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PROJECT / TALANX OFFICE BUILDING, HANOVER, GERMANY


parapet panels and triple glazing that reflects the surrounding countryside. The energy use for heating, cooling, ventilation and lighting is less than 100 kWh/m2. Ground floor areas with room-height glass walls and meticulously planned open spaces anchor the office wings into the surround- ing landscape and lend the structure of the building a light, transparent look, an impression that is only reinforced on enter- ing the atrium. The sweeping glass façades and the glass roof supported on an elegant steel structure produce an interior space that is bathed in light, housing a reception and event area for up to 1,500 visitors, a cafeteria and an informal meeting point as well as providing the central interface with the directly adjacent office floors. Tropp Lighting Design was responsible for the artificial and natural lighting design, working closely with ingenhoven architects throughout the building. The atrium’s generous size makes it a spec- tacular space during the day when natural light streams through the glass facade and


at night when the artifical lighting creates a theatrical atmosphere but at the same time gives the building an aura of elegance. This effect is generated by 80 HIT 150W Stella spotlights from ERCO that are arranged on the sixth floor at the periphery of the atrium. Low window sills and glazed façades also allow daylight to penetrate deep inside the building.


The capsule-shaped building has an undulat- ing glass roof that rests on four lean steel stilts giving the appearance that it is float- ing. The roof could not have any technical equipment attached to it so it is highlighted by ERCO Trion uplights mounted on stilts to produce smooth gradients. The build- ing cores with emergency stairs, adjoining rooms and meeting points mark out the transition between the atrium and office premises on each floor. The architects de- signed the stub-shaped office corridors that branch off from here with room-height glass walls throughout, in keeping with HDI’s corporate culture of openness. On all storeys, meeting points adjoining the


A workplace designed to foster a sense of well-being: state-of-the-art architecture and lighting deliver excellent lighting quality and an appropriate feel-good ambience in Talanx’s new office building.


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