In addition to developing a new office layout and overall renovation, we were also commissioned to design a reception area on the ninth floor. The customers are received at a long reception counter: A wooden structure is mounted on an offset natural stone plinth, leaving an unrestricted view of Frankfurt’s skyline through the expanse of window behind. The free structure of the counter formulates an inviting gesture, signalling openness and transparency to its customers. As Egon Zehnder regularly invites top managers to recruitment discussions, discretion is always key. To enable discussions to be held in parallel, two waiting areas were created without any visual interaction between them. An employee ‘living room’ was also created on this floor, with a library, dining table and lounge area.
The SOLO WEST stood empty for many years until project developer Phoenix Real Estate recognised its attractive position in Frankfurt’s Westend and decided to completely gut and revitalise the building. With the revitalisation the investor Phoenix is aiming to appeal to a new target group with more prestigious aspirations. Egon Zehnder is a globally operating personnel consultancy, specialised in placing high-level executives in top positions. Its Frankfurt branch moved into three and a half floors in SOLOWEST.