PLH Arkitekter has won the competition to design the new headquarters for The DLG Group, one of Europe’s largest agribusiness companies.
The new headquarters brings together a number of functions under one roof. In addition, the DLG headquarters are relocated from the capital of Copenhagen to Fredericia, on the peninsula of Jutland, bringing the company’s main activities closer to its customers and owners in the agriculture business. Visible from the Lillebælt bridge to Jutland, the headquarters will constitute a new landmark with its iconic shape occupying the landscape and reaching for the horizon.
PLH Arkitekter has designed a new office building for 300 employees, placed in picturesque surroundings. The building is 7,500 m2 and beautifully positioned with views of the Lillebælt strait between the island of Funen and the Jutland peninsula.
”We have designed new headquarters building that underlines the identity of DLG as a trustworthy, ambitious and value-creating agribusiness company in balance with nature. The DLG Group is a very interesting customer with a great history and we think the project will reinforce the values and very best qualities of DLG. At PLH we are very much looking forward to getting started with this project” says CEO and Partner at PLH Arkitekter, Søren Mølbak.
Lars Sørensen, CFO, The DLG Group, adds, “PLH Arkitekter has created an exciting project inspired by our history and background in agriculture – a project that also tells the story of a modern company that will be here for many years to come. Moreover, PLH Arkitekter came up with a solution that takes full advantage of the amazing location close to the strait of Lillebælt. We are really looking forward to moving into our great new headquarters in 2020.”
In harmony with nature
As they cross the Lillebælt Bridge towards Fredericia, travellers will notice a characterful building that divides into three wings. These three wings stretch out into the landscape, dissolving the large building volume. Upon arrival at the main entrance, visitors are greeted by a large open glass entrance signalling a modern and transparent company.
The facades have a simple, modern expression, with light materials, horizontal bands of windows creating a calm, unified composition. The high gable ends of the building offer a simple and easily recognisable motif, while the soft curving plan geometry communicates with the landscape and adds a modern twist to the more traditional design language. A sedum roof, robust bricks and a welcoming appearance signal a modern and humane company in balance with nature.
The history of agriculture
The building is naturally integrated into the landscape surrounding Lillebælt with its fields, forests, large green areas, beautiful trees, curved paths and roads. The building follows the sloping terrain and is placed at the highpoint of the site for the best possible views. The surrounding landscape and terrain reveal the story of Danish agriculture.
To the eastern side of the building, there is the opportunity to create a recreational experience path, which could circulate around the site and run all the way to Lillebælt Strait. The DLG employees could use the trail for ‘walk and talk’ or for showing the area to visitors. A scenic garden could be constructed along the trail with a variety of Danish tree types, fruit trees and other vegetation. A greenhouse for outdoor meetings, could offer workers the opportunity to work within the landscape, and an accompanying ‘fitness trail’ may offer employees a chance to workout in nature. The trail ends at Lillebælt, where a bathing pier invites employees to kayak and swim.
Daylight and views for everyone
The narrow wings of the building ensure optimal daylighting and generous views from all workstations. From the ground floor there are several ways to exit to outdoor areas, with terraces positioned alongside the meeting centre and canteen. At the centre of the building, a wide atrium connects all levels, thereby underlining the experience of being in a unified company. The atrium is the natural axis for flow and activities connecting all floors to social areas, including cafés, breakout spaces and informal meeting spots. This flexible framework for efficient and innovative work processes encourages interaction, knowledge-sharing and cooperation across of floors and departments.
Architecture and surroundings underline the identity of DLG
The design of DLG’s new headquarters reflects the company identity and a wish to gather the whole of DLG as a single organism – a single company. The building and its surroundings create a solid platform for a dynamic and innovative company that supports a clean food production. Outwardly, the architecture expresses openness, while the interior design offers excellent working conditions and encourages collaboration. The design language and choice of solid materials signal honesty, robustness and express the long history of the company, status in the agricultural sector.
Construction work begins in the autumn of 2018 and DLG is expecting to inaugurate their new headquarters some time in 2020.