CompuGroup Medical new headquarters
Kochhan Josef Gmbh & Co. Kg
CompuGroup Medical is one of the world’s leading medical information and communication technology companies. It has more than 4,200 highly qualified employees and provides customers with software, services, hardware and drCloud solutions.
The new headquarters in Koblenz marks the beginning of another chapter in CGM’s 25-year history. Standing as a tangible symbol of growth and a successful quest for new ideas and developments, the new corporate headquarters built inside the CompuGroup Medical Technology Park represents the company’s dynamism and innovation. An example of rigour and compositional elegance, the project led by Vallendar-based practice Fries Archtekten involved both the construction of new buildings and the conservation of some of the original elements, which were incorporated successfully into the overall project.
Amongst the key aims identified during the design phase, the goal of energy efficiency was fully achieved. The heat demand of the new building has been reduced by more than 80%, allowing for effective heat recovery and making this one of the most significant examples of energy saving anywhere in the Rhineland-Palatinate region.
The computerised system, the almost complete absence of thermal bridges and the insulated building envelope ensure that warm air is kept inside the building while cold external air is suitably heated before being introduced. This reduces environmental influences, noise and air pollution. Smart daytime lighting systems, LED lighting and skylights are further potential sources of energy saving.
With its classic modernist style, the bright and transparent architectural structure exploits the daylight flooding in through the large windows to emphasise the heights of the interiors and the clean composition. The complex is essentially divided into three functional areas making up a total of around 4,000 square metres of modern, inviting spaces. These include the Forum used for hosting events and an office building complete with fitness centre for use by company employees. The head office itself extends over four floors and has a curved façade and a large, brightly lit atrium that serves as the connecting hub between the individual volumes.
The products selected by the architect for the continuous floor covering in the large hall are Italian-made tiles from Monocibec’s In&Out series.
Installed in colours Medium Greystone and Dark Greystone, these large porcelain tiles provide a sophisticated functional solution and contrast effectively with the mirror polished surfaces of the furnishings. Specially designed for use in large-scale contemporary architecture projects, the collection was chosen for the variety of available colours, sizes and finishes as well as its high level of performance. The project won second prize in the third edition of the Quinquennial Tile Award, an international award organised by Fincibec Group to recognise original use of ceramic tiles in architecture.
66,6x66,6 - 50x100 cm
Water absorpion (ISO 10545-3): compliant
Chemical resistance (ISO 10545-13): compliant
Resistance to deep abrasion (ISO 10545-6): compliant
Stain resistance (ISO 10545-14): compliant
Frost resistance (ISO 10545-12): compliant
Modulus of rupture and breaking strength (ISO 10545-4): R > = 35 N/mm2
Slip resistance (DIN 51130): R9 nat
Thermal shock resistance (ISO 10545-9): compliant
Crazing resistance (ISO 10545-11): compliant
Linear thermal expansion (ISO 10545-8): compliant