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First impressions from the new Siemens headquarters
After a six-year project period, including three years of construction work, the new Siemens headquarters building in Munich opened its doors on June 24, 2016. With about 45,000 square meters of aboveground floor space, the company has created a modern, inspiring work environment for about 1,200 employees. Environmental friendliness and energy efficiency play a key role here: the new building meets the world's highest sustainability standards. In 2010, Siemens and the city of Munich officially announced the launch of this innovative construction project and organized an architectural competition. The winning design, which was developed by the Danish architectural firm Henning Larsen Architects, skillfully combined tradition with the future. The historic Ludwig Ferdinand Palais and its adjacent building were renovated and seamlessly integrated into the new cutting-edge headquarters. Ever since the building opened in the summer of 2016, its ground floor and inner courtyards – with trees, a café, a restaurant and a water feature – have been publicly accessible. The new Siemens passageway creates a pedestrian corridor enabling Munich residents and visitors to stroll between the Bavarian capital's historic center and its museum district. The project was implemented by Siemens Real Estate, which is a leading corporate real estate company and is responsible for all of Siemens' real estate activities.

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Siemens corporate headquarters, Munich

Designed by the Danish firm Henning Larsen Architects, the new building consumes 90 percent less electricity and 75 percent less water than its predecessor.

Siemens corporate headquarters, Munich

People of various nationalities with a wide range of languages, cultures and ways of thinking work together at Siemens. The new corporate headquarters in Munich also focuses on collaboration. Bright and flexible open-plan office landscapes stimulate creativity and foster networking and the exchange of ideas.

Siemens corporate headquarters, Munich

Right from the outset, Siemens new corporate headquarters in Munich was designed to be an open, vibrant space in the heart of the city. The building is not just a workplace; it's a meeting place for employees and customers and a welcoming environment for Munich residents and visitors from all over the world.

Siemens corporate headquarters, Munich

Siemens is aiming to achieve a neutral carbon footprint by 2030. The new corporate headquarters in Munich is already a model for sustainability. In 2016, it was awarded the "Platinum" sustainability rating by the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) and the US LEED system (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).

Siemens corporate headquarters, Munich

Inaugurated 2016, the Siemens corporate headquarters in Munich offers roughly 1,200 employees a unique working environment which sets standards for environmental friendliness, energy efficiency and the sustainable use of resources.

Siemens corporate headquarters, Munich

One of the main requirements for the architects was that the new Siemens corporate headquarters in Munich should fit harmoniously into its urban environment. The Palais Ludwig Ferdinand on Wittelsbacherplatz was carefully refurbished and joined to the modern new building. Today, the two buildings form a single functional unit.

First impressions from the new Siemens headquarters

Large lounge areas foster the spontaneous exchange of ideas and information. The adjacent conference rooms have large glass facades that open onto the atrium, offering an outward-looking view.

New Siemens corporate headquarters

The new Siemens headquarters building opened its doors in Munich in June 2016.  The company currently has around 348,000 employees and operates in more than 200 countries worldwide. To this day, Werner von Siemens' passion for engineering excellence and his drive to create trailblazing innovations and solutions continue to shape the company he founded.

First impressions from the new Siemens headquarters

A gangway on the third floor connects the Ludwig-Ferdinand-Palais with the new building. The new complex will allow pedestrians, Munich residents as well as visitors to the Bavarian capital, to stroll directly from the city's historic center to its museum district.

First impressions from the new Siemens headquarters

The auditorium, equipped with leading-edge building technology and event engineering systems, can be used as a multi-purpose space. A 13-square-meter full HD LED video screen with two million LEDs ensures brilliant images under all lighting conditions, while 100 high-end speakers deliver outstanding sound.

First impressions from the new Siemens headquarters

The spacious atrium serves as the entrance for employees and visitors and is also accessible to the public. An open space extending up to the roof, the atrium promotes unobstructed visual contact within the building and open dialogue across departments.

First impressions from the new Siemens headquarters

The offices on all six floors of the new Siemens corporate headquarters are highly functional and comfortable. Individual work spaces are located along the building's glass facades. Electrically height-adjustable desks and back-friendly office chairs meet highest ergonomic standards, while integrated IT and communications systems, acoustic panels and privacy partitions create an environment in which employees can concentrate on their work.

First impressions from the new Siemens headquarters

Like the atrium, the green inner courtyards with their gastronomical offerings are freely accessible to the public.

Opening

Family celebration to open Siemens' new company headquarters

Siemens' new company headquarters in Munich is now open. Around 8,000 guests attended the large family celebration in the afternoon.

Family celebration to open Siemens' new company headquarters

Around 8,000 guests attended the large family celebration in the afternoon.

