European Distribution Center

European Distribution Center

Espelkamp, Germany
Project Year

European Distribution Center

3deluxe as Architects

Innovative high-tech logistics center for the HARTING Technology Group

3deluxe designed a high tech-logistics center with an attached administrative building for the globally active HARTING Technology Group. Located in Espelkamp, North Rhine-Westphalia on an area of 18,000 square meters, the European Distribution Center (EDC) is equipped with an automated small parts high-bay warehouse and high-speed shuttle and is one of the most innovated logistic centers in Europe. Here, state-of-the-art logistics technology and ergonomic workplaces are combined in perfect harmony.


The EDC consists of a high-bay warehouse, order picking with incoming and outgoing goods, service building with workshops and a container washing line along with the administration area and representative reception foyer.


In order to optimally connect the various work areas, 3deluxe positioned the administration building as an inserted cross beam between the warehouse and order picking hall in order to create spatial proximity and communicative visual axes. Wide glazing opens the hall interior in an uncommon generous manner towards the outside providing daylight. The concept places great importance to plenty of light at all working spaces, from the executive floor to the commissioner.


The loading docks for trucks are not arranged as usual in a row and open to the commissioning, but placed opposite to a freely usable marshalling and logistic area. As a separate space it is a buffer zone to the commissioning hall. For the purposes of a pleasant working environment the draught towards the hall is reduced to a minimum.


The administration area for approx. 60 employees is characterized by the modern concept of open work spaces: An open landscape of different work areas on several floors offers HARTING employees a light-flooded working environment that precisely meets the requirements for contemporary, efficient work. Open office spaces with wide glazing are communication-supporting revealing the view in the hall. Added to the management area is an employee's bistro with adjoining outdoor area for lunch outdoors.


Material Used :

1. Basic Construction: Concrete frame structure / steel trussed girders
2. Façade High-bay warehouse: Insulated wall panel system, Vertical ribbon windows with switchable insulated solar control glazing
3. Façade Order picking / incoming and outgoing goods: Insulated wall panel system, Aluminum mullion-transom system with insulated solar control glazing
4. Façade Administration: Aluminum mullion-transom system with insulated solar control glazing, Aluminum panel façade

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