How the willingness to embrace resolute change opens up new oppor­tu­nities is impres­sively demons­trated in Bochum: When the local Opel plant was shut down in 2014, a vision for the site’s future began to emerge. And it is now becoming reality: The technology and knowledge campus »Loop 51°7”«, named after the coordi­nates of its latitude and longitude, is now taking shape on the 700,000-square-metre site. The conve­ni­ently located site with its good trans­por­tation connec­tions has long been a desired business location and is one of the most successful conversion projects in Germany.

&MICA is part of the effort to realise the future innovation district and, for a plot on the northern edge of the site, is planning an office complex whose compact massing and subtly modulated design form a salient prelude to the campus. The butterfly-shaped ensemble consists of two asymme­trical, multi-storey wings of equal height. They are joined by a central two-storey volume that houses the lobby and confe­rence area. On Wittener Straße, a forecourt is created that incor­po­rates indoor bicycle parking and also provides access to the two green inner courts of the building wings.

Blick in den Innenhof des Loop 51°7 Gebäudes

Struc­tural Change and Conversion: Space for Innovation

The new building, with a gross floor area of appro­xi­m­ately 26,280 square metres and no basement, is designed as a reinforced concrete structure with a unitised concrete curtain wall façade. With rounded corners, horizontal window bands and façade modules in two different shades, this office building has a dynamic appearance that exudes self-confi­dence. Inside, flexibly adaptable functional units offer the best condi­tions for contem­porary work environ­ments.

The plinth level, which also accom­mo­dates public uses such as restau­rants and retail, features extensive full glazing in the spirit of trans­pa­rency and openness. The upper floors, by contrast, are designed exclu­sively for office use. To ensure that future tenants enjoy maximum freedom of design, each floor is initially laid out with four functional units of between 350 and 490 square metres each. Modular partition walls allow the open areas to be divided into zones for work, commu­ni­cation and rest – flexibly and indivi­dually tailored to the needs of the users.

The complex is being planned and imple­mented in accordance with the Efficiency Building 40 standard and with DGNB Gold certi­fi­cation.

Neubau eines Bürogebäudes mit Parkhaus, Gastronomie und Konferenzbereich im Erdgeschoss
Neubau eines Bürogebäudes mit Parkhaus, Gastronomie und Konferenzbereich im Erdgeschoss
Harpen Unter­neh­mens­gruppe
Time Frame
2019 – 2023
Approx. 26.280 m² GFA
LPH 1 – 8 HOAI
Tomi Maslo­varić


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