Festive Inauguration in Munich as ADAC officially opens its new head office building. Workforce of 2,400 now under one roof.
Publication date: 30 March 2012
On 22 March 2012, ADAC officially inaugurated its new Munich head office building at number 19 Hansastrasse. Addressing some 500 invited guests including political decision-makers, corporate leaders and the cultural establishment, as well as many ADAC staff, ADAC President Peter Meyer said the new headquarters had been intended as an urban landmark: “From the outset, we wanted to create a building that would make its mark on the Munich skyline and host an innovative and state-of-the-art work environment”, he said.
At the ceremony, Dr Marcel Huber, the Bavarian State Minister for the Environment, said: “The best sort of energy is the energy we do not use. Saving energy is therefore a primary goal. Energy-efficient buildings are greatly contributing towards this goal.” Munich Lord Mayor Christian Ude concluded: “Munich has acquired another outstanding architectural landmark“.
The “Star of Sendling”, as the new building has come to be known, is a striking architectural feat. A tower whose façade shines in 22 variations of yellow rises to 93 meters on its waving five-story ring base – a colourful beacon over the Munich “Westend“.
Designed by Sauerbruch Hutton of Berlin, the new office building is home to a workforce of 2,400 representing over 100 professions. Before the move in December 2011, these employees were spread over seven locations as the old head office at number 8 Westpark had become too small. “Now we are able to cut the length of processes and implement a pervasive culture of service to our members”, said Mr Meyer.
When the building was designed, ADAC had insisted on a state-of-the-art energy concept built on solar and geothermal energy as well as remote heat. The heating is based both on geothermal resources and on remote heat and most of the electrical supply comes from regenerative sources and solar panels installed on the rooftops. The office concept favours flexible working based on laptop computers.
The FIA President, Jean Todt, and FIA Region I President, Werner Kraus, were also present for the opening and the FIA European Bureau board meeting which was held the next day. As part of the meeting, Dr Wilfried Klanner was presented with a retirement gift in recognition of his long service to the FIA.