Photography: Haus der Technik

The potential of a landmark

Haus der Technik, Essen

The Essen-based Haus der Technik, or HDT for short, is Germany’s oldest independent further education institution. The building, designed by Edmund Körner in the 1920s and listed in 1987, is north of Essen’s central train station and was the home of the Essen stock market until 1934.

Optimised space creates room for manoeuvre

Our evaluation of the space showed that it made sense to consolidate structures and functions. For example, one floor was to contain only seminar spaces along with the bistro and campaign spaces, while one floor only housed lecture halls and spaces for exhibitors and major events or meetings, while another floor in turn was made available for internal office structures. The space optimisation made large areas available for rental – in addition to facilitating the new modern office and seminar spaces for the Haus der Technik. We also presented solution approaches to wayfinding within the building.

Step-by-step conversion

One area will now be converted based on the findings of our space analysis. The more open and light-filled office structures will receive glass partition walls, height-adjustable workstations, conference rooms, meeting rooms and quiet spaces as well as a coherent lighting concept.