Consultancy company MHP’s new premises on the river Spree are located right at the heart of Germany’s capital. This Porsche subsidiary focuses on IT and management consultancy for the automotive industry. The MHPLab has been based in Labels 2, a new building situated up river on the Stralau peninsula, since the summer of 2017. The building was designed by HHF Architekten (Basel) with facade openings in the shape of a sinus curve. It accommodates a creative mix of startups and the fashion industry.
You could say that MHP is all about advising companies how to get in shape for digitisation and the market. This applies to both established companies that want to digitise their processes or develop new products and services, but also startups that lack entrepreneurial skills and market expertise. MHP offers support on innovation processes and growing competencies to both types of businesses. MHPLab, which is also to be used by customers themselves during these processes, provides a state-of-the-art backdrop on floor space of 1,250 square metres for the purpose. MHP collaborated with Raumplan, a Reutlingen-based firm that fits out companies with contract furniture, to plan the rooms’ interior design. The design concept allows for teamwork, quiet areas and breakout spaces.
At the same time, the distinctive architecture with its curved supporting structure is evident throughout. Large desks create productive islands to work at, high-back sofas offer flexible options to withdraw to and talk to other people and lounges with hard-wearing furniture foster a relaxed atmosphere to chat in. The chairs also reflect the needs of all the different people who like to collaborate here. While low seating, rocker and shell chairs tend to emphasise the informal aspects of working, Wilkhahn’s Neos office task chair is all about flexibility. It’s intuitive to configure with just two buttons and a handle required to change the height of the seat and backrest, armrest position and adjust it to the weight of the person sitting on it. At the same time, the generous-sized, elastic backrest shell also adapts automatically to different body shapes. Neos’s streamlined accentuated right-angled profile also adds a touch of calm to the space’s interior design. And Neos encourages people to move and change posture, keeping muscles and the metabolism healthy so that body and mind can cope with new processes. A true example of Office 4.0 taking shape at the MHPLab.
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