The new logistics centre, located on the E45 motorway at Haderslev, supplies all of the clothing company Bestseller’s boutiques, right across Europe.
The idea was to create an industrial building that would go beyond the typical standardised solutions for logistic facilities, and create a building with a strong identity that would add an experiential quality to its surrounding. The centre's two tall mini-load warehouses resemble sculptures in the landscape, with simple facades clad in narrow, vertical strips of pine. The transparent gables provide a glimpse of the cranes inside at work. The layout provides a most flexible arrangement, and allows for a possible future expansion of the logistics centre to triple size, i.e. 150.000 m2, using a “plug-n-play” principle.
There has been a strong focus on sustainability in the planning, using the British environmental standard BREEAM Industrial and, as a first for this type of building, it is rated Energy class 1 according to Danish codes. Highly insulated envelope, passive solar design (north-oriented office sections, large shading overhangs, green courtyard etc.), FSC-certified pine slats cladding, use of renewable energy with biofuel + solar on-site energy supply, integrated landscaped rainwater management, large-scale green roofs, use of daylight, controlled electrical light and LED fixtures, translucent lightweight ETFE-foil facades, and specially developed state-of-the-art low-energy machine equipment
(reducing consumption by 75% compared with standard sorting plants) are unique features. Throughout the building, emphasis has been placed on creating pleasant and safe workplaces, allowing daylight to enter, and on creating an intimacy with the landscape and the views, The building sits in a 65 ha greenfield site, designed as a natural area within an inner landscape circle, with 10 ha oak wood planting, wetlands (including a 5 ha lake) and meadows creating a rich biodiversity, with a focus on upholding and recreating the ecological values of the original site. Although the centre is large and efficient as an airport, it has been designed with an architectural sensitivity that is able to lend the advanced technical equipment a human expression: By combining raw technology with good materials, plenty of daylight and a strong social focus, it goes far beyond mere functionality. It also has a strong, sculptural presence and is designed in harmony with the landscape, which arguably is very rare for this type of building. Altogether, it aims to set new standards for a green development of the industrial sector - making it a continuation of the very best in the modern Scandinavian tradit
Client: Bestseller Address: Haderslev, Motorway E45 exit 88, Denmark Architect: C.F. Møller Architects Landscape architect: C.F. Møller Architects Engineer: Rambøll Collaborators: TGW & Chrisplant (automatic sorter) Contractor: Züblin Size: 48.000 m2 Year: 2009-2012 Awards: Building of the Year 2012, commercial category International Trimo Architectural Award, overall winner 2012 Finalist for MIPIM Award 2013
Ground floor plan
First floor plan
Second floor plan