Merck Innovation Centre

“Inventing for Life” – That is the motto for Merck, a global biopharmeutical firm with a 125 year history of creating innovative solutions helping millions worldwide.

  • Location

    Darmstadt, Germany

  • Designed By

    HENN Architects

  • Type of Space

    Education & Research

In a move to further their development potential, Merck recently redeveloped what was originally a production centre into a complete technology and science campus, creating an Innovation Centre to drive them forward.

International architects HENN were the team behind the exterior and interior design project, tasked with creating an inspiring building with a unique spatial configuration, and a dynamic working environment with an emphasis on flexibility and collaboration, suitable for project focused, ever changing occupants.

Describing the architecture, HENN explain “The orthogonal shape of the architectural volume is derived from the...

"“The HÅG Capisco is made for the Innovation Center, where people come together to work creatively and concentrate on new concepts …In our opinion, the chair model is unattainable on the market from an ergonomic point of view.""

Utilising an open room concept, bridge-like connections span the space between oval cores, linking staggered workspaces together, creating a flowing office that rises up from the top to bottom floor. Combined, it makes for a visual and functionally dynamic working environment.

Ever changing teams of different sizes and requirements mean that providing adaptable spaces was key. To address this need the floor plans are highly flexible, with six open project areas complimented by a variety of separate rooms suitable for individual work or meetings. Flexibility is further emphasised by the furniture. Rollable tables and cabinets allow adaptable...


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