From 1997 to 2010, Berlin-based Barkow Leibinger Architects worked on the master plan and architecture of an industrial campus that breaks down the traditional divide between “blue”- and “white”-collar workers and establishes a flexible blueprint for future growth. Located in Ditzingen, outside of Stuttgart, the expanded and reorganized campus has helped the Trumpf Group become “the world’s leading machine-tool manufacturer” and grow to 7,000 employees around the globe, state the architects. In addition, the company’s recent success at exporting its products has allowed it to weather the current economic storm without laying off any employees, says Barkow Leibinger.
Instead of applying a single corporate identity to the entire campus, the architects imbued each phase in the master plan with a degree of “autonomy” based on its programmatic needs and design expression. They also developed a “soft master-planning” approach that allows the company to adapt to changing needs and future acquisitions while enjoying a holistically conceived complex.