spatial remnants. Furthermore,


the new building offers little in the way of large, continuous walls which are crucial to the Panton concept. The old building had three separate, compact spaces which Pan- ton enlivened with the dynamic forms and colours of his ceiling topography. The new space, however, covers a large area and gives a strong horizontal impression. But above all it seemed logical to us to comple- ment the new architecture of the building with contemporary, future-oriented interior design – exactly what Panton’s facility once was for the previous building.” The employees’ canteen was and is a call- ing card of the Spiegel Group, reflecting its journalistic philosophy as much as its culture of dialogue – not least because of its prominent position in the building and its high visibility from the exterior. Nonetheless


it is a space which looks inward, only acces- sible to Spiegel employees and their guests. That means it isn’t a ‘brand space’ as such. The building distinguishes itself through its exposed position on the water and its mod- ern architecture, expressed in the vertical interior space of the 14-storey atrium. The floor plan of the canteen defines a large, polygonal space whose strong horizontal emphasis is further highlighted by the unin- terrupted row of windows on two sides. Because the space had to be flexible, it was soon clear that the ceiling design would be the distinguishing feature of the canteen. Reflecting both this fact and the harbour location, Ippolito Fleitz Group developed a matt shimmering ceiling that reflects light in much the same manner as water. It is formed of 4,230 discs made of micro-perfo-


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