The new headquarter of the Austrian shoe manufacturer legero united is located on the southern periphery of the city of Graz in Austria. Planned by Dietrich | Untertrifaller Architekten, two interconnected ring-shaped buildings are designed as a place of dialogue with customers and partners. The large ring offers employees an inspiring working environment with high-quality indoor and outdoor spaces. In the smaller ring customers can purchase products and experience the company’s various brands in a contemporary way.
Substantial sustainability is a central concern to both indoor and outdoor construction. The campus is characterized by sophisticated building services, the use of high quality and sustainable building materials and a wide range of ecological measures. Shortly after opening, the campus was awarded the highest possible certification level by the Austrian Sustainable Building Council (ÖGNI). No less value was placed on the high design quality of architecture and landscape design, which is reflected in the award of the GerambRose Prize 2020 (BauKultur Steiermark) in the category “Common Spaces”.
The landscape design of the legero united campus is based on the interaction of two contrasting landscapes. The pragmatic and straightforward landscape surrounding the building is contrasted by round and continuously flowing forms in the courtyard garden. The use-oriented and linear design of the area surrounding the building reinforces the circular shapes of the building. The area is organized in terms of optimal guidance of different traffic flows (customers, employees, visitors and delivery) and mainly used for parking. However, more than 8000 square meter of the outer area is purely landscaped with wildflower meadows, speciose planting beds, rows of trees and rainwater infiltration areas. All parking spaces are built with fully permeable lawn grids (TTE) that protect and regenerate groundwater through biological degradation of pollutants. Ground sealing is thus reduced to a minimum.
The courtyard garden is acoustically decoupled from the outside world. The remarkable silence creates a unique, almost magical atmosphere, in which the hum of the bees can be heard clearly. Meandering paths connect to the surrounding building and lead through a rich variety of herbs, grasses, perennials and trees. The enjoyment of plants – with different flowering aspects from early spring to late autumn – is at the heart of the design. The garden creates a variety of spaces and niches for different uses. Bright and open areas can be used for communal activities and events while remote and naturally shaded areas offer intimate spaces for retreat and recreation.
Architecture offices involved in the design: Dietrich | Untertrifaller Architekten ZT GmbH
Project location: Legero-United-Straße 4, 8073 Feldkirchen bei Graz, Austria
Design year: 2017-2018
Year Built: 2019-2020