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Berlin to go, english edition, 03/2019

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PERSPECTIVES BEAUTIFUL

PERSPECTIVES BEAUTIFUL NEW WORLD Zalando’s headquarters at Berlin’s East Side Gallery are more than just a statement; they embody a cutting-edge approach to work Zalando is a part of Berlin, and Berlin is a part of Zalando. Especially since the end of June, the capital and the online mail-order company have combined forces in unique ways. At their new headquarters in Friedrichshain, the company has managed not only to make a bold statement, but also to round off the sweeping Zalando campus in a fundamentally new way. A minimalist glass façade with concrete pillars and simple wooden stairs in a multiple-storey atrium; the design concept behind Zalando’s new headquarters was inspired by Berlin itself. The structure reflects two key components of the capital’s vibrant flair, namely openness and creativity. As Zalando VP Corporate Real Estate Raimund Paetzmann notes, „The way a building is designed and furnished has an impact on the way we work. In the past, offices reflected hierarchies and classic silos. Today, our new headquarters were built to encourage people to move between floors without having to use an elevator. This makes for random encounters between different workspaces and teams.” The new headquarters consist of two structures, an x-shaped and an o-shaped building. The first is home to 1,500 work stations on seven floors with a total of 30,000 square meters. The second features a showroom and an auditorium for hosting major events such as press conferences and presentations. The look and feel of the buildings was created in cooperation with the construction company Porr, the client UBM, the architect Henn and the interior designer Photos: © HG Esch, © Svenja Krüger 28

Kinzo. The structures form the latest and final addition to the 100,000-square-meter Zalando campus in Berlin-Friedrichshain, located near the East Side Gallery. It is a site brimming with history, and just like the people who work at Zalando, the location today is exciting, hip and diverse. The complex offers plenty of room for joint projects, creativity and flexible work. More than 6,000 Berlin-based employees work together in the multiple-building complex to perfect the company‘s vision – which is to become the first stop for fashion. Staff members have a wide range of facilities available to them: fitness rooms, prayer rooms, open work areas and relaxation areas as well as a rooftop terrace with a basketball court. Like all other Zalando sites in Germany, the Zalando campus is powered exclusively by green electricity. “Our new headquarters and the entire Zalando campus allow us to work together even more effectively to develop innovative solutions for our customers. The complex is a place that Wide open spaces for creativity at the new Zalando headquarters brings our employees closer together, and it represents another milestone in our growth. We look forward to the next decade of Zalando history,” says Michael Menz, SVP Corporate Governance and Corporate Real Estate at Zalando. VISIONS FOR BERLIN. HAPPY BIRTHDAY BERLIN PARTNER! taurecon.com29

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