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Balanced to Perfection: An Engineering Firm's Stuttgart Headquarters

Previous spread: In the Stuttgart, Germany, headquarters of engineering firm Schlaich Bergermann und Partner, Ippolito Fleitz Group used structural columns to mount custom laminate covered storage cabinets, yielding cross-shape dividers throughout the five office floors.

The client designed the stair’s sand blasted-steel treads, which lead from the ground floor to the main reception area on two.

Across from reception is a gallery with custom MDF plinths for displaying project models and a runway of polyester carpet.

The black bands across from the elevators are magnetic so they can host metal-framed artwork.

Meeting areas in the canteen near the kitchen on the communication floor include the custom lacquered- MDF coffee bar and Lievore Altherr Molina tables and Junya Ishigami chairs grouped on ovals painted on the concrete floor. Beyond the window wall is a terrace.

A table by Gianluigi Landoni and Arne Jacobsen chairs compose a semiprivate meeting area on the communication floor.

The five office floors have custom lacquered-MDF workstations and nylon carpet.

The perforated aluminum ceiling panels conceal ventilation ducts.

Electrical components are integrated into the structural columns.

The 1970’s building is glass and steel.

Glass panels define private offices.

Another conference room features a custom 13-foot-long table, Lievore Altherr Molina chairs, and Carlo Contin’s chandelier.

In the library, a pair of Patricia Urquiola tables stand near Alfredo Häberli’s armchair. Behind, polyester sheers enclose the conference room, furnished with Lievore Altherr Molina chairs, a custom lacquered-MDF table, and a nylon rug.

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