HVB-TOWER turnes into Green Building with LEED Platinum Certification

In this large-scale project in line with its commitment to sustainability, the bank das thoroughly renovated its high-rise office block in Munich, which it moved into in 1981, and turned it into a green building – i.e. one that meets the requirements of a building strategy aimed at sustainability and environmental compatibility.

“We are very pleased that, in addition to commissioning HENN Architects with the planning and construction management, we were able to recruit the Munich-based architects Betz to draft the plans for this striking building as our consultants for this project,” says Peter Weidenhöfer, Chairman of HVB Immobilien AG.

The planning has been carried out down to the last detail in close and excellent cooperation with the historic preservation authorities. “We are very aware of our responsibility resulting from this building’s importance as a monument due to its impact on the Munich skyline”, says Peter Weidenhöfer. “We have been taking great care to ensure high-quality work both inside and out.”

The aim is to significantly reduce the building’s carbon footprint by cutting its energy consumption. This will be achieved mainly through a new utilities concept and through the option of using the windows to provide natural ventilation.

One of the major challenges facing the architects and the building’s owners was to maintain its existing appearance – the building has been listed since 2006 – while replacing the façade elements.

The building will be completely renovated, in two stages, by 2019. The restoration of the ‘tower floors’, i.e. the floors that make up the actual high-rise building, including the entrance lobby and the conference zone in the ‘south low-rise building’, were completed by the beginning of 2016. Then, from 2016 to 2019, the interior and exterior of the ‘north low-rise building’, the seat of securities trading, will be completely renovated and modernised.

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