Opening celebration of Siemens' new company headquarters

Siemens' new company headquarters in Munich is now open. The structure, which is accessible to everyone in Munich, is a global meeting place for all Siemens employees.

Opening celebration of Siemens' new company headquarters

Opening ceremony: Confetti rain to open Siemens' new company headquarters.

Opening ceremony for Siemens' new company headquarters

Siemens' new headquarters building in Munich was officially opened by company employees and members of Siemens' Managing and Supervisory Boards.

Ilse Aigner – Bavarian State Minister of Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology and Deputy Minister-President of Bavaria – and Munich Mayor Dieter Reiter were also on hand for the occasion.

Gerhard Cromme at the opening of Siemens' new company headquarters

"From its beginnings to the present day, Siemens has been a company with international operations. The new corporate headquarters provide an open place where people from more than 40 countries work together – a place that's open to all Siemens employees around the world. Our new building features a modern and sustainable design, and it's meant to attract all those who want to help make the world a better place," said Gerhard Cromme, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Siemens AG, at the opening of the new company headquarters.

Opening ceremony for Siemens' new company headquarters

Siemens' new headquarters building in Munich was officially opened by company employees and members of Siemens' Managing and Supervisory Boards.Ilse Aigner – Bavarian State Minister of Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology and Deputy Minister-President of Bavaria – and Munich Mayor Dieter Reiter were also on hand for the occasion.

L-R: Ralf Thomas, CFO of Siemens AG, Joe Kaeser, CEO of Siemens AG, Ilse Aigner – Bavarian State Minister of Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology and Deputy Minister-President of Bavaria, Dr. Gerhard Cromme, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Siemens AG, Dieter Reiter, Munich Mayor, Nathalie von Siemens, Chair of the Siemens Stiftung and Zsolt Sluitner, Head of Siemens Real Estate.

Ilse Aigner at the opening of Siemens' new company headquarters

"Siemens' new headquarters underscores the company's commitment to Bavaria and to Munich as a business location. This is important. As a highly creative innovator and a major employer, Siemens plays a key role in our state's prosperity and strength. The impressive new building in our capital city is a visible symbol of Siemens' work in Bavaria," said Ilse Aigner, Bavarian State Minister for Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology and Deputy Minister of Bavaria, at the opening of the new company headquarters.

Werner-von-Siemens-Strasse in Munich

The renaming of the section of Finkenstrasse in front of the entrance to the new building has provided Siemens with a distinguished new street address.

Joe Kaeser at the opening of Siemens' new company headquarters

"With our new corporate headquarters, we want to establish a symbol that stands for working together in the spirit of global entrepreneurship, for integration into society and for taking action in accordance with the principles of sustainability. From here, we want to shape the future of our company. The new building is always to be a place of treating each other with mutual respect and of maintaining an open dialogue that is unrestricted by hierarchical structures – a place characterized by a high degree of self-determination and personal responsibility," said Joe Kaeser, President and CEO of Siemens AG, at the opening of the company's new headquarters.

Dieter Reiter at the opening of Siemens' new company headquarters

"With its new headquarters at the heart of Munich's city center, Siemens has succeeded in creating a building that's both innovative and harmonious, and it has done so within just a few years of construction work. The ground level, which is open to the public, makes new pedestrian pathways available in the inner city along with attractive meeting places for Munich residents and for the city's visitors," said Munich Mayor Dieter Reiter at the opening of the new company headquarters.

Opening ceremony for Siemens' new company headquarters

Siemens' new headquarters building in Munich was officially opened by company employees and members of Siemens' Managing and Supervisory Boards. Ilse Aigner – Bavarian State Minister of Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology and Deputy Minister-President of Bavaria – and Munich Mayor Dieter Reiter were also on hand for the occasion.

Opening ceremony for Siemens' new company headquarters

Siemens' new headquarters building in Munich was officially opened by company employees and members of Siemens' Managing and Supervisory Boards, Ilse Aigner – Bavarian State Minister of Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology and Deputy Minister-President of Bavaria – and Munich Mayor Dieter Reiter were also on hand for the occasion.

Art

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Wings sculpture set up in front of new Siemens headquarters

The spectacular Wings sculpture by American artist Daniel Libeskind decorates the entrance to the new Siemens headquarters. With thousands of animated LEDs, the ten-meter sculpture symbolizes the central theme of digitalization.

Wings sculpture set up in front of new Siemens headquarters

The spectacular Wings sculpture by American artist Daniel Libeskind decorates the entrance to the new Siemens headquarters. With thousands of animated LEDs, the ten-meter sculpture symbolizes the central theme of digitalization.

Art installation at Palais Ludwig Ferdinand

The Artist Thomas Struth in front of his installation with the title "Coordinates – a curated Siemens history"  at the Palais Ludwig Ferdinand foyer at the Siemens Headquarters.

