Today was the groundbreaking for the expansion of the head office at Linzer Südpark. A new building section will be built by autumn 2018. It will accommodate up to 100 new employees. As a result of the expansion, the CELUM campus will grow to a total of 2,300m² of office space for 170 CELUMians. The addition will supplement the first part of the building erected in 2011 by CELUM, internally called “ARK1” because of its yacht-like design. While the existing research and development center ARK1 has the strict lines of the minimal Bauhaus style, ARK2 is an organic, wing-shaped tower aligned to the northwest and equipped with large photovoltaic surfaces (see image). As a result of this low-energy design, minimal cooling and glare protection will be needed in the future. Approximately 3.5 million euro of investments are planned for the new building. Almost 8 million euro were invested in the whole site. Further information can be found in the official press release.
The entire construction process with photos, interviews and facts can be followed here at the CELUM Blog.