hahn & kolb
HAHN + KOLB Werkzeuge GmbH added a new chapter to its 100+ years of company history when its new building in Ludwigsburg opened. The Stuttgart architect Sigrid Hintersteiner designed a future-oriented sales, technology, and logistics center that comfortably serves about 300 employees for the company, which has been a part of the Würth Group for over 20 years. It was natural to embrace the dynamism and innovative skills of the tool service providers and system suppliers in the new building’s architecture. The new structures on the city outskirts are instantly eye-catching, as they rise dramatically to the north at a 45° angle. An urbanistic entrance to the Weststadt area of Ludwigsburg, which is where the new building is located, is being developed.
The structures are attached to already existing commercial buildings. The building’s main entrance is on the north side, over the head office of the distribution and sales center. Here, the façade is tilted, bringing the visitor properly into the foyer. On the ground and first floors (or second floor by US terms), the two parts of the building are connected by the lounge, restaurant, and presentation areas, which together form the core of the building. As a result of the liberal use of glass, the interior atrium, and roof glazing, the company’s employees have bright, light-flooded rooms available which provide necessary space for creativity and the successful advancement of the company.
INOCLAD Engineering provided highly complex façade and entrance elements, which consistently follow a future-oriented energy plan. Therefore, exclusively high-tech materials are used for the exterior of the building. HAHN + COLB’s company building was constructed with renewable technology and innovative energy production, complying with the Passivhaus energy efficiency standards.
- Client: Hahn + Kolb
- Location: Ludwigsburg
- Year completed: 2014
- Architect: Dr. Sigrid Hintersteininger, Stuttgart
- Services provided: Aluminum-glass and steel-glass post-and-beam façades, element façade, all-glass vestibule, steel-glass entrance door system, aluminum panels, sun protection