Art installation at Palais Ludwig Ferdinand

Thomas Struth's art installation at the Ludwig Ferdinand palais of the new Siemens Headquarters with the title "Coordinates – a curated Siemens history" explores the past, the present and the future of Siemens. 

(Copyright: © Thomas Struth / www.siemens.com/press)

Art installation at Palais Ludwig Ferdinand

Thomas Struth's art installation at the Ludwig Ferdinand palais of the new Siemens Headquarters with the title "Coordinates – a curated Siemens history" explores the past, the present and the future of Siemens.

(Copyright: © Thomas Struth / www.siemens.com/press)

Art installation at Palais Ludwig Ferdinand

Thomas Struth's art installation at the Ludwig Ferdinand palais of the new Siemens Headquarters with the title "Coordinates – a curated Siemens history" explores the past, the present and the future of Siemens. 

(Copyright: © Thomas Struth / www.siemens.com/press)

Art installation at Palais Ludwig Ferdinand

The Artist Thomas Struth in front of his installation with the title "Coordinates – a curated Siemens history"  at the Palais Ludwig Ferdinand foyer at the Siemens Headquarters.

Bronze sculpture "Schwesterngruppe" inaugurated at the new Siemens Headquarters

Georg Baselitz hands over bronze sculpture "Schwesterngruppe" to Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser.

Bronze sculpture "Schwesterngruppe" inaugurated at the new Siemens Headquarters

Baselitz's sculpture at atrium of Siemens Headquarters.

Bronze sculpture "Schwesterngruppe" inaugurated at the new Siemens Headquarters

Baselitz's sculpture at atrium of Siemens Headquarters.

Bronze sculpture "Schwesterngruppe" inaugurated at the new Siemens Headquarters

Baselitz's sculpture at atrium of Siemens Headquarters.

Bronze sculpture "Schwesterngruppe" inaugurated at the new Siemens Headquarters

Baselitz's sculpture at atrium of Siemens Headquarters.

Wings sculpture set up in front of new Siemens headquarters

From Milan to Munich: The spectacular Wings sculpture by American artist Daniel Libeskind will be set up in front of the new Siemens headquarters. The 15-ton artwork will decorate the entrance to the new Siemens building. With thousands of animated LEDs, the ten-meter sculpture symbolizes the central theme of digitalization.

Planting of courtyard greenery

Planting of courtyard greenery begins at Siemens' new corporate headquarters

Early in the morning the trees arrived at the construction site in Munich. For transport, the large root balls were packed in jute cloth, the crowns were gently held together. A total of 12 new trees will be planted.

Planting of courtyard greenery begins at Siemens' new corporate headquarters

Each of the three courtyards will be planted with different kinds of trees. A telehandler carefully transports this nearly 8 meter high copper beech to its new home close to the Palais Ludwig Ferdinand.

Planting of courtyard greenery begins at Siemens' new corporate headquarters

In the open courtyards, the trees are placed in tree tubs – each with its own irrigation and drainage system.

Planting of courtyard greenery begins at Siemens' new corporate headquarters

Later, the tree crowns will form a green canopy. Additional groundcover will form a low evergreen carpet around the trees. In this courtyard, seats with a shape reminiscent of gigantic pebbles will invite people to linger.

Planting of courtyard greenery begins at Siemens' new corporate headquarters

Five trees will be planted nearby to the existing trees along the adjacent ring road. Following the grand opening in the summer of 2016, the ground level will be freely accessible.

Topping-out ceremony

Decision of the architecture competition for reconstruction of Siemens corporate headquarters

Henning Larsen Architects win the architecture competition for the rebuilding of Siemens' corporate headquarters in Munich.

Topping-out ceremony for Siemens' new company headquarters

A milestone has been reached on the way to the new company headquarters at Wittelsbacherplatz in Munich, Germany: Siemens celebrated together with Munich Mayor Dieter Reiter, Dr. Elisabeth Merk, Head of Munich's Department of Urban Planning, along with construction workers, the company's neighbors and employees. The shell of the new building complex, with about 45,000 square meters of above-ground floor space, was erected on-schedule within one year.

From the left: Munich Mayor Dieter Reiter, Zsolt Sluitner, Head of Siemens Real Estate (SRE, Munich's municipal engineer Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Merk und Ralf P. Thomas, CFO of Siemens AG

Topping-out ceremony for Siemens' new company headquarters

A milestone has been reached on the way to the new company headquarters at Wittelsbacherplatz in Munich, Germany: Siemens celebrated together with Munich Mayor Dieter Reiter, Dr. Elisabeth Merk, Head of Munich's Department of Urban Planning, along with construction workers, the company's neighbors and employees. The shell of the new building complex, with about 45,000 square meters of above-ground floor space, was erected on-schedule within one year.

