Cargolux New Headquarters, Luxembourg

Cargolux New Headquarters, Luxembourg

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The quality of the design down to the last detail, the sustainability and the clarity of the design language are perhaps the German sound in this European project, which was created in a cross-border collaboration.

— AS+P Albert Speer + Partner GmbH

AS+P Albert Speer + Partner GmbH

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Cargolux New Headquarters, Luxembourg

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In 2015, AS+P won the competition to design the new Cargolux Headquarters at Findel Airport in Luxembourg and in 2016 was commissioned to handle the planning for the new build.

AS+P's design continues the linear structure of the exist­ing ensemble of buildings to the west. The solid backbone of the new headquarters houses a high-grade entrance on the ground floor and various rooms for training. The base­ment contains the storage rooms and technical facilities and from there the volume of the large, 9-meter-high training hall rises up through the ground floor, creating interesting lines of vision from the foyer into the hall. On the 1st floor, there are additional training rooms and a conference center. The new cafeteria is a glass-covered bridge structure over the access road and serves to link the new build to the existing power house and the hangar area.

Cargolux New Headquarters, Luxembourg

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The special feature of the project, apart from the free-floating office wing, is the large simulator hall. The flight simulators, which are particularly impressive in operation, are presented in a special way, whereas they used to be housed in a simple commercial hall and were thus "invisible".

— AS+P Albert Speer + Partner GmbH

Another hall provides space for two flight simulators. This hall is again over 9 meters high and with its glass frontage is the real eye-catcher in the new build: From the access ramp you can already see the impressive simulators in action. The simulator hall is largely built into the site topography, with a 3-story wing at the basement level that is positioned in front of the main volume and directly relates to the yard and outdoor area.

Cargolux New Headquarters, Luxembourg
Cargolux New Headquarters, Luxembourg

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The 2nd and 3rd floors provide space for a total of 375 office work stations. These flexible spaces are housed in a square ring with sides of about 80 meters that rests on four access shafts and as a steel lattice frame protrudes at the corners.

Cargolux New Headquarters, Luxembourg

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Cargolux New Headquarters, Luxembourg

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Cargolux New Headquarters, Luxembourg

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Cargolux New Headquarters, Luxembourg

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The project was planned entirely by means of a digital model and used BIM in particular for coordination with the structural engineers and MEP/HVAC- planners based in Luxembourg. For the first time, the workshop planning of an executing company, in this case the steel construction company, was also checked and approved exclusively using the digital models.

— AS+P Albert Speer + Partner GmbH
Cargolux New Headquarters, Luxembourg

© Christophe Van Biesen

Competition

2015, 1st Prize

Construction time

2016 – 2020

Project type

Office / Administration

Client

Société de l’Aéroport de Luxembourg S.A.

Architects

AS+P Albert Speer + Partner GmbH

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