Work Life Center, Mittelbau

From the outside, 1887. From the inside, the present.

Project country: Germany

Project location: Hamburg

Builder: DWI Grundbesitz GmbH

Architect: LH Architekten

Structural engineer: NAI Nagaraj Ingenieure

Executing company: August Prien

The Work Life Center was one of the most demanding revitalisation projects in Hamburg. The large central building, with a floor area of around 14,000 m2, is made up of the three-storey structure from 1887, a two-storey structure that was built in the 1920s and the generously glazed Semper Hall, which connects the two.

The facade and two interior stair towers are the only remnants of the original building; the interior was gutted completely.

Between the centuries

Left, historical light penetration. Right, a modern interior.

The old division of the storeys has disappeared entirely. A two-level underground parking garage, with 90 parking spaces, was built, along with a new seven-storey, above-ground structure. The gross surface area today is 19,300 m2, and the gross volume is 77,261 m3.

The planning required a brilliant balance between maximum quality and quantity of the rooms; the position of the Work Life Center is one of the most lucrative in Hamburg. The ground floor and the first floor serve as a cohesive exhibition and commercial area, and the upper floors are used as office space.


Classicism meets modern classic.

For the construction of this building, two of the Cobiax product lines were used; the varying depths of the slabs and the areas that it was possible to span as a result, required flexibility in terms of the architectural and structure planning challenges.

Image: © Fünfunddreißigste Verwaltungsgesellschaft DWI Grundbesitz mbH

Product line used

Cobiax EL

Robust voided modules for large savings in terms of load and materials. The product line, Cobiax EL, was the first standardized and certified Cobiax product line. A traditional product line. Only available in Germany, or upon request. Follow-up product CLS available.

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