Plain and functionally optimized

Plain and functionally optimized

s.Oliver administration building

The headquarter’s clear and modest shape language serves as a projection screen of the fashion world of s.Oliver and stages its inside for the outside world.

It all started in 1969 with opening the 25 m² small “Sir Oliver“ retail shop in Würzburg in Germany. By opening and inaugurating the new headquarter of s.Oliver in Rottendorf,one ofEurope’s largest fashion and lifestyle companies has exceeded the billion Euro marker in terms of turnover. The basis of the design was the 1st prize of a competition held in 2006, won by Jürgen Engel Architekten. Already one year after the opening of the headquarter, the company premises was expanded by a four-story canteen in 2009 for the nearly 1,400 employees at the Rottendorf site, designed by local architects Menig & Partner.

High-Quality Surfaces

With its modest shape language, the plain and functionally optimized building serves as a projection screen for the fashion world of s.Oliver. The characterizing part of the façade of the six-story building are the horizontal window ribbons and elements from anodized aluminum. The materials mirror the s.Oliver standards in terms of high-quality surfaces and bring the individual building parts into one standardized shape. Above the central entrance there is a two-story, glazed cube with a black frame, housing a long meeting room with a flashy red carpet floor, the brand color of s.Oliver. The first floor has the function of a shopping mall, the display windows of which stage the company’s inside to the outside world.

Light, Air and Space

The new architecture was supposed to provide light, air and space for the creativity of the nearly 350 employees. Two cut yards divide the overall structure and also supply the interior with daylight. The first building cut bids visitors welcome at the main entrance with an open and generous lobby, getting additional daylight through three cylindric domes. The second yard is arranged towards the already existing buildings on the company premises. Here, the architects have erected a garden as a protected recreational ground for the employees. Center point of the building is a spectacular oval stair with open galleries. Held in white, it winds itself along the floors towards the top. Flexible zones with lounges and communicative areas are spread across all floors. Open for other office designs in the future, all work areas are currently uses as open-plan offices.

Energy-efficient and multimedia-based  

The new headquarter neither has conventional radiators nor air conditioners. Downhole heat exchangers get heat from the interior of the earth into the building in winter, water ensures pleasant temperatures of 15 degrees during summer-time. Heat pumps guarantee post-heating of geothermal heat. Concrete core cooling distributes heat and coolness, and an air conditioning system controlled by waste heat recovery supplies the rooms with fresh air.

Large-scale video screens and an electric welcome, information and building guiding system with interactive elements make orientation inside the building easier – and maybe replace the neat receptionist.   

Project details


KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten GmbH, Frankfurt / Main, Germany


Completion 2008


GFA 13,800 m²


s.Oliver Bernd Freier GmbH & Co. KG


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admin 29. July 2011 - 22:19

se Parece ami looks like my house. ;-)

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admin 30. July 2011 - 0:04

That is good stuff, I like it !!!

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admin 30. July 2011 - 7:53

its realy very very beautiful

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admin 30. July 2011 - 10:36

this calls modernisum...

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admin 30. July 2011 - 14:58

Less is a bore.....

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admin 30. July 2011 - 18:55

lighting i very very good

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tompark12 5. June 2014 - 19:34

It doesn't take an expert to tell us this project looks awesome. I am a declared fan. I know that architecture is not an easy field, not when you also have to consider all the technological systems that make our lives so much easier. I read some articles about these systems on and I found it overwhelming. We really have so many options today.