Workplace and fun place. Collaborative space and play space. Those are some of the features integrated in the new LEGO® building complex serving as global gathering point in the LEGO Headquarters.
Today, LEGO published the following press release on their website:
A clear and innovative expression of what LEGO® play is all about. That is one way to describe the distinct new office building, which the LEGO Group plans to build in Billund, Denmark.
From the collaborative workspace inside and to the public park that surrounds it; from the welcoming and informal feeling in LEGO People House to the grand and colorful space in the atrium; from architectural features modelled over known LEGO elements to an interior with bright colors and open space, the building will have a distinct LEGO feel.
“We want a distinct office building that clearly conveys the LEGO values, and which truly expresses the creative, innovative culture of our company. I am very excited that we can now present our vision for this new building, both to our employees and to the community,” says Claus Flyger Pejstrup, Senior Vice President at the LEGO Group, and responsible for the LEGO Group Headquarters in Denmark.
LEGO® People House as employees want it
An integral part of the new office building is LEGO® People House; an area housing facilities for various activities, all based on input from LEGO employees. As such, the new office building will serve as both workspace and play space for LEGO employees.
“LEGO People House creates a unique social environment that serves as a vibrant, global gathering point, not only for the employees working there on a daily basis but also for the many LEGO employees from the rest of the world, when they visit Billund. It will house exciting facilities, where employees can be physically active and socialize, both during and outside working hours. It is our clear intent that the atmosphere will be both informal and inspirational, making it ideal for employees to get together with colleagues from around the world,” says Claus Flyger Pejstrup.
Part of global ambition of continuing growth
The LEGO Group employs more than 17,000 people around the world, of which more than 4,000 LEGO® employees of 35 nationalities work in Denmark, spanning product development, marketing, manufacturing, engineering, quality and various other functions. Over the course of the past years, the number of employees in Billund has increased significantly, with 250 new people added in 2015 alone. So the new office building will contribute to solving the increasing problem of having sufficient workspace for the current employee base, but also to the continuing growth globally:
“In recent years, we have continued to reach more and more children all over the world with LEGO® play, while also welcoming thousands of new LEGO employees at LEGO sites all over the world. We are in the process of expanding our factories in Mexico and Hungary significantly, and we have opened global main offices around the world from London to Singapore, some of which we have already expanded further since opening. It is our clear ambition to reach even more children in the years to come. Therefore, expanding in Billund, which is and will continue to be the vibrant headquarters for the company, is both natural and important,” says CEO and President of the LEGO Group, Jørgen Vig Knudstorp.
New main office building in Billund:
Total area: 52,000 square meters
Architect: C.F. Møller
Consultative engineer: Niras
Builder: KIRKBI A/S
The building will have an architectural shape to provide optimal daylight conditions for the total office space. Furthermore, the building is constructed to ensure low energy consumption and to enrich the structure with internal yet outdoor green courtyard areas.
The new office building integrates with the master plan for Billund Municipality.
While the LEGO Group has been well represented around the world through local sales offices for several years, in 2013 the LEGO Group reinforced its commitment of globalizing the company by announcing its intention to grow and establish a number of main offices. Currently, the LEGO Group has five main offices around the world:
Billund, Denmark (Headquarter)
Enfield, Connecticut, USA
Read the press release from LEGO here.