adidas Arena WOS, Herzogenaurach

adidas Arena WOS, Herzogenaurach


Ed. Züblin (GU+AG) bzw. adidas (Bauherr)


Behnisch Architekten


KuB Fassadentechnik



Architecture dynamic as sports…

The Adidas group is building two new office buildings at the company headquarters in Herzogenaurach. The ‘Campus expansion south’ is an important prerequisite for continued growth of the company and provides a new office building for more than 2,000 employees and a function building with integrated staff restaurant. In addition, a new parking structure is being built. The project is slated to be completed by the end of 2018.

‘Arena’, the new 50,000m² office building, will in future also function as the main entrance to the ‘World of Sports’. Thanks to its openness and lightness it is very compatible with the dynamics of sports.

To support the building structure’s sculptural idea and to implement ecologically sustainable aspects of daylight optimisation and shading, external sun shading is provided that is tailored to the each relevant façade’s orientation. This takes into consideration many and complex parameters of different positions of the sun at different times of the year and day.

The building, flooded with light and open on all sides, illustrates that for the Adidas group there are no such things as external borders except the ones it defines itself. The “pavilion in the green” offers space for 5,000 persons.


14,400 m² unitised façade
7,680 m² static sun shades
2,060 linear metres maintenance walkways