What will the office of the future look like?
Key milestones were defined in strategy workshops and also discussed in employee surveys. This involved questions such as, 'From an architectural point of view, what is the most important point or the most important place? What are our employees' most important needs?' In this area, the respondents were unanimous: a huge part of the foundations of our culture at Zühlke is interpersonal exchange. That is why everyone wanted a central meeting place for a lively dialogue with one another.
The second major topic was flexibility. 'Around 7 years ago, when we were planning, we were faced with the challenge that, on the one hand, we were constantly growing and adjusting our growth forecasts every year. On the other hand, of course, there were times when we had to pin down the project planning and make decisions.' From the very beginning, flexibility has been a priority. In 2017, the objective was 'Design an office that will be right for 2029, not for the planned 2019 occupancy.' So the strategy was to provide more room for manoeuvre in the future.