Topping-out ceremony for Siemens' new company headquarters

A milestone has been reached on the way to the new company headquarters at Wittelsbacherplatz in Munich, Germany: Siemens celebrated together with Munich Mayor Dieter Reiter, Dr. Elisabeth Merk, Head of Munich's Department of Urban Planning, along with construction workers, the company's neighbors and employees. The shell of the new building complex, with about 45,000 square meters of above-ground floor space, was erected on-schedule within one year.

In the picture: Stephan Kuder, polisher of the construction company Züblin. 

Topping-out ceremony for Siemens' new company headquarters

A milestone has been reached on the way to the new company headquarters at Wittelsbacherplatz in Munich, Germany: Siemens celebrated together with Munich Mayor Dieter Reiter, Dr. Elisabeth Merk, Head of Munich's Department of Urban Planning, along with construction workers, the company's neighbors and employees. The shell of the new building complex, with about 45,000 square meters of above-ground floor space, was erected on-schedule within one year.

In the picture: Munich Mayor Dieter Reiter. 

Event pictures

A place where tradition meets the future


Expert round (from left to right): Mathias Pfeil, General Conservator of the Bavarian State Office for the Preservation of Monuments, Elisabeth Merk, Head of Munich's Department of Urban Planning, Zsolt Sluitner, CEO Siemens Real Estate, Thomas Braun, General Manager Siemens Headquarters.

A place where tradition meets the future

Expert round (from left to right): Mathias Pfeil, General Conservator of the Bavarian State Office for the Preservation of Monuments, Elisabeth Merk, Head of Munich's Department of Urban Planning, Zsolt Sluitner, CEO Siemens Real Estate, Thomas Braun, General Manager Siemens Headquarters. 

A place where tradition meets the future

Thomas Braun, General Manager Siemens Headquarters, explains the historical structure in the basement of the Palais Ludwig Ferdinand.

A place where tradition meets the future

With safety equipment: The group in the former representative entrance area of Siemens headquarters.

A place where tradition meets the future

Proud of the cooperation (from left to right): Thomas Braun, General Manager Siemens Headquarters, Elisabeth Merk, Head of Munich's Department of Urban Planning, Zsolt Sluitner, CEO Siemens Real Estate and Mathias Pfeil, General Conservator of the Bavarian State Office for the Preservation of Monuments.

Press pictures

Decision of the architecture competition for reconstruction of Siemens corporate headquarters in Munich

And this is what Wittelsbacherplatz will look like in 2016: the renovated Ludwig Ferdinand Palais with the new Siemens headquarters in the background. Henning Larsen Architects win the architecture competition for the rebuilding of Siemens' corporate headquarters in Munich.

Headquarters Wittelsbacherplatz - (Palais with monument)

This is the Ludwig Ferdinand Palais on Wittelsbacherplatz in Munich as we know it today. It will look just the same from the outside even after the restoration of the building structure.

Headquarters Wittelsbacherplatz - (Palais east side)

The east side of the Ludwig Ferdinand Palais facing towards Odeonsplatz. The main entrance to the building was on this side until 1968.

A place where tradition meets the future

Spectacular: With the ceilings removed, from the basement of the palace you can see through all five floors up into the sky. The ceilings are being replaced using the alternating sequential process.

A place where tradition meets the future

The building is being stabilized with temporary constructions. The roof is open to enable the crane to deposit and remove material.

A place where tradition meets the future

The reinforced concrete ribbed ceilings and timbered ceilings beneath the attic floor will remain. They are being strengthened. This is where much of the building technology installations will be located.

A place where tradition meets the future

Records of the past: In the basement of the Ludwig Ferdinand Palais are historical cross vault and barrel vault ceilings from the time when it was originally built.

A place where tradition meets the future

The masonry is sealed using injection procedures. Measures to prevent rising damp will preserve the building and increase its value.

A place where tradition meets the future

Most of the restoration work in the Ludwig Ferdinand Palais is carried out by hand, or with miniature excavators such as this.

A place where tradition meets the future

This will stay: The staircase in the east wing which was comprehensively restored after the Second World War.

A place where tradition meets the future

This will stay: The staircase in the east wing which was comprehensively restored after the Second World War.

Decision of the architecture competition for reconstruction of Siemens corporate headquarters

Henning Larsen Architects win the architecture competition for the rebuilding of Siemens' corporate headquarters in Munich.

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The project has taken 6 years, almost 3 of which were spent on construction. On June 24th, Siemens celebrated the opening of its new headquarters. Come with us on a construction site tour.

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Bernhard Lott

Siemens AG

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