adidas World of Sports ARENA

Behnisch Architekten


Client: adidas AG

The adidas ARENA forms a distinctive landmark on the adidas World of Sports campus in Herzogenaurach. The new office and reception building marks the campus’s main entrance, welcoming visitors and lending it a strong visual identity. The ARENA’s architecture is both functional and expressive, its sculptural shape emphasizing the passion for sports that adidas represents.

A floor area of 52,000 square meters provides nearly 2,000 employees with modern and sustainable workspace organized on flexible, organic principles. The heart of the ARENA is the dramatic floating staircase in the atrium. Rising through the spacious light well, it takes employees up to the three-story workspace section, and offers exciting views into the atrium, across the open-air level out over the campus, and up to the office floors.

A central “main street” links these three levels both vertically and horizontally. The work areas alternate with formal and informal meeting and recreation zones. They are organized as variegated clusters around light wells of different sizes optimized to supply ample natural light. The facade was equipped with a specially developed sun control and shading system adapted to the orientation of each facade.

It optimizes the interplay between maximum light transmittance and minimum heat gain. The fixed external shading system mainly consists of opaque and perforated sheets mounted on an aluminum frame. The architectural design, which represented a significant challenge in terms of structural engineering, was realized using a steel-and-concrete construction and a system of slanted steel and concrete supports.

Structural Engineering: Werner Sobek AG MEP: Rentschler und Riedesser Electrical and Artificial Lighting: Raible+Partner GmbH & Co. KG Fire Protection: Endreß Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH Building Physics: Bobran Ingenieure Facade: KuB Fassadentechnik Lighting Design Special Areas: Bartenbach GmbH Kitchen Design: SODA Project &Design GmbH Transport systems: PlanR Signage, graphics: Ockert und Partner Landscape hill: Behnisch Architekten Landscape Campus: LOLA Landscape Architects, Rotterdam, NL Interior design: Behnisch Architekten General contractor: Ed.Züblin AG Steel Construction: ARGE WoS Stahlbau – Züblin Stahlbau GmbH, stahl + verbundbau GmbH Interior fittings: Konrad Knoblauch GmbH, Ganter Interior GmbH Room-in-Room Solutions: RENZ System Komplett Ausbau GmbH

Website Menu