At the Workplace or in Traffic: How Mobile will the Future be?

On 4 April, Drees & Sommer experts gave lectures on the topics of working environments and mobility. From left to right: Hermann Maier; IMMOEBS e.V., Maria-Theresia Jais; IMMOEBS e.V., Holger Seidel; Drees & Sommer, Marika Plank; Drees & Sommer, Alexander Strub; RBSGROUP - Part of Drees & Sommer, Tobias Schütz; Drees & Sommer, Martin Lechner; BayWa AG, Dr. Markus Treiber, Drees & Sommer

No matter whether we are talking about a desk or a car, more and more people are opting for the principle of sharing. How can we make a contribution to the city of the future, with precisely the right working environments and sustainable mobility strategies: this was the theme of the event to which Drees & Sommer, together with IMMOEBS e.V., invited guests in Munich, Germany, on April 4, 2019.

A Working Environment in which the BayWa Brand feels at Home

1,500 new workplaces, 20 floors, 47,000 square meters - Alexander Strub, Creative Director, RBSGROUP ­– Part of Drees & Sommer showed directly at the event venue what sustainable and flexible workplace design and layout look like: This is where the RBSGROUP – Part of Drees & Sommer developed an overall interior design, combining exterior and interior space to create a harmonious general impression. The focus was on making the brand tangible and developing precisely the right interior design narrative with customized working environments. A variety of workplace typologies have been created with an individually configurable mix of basic, communication, concentration and infrastructure areas, in which staff members and visitors feel comfortable.

New Forms of Mobility for Cities fit for the Future

More flexibility in the choice of workplace not only increases job satisfaction and staff loyalty, but could also reduce traffic. Yet in order to get congestion, traffic chaos and air pollution under control in the long term, we need new forms of mobility. Dr. Markus Treiber, Associate Partner at Drees & Sommer, Tobias Schütz, Senior Project Partner at Drees & Sommer, presented forward-looking mobility strategies during the evening. Due to the current challenges of congested roads, too little space for stationary and flowing traffic and the resulting environmental impact such as CO², particulate matter and nitrous gases, mobility is undergoing a major change. The real estate and neighborhoods must face up to this transformation, as the location factors are changing due to these new mobility requirements. For buildings and neighborhoods integral solutions have to be created, for example through digitalization, sharing, electromobility and intermodality, to make them fit for the future.  A showcase project is the filling station and rest area Fürholzen. As one of the most energy-efficient filling stations and rest areas in Germany, it provides all the advanced fueling systems of the future. Using photovoltaic panels and its own combined heat and power plant, the filling station and rest area produces more energy than it consumes itself. The excess electricity is made available to electromobility, converted into hydrogen or fed into the main power grid.