Mayr Melnhof

Address: Turmgasse 67, 8700 Leoben, Austria

Sector: Commerce & Industry

Year: 2008

Architect: Nussmüller Architekten ZT GmbH, Graz 

As one of the renown European timber industry companies, the Mayr-Melnhof Holz Holding AG nowadays belongs to the leading suppliers of timber and wood processing enterprises, with particular focus on the Eastern European market. It was obvious, that for the Leoben based headquarters of the company, founded in 1850, only wood was considered as construction material.

Built from plywood of the own production, the architect Werner Nussmüller created a remarkable construction, which is linked to the old protected building and which is characterised by two suspended 80 meters long wooden cubes on prominent M-shaped supports.

The idea

To create two generous rows of offices with an open communication area in between. Likewise, for the equipment of the interior spaces, the harmonic matching of the interior furnishing with the prominent new building and its construction material wood constituted the focus of the design requirements. The activity field of the international company should be reflected in the design of space.

At the same time, the office structure should be as flexible and expandable as possible to allow for company growth. Therefore, the offices were completely glazed towards the inside and were equipped with sliding walls. The office design is democratic and doesn’t consider hierarchical structures.

Apart from that, communication and efficiency related criteria played a big role. In Austria, the project is considered as an essential contribution to holistic office architecture.