f m b architekten - norman binder, andreas-thomas mayer
best architects 20
family business, founded in 1922, is headquartered in Pleidelsheim near Ludwigsburg
and is well-known for its high-quality chairs, seats and couches. Today, it is
also active in the beauty, healthcare and automotive sectors, both as an own
brand and as a supplier. The old administrative building with its cramped
customer centre had stopped keeping pace with this development a long time ago.
The company needed a new headquarter. The new administrative and exhibition
building is close to the town centre, right on a northerly thoroughfare. The
old home of the company founder, which was later used as a tannery, had to make
way for the new build. The site of the new company headquarter therefore has a
link to the company origins. This has led to the creation of a place that enhances
both the identity of the company and the public sphere. The site is
characterised by very different types of building. It is a typical mixed-use
area that includes commercial, industrial and residential buildings. Together
with the client, the architects decided to use a clear, reduced design
vocabulary that takes its inspiration from timeless, classic modernism. The
exterior building envelope consists of exposed concrete which makes the
building look modest but, at the same time, distinct in its small town setting.
The fact that the building is «awash» in the typical local paving is no
coincidence, but «weaves together» the adjoining open spaces and reinforces the
concept of the building as a sculptural, solitary component of the town.