Herzogenaurach, Germany | 2014


Vault, the new Adidas building, sets a new standard in the relationship of office to campus and employees to work. Rather than sitting on the ground blocking views and impinging movement, Vault soars 7 meters over the campus allowing for green space, air, light, and people to flow under the building. This is fitting as Vault must serve both as a center and as the gateway to the rest of the campus. Visitors and employees alike will pass under the floating building which creates a light welcoming shared outdoor space as they walk past the gardens guiding them to their ultimate destination. The ground floor of the central atrium serves as a communal space as well as a check point for visitors and employees who are entering either the campus or the center. Vault’s unprecedented organization of office space allows for almost infinite flexibility over time. The general organizational concept for each zone derives from a center-periphery model. Free space can shift from a common space in the center with partitioned rooms around the periphery to common space at the periphery with light partitioned offices clustered at the center. If desired, the floor plate can be entirely cleared of partitions. The amount of free space available in these scenarios is entirely up to the requirements of the Adidas team. The only constant is that the space is open and architecturally expressive with close proximity to light, the out of doors, and services. Ultimately the presence of a spatially invigorating architecture creates an all encompassing environment that is integral to the Adidas work/life philosophy – this is not architecture as façade, but rather architecture as essential to the way employees live, work, and create.

Project Info

Finalist International Competition  |  Gross Floor Area: 43,127m²  |  Type: Offices  |  Structure: Multiple


Project Credits


Jesse Reiser + Nanako Umemoto


Design Team

Michael Overby, Neil Cook, Hilary Simon, Ryosuke Imaeda


Interns and Assistants

Roger Cortes, Xian Lai, Fan Wu, Duygun Inal


Structural Engineer

Teuffel Engineering. Florian Gauss. Kriegsbergstr. 34 D-70174 Stuttgart Germany


MEP, Sustainability, Port Planning and Logistics

ARUP. Stephen Lasser, PE. 77 Water St, New York NY 10005 USA


Architectural Consultant

Studio GA. Wolfgang Gollwitzer. Auenstr. 28 | 80469 München Germany


Model Fabricator

Re:art, Yasuhito Furuyama, Japan

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