– signagesystem new building drägerwerk ag & co. kg aa, lübeck 2009


the building is a glazed structure that twists and turns, ribbon-like, around courtyards and pathways. all the external walls and the internal walls facing the atrium are glazed: this transparency makes it easy for visitors to identify where they are with reference to the interior and exterior of the building. graphic symbols cover the internal glass walls, helping to define the different moods of the various locations.

the wayfinding system consists of a base motif that’s modulated in six variations. at its core is a simple, grid-style pattern of rings which is different on each storey. the spacing of the rings varies in two directions, creating gaps, clusters and distinctive formations. the information is incorporated within the pattern, by filling in rings to create surfaces. the codes for different rooms, levels and sections of the building are displayed within these circles.

signagesystem new building drägerwerk ag & co. kg aa
lübeck 2009


molvina vermietungsgesellschaft mbh & co. objekt
finkenstraße kg

general co-ordinating contractor:
commerzleasing und immobilien commerzbaucontract gmbh

drägerwerk ag & co. kg aa

goetz hootz castorph
architekten und stadtplaner gmbh

project team:
rebecca benz
(project manager)
katrin theile
(project manager)
katrin dittmann
andreas uebele

michael heinrich


  • designpreis der bundesrepublik deutschland 2012, nominiert
  • if communication design award 2010, auszeichnung
  • the chicago athenaeum, good design 2010, good design award
  • the ring, ic@ward international interior design 2009, honorable mention