Waterdrop Headquarters

Start-up meets history

The innovative microdrink manufacturer Waterdrop offers its team and visitors a special feel-good atmosphere in the elaborately remodelled Gösserhalle in Vienna. The industrial building was erected before 1900 by the Austrian Federal Railways as a workshop building and later used as a beer warehouse by the Gösser brewery. Most recently it was used as an event location. The striking, arched clinker brick façade has long characterised the district – an identity-establishing, brick structure that AllesWirdGut architects are taking into the future. The lighting design was developed by architect Andreas Burghardt.

Waterdrop Headquarters

Framed by historic walls

The building was completely demolished except for the façades and erected as an independent, new, three-storey structure with a smaller footprint and set a little back from the façades. The new headquarters offer 200 workplaces across 3,000 square metres. As the new structure was not adapted to the old window openings, it was necessary to partially compensate for the lack of daylight.

Waterdrop Headquarters

Unique, inspiring work environment

The architects and designers opted for wood as the central building element, which, together with the raw concrete walls and anthracite-coloured metal accents, harmonises beautifully with the light earth tones of the walls. A key element is the carpet, which was deliberately chosen to be very light in colour, as it acts as a large reflective surface for the selected SASSO spotlights. At the workstations, the BETO office luminaires underpin the room design for productive work. However, architect Burghardt also focussed on the common areas and corridors, which are often neglected. The installed result is characterised by high light output and differentiated, focused light with a warm light colour (3,000K).

Waterdrop Headquarters
Waterdrop Headquarters
Waterdrop Headquarters

Graceful atrium

The large atrium boasting a room height of 12 metres had to be illuminated and staged. Architect Burghardt specified vertical linear luminaires – and the right product was found in JANE. The luminaires are easy to install and available in extended lengths. However, the sloping roof ceiling from which the luminaires were suspended would have resulted in a sloping lower edge. One of JANE's assets is its flexible suspension to achieve a horizontal soffit. The actual light is generated by spotlights on the ceiling. This allows the staging and thus the decorative light to be decoupled from the luminaire itself without the observer being aware of this.

Waterdrop Headquarters
Waterdrop Headquarters

"My vision was to find a linear luminaire that was extremely long. We then repurposed JANE because it is designed as a liana and is therefore very flexible and bendable. The challenge was therefore, paradoxically, to get it vertically absolutely straight."

Andreas Burghardt

In the spotlight

As an architect, I have specialised - among other things - in office planning and consulting. This means that I support landlords and tenants throughout the entire process, from the initial concept to the tenancy agreement and construction. Interior design is an important, if not the only, factor in the success of a project. And here, in turn, light plays the biggest role for me in the appearance and well-being of the users. Lighting is therefore the most efficient design module in office planning in terms of design.

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semi-recessed / surface / suspended


round ceiling


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Photographer: tschinkersten fotografie
Architect: AllesWirdGut
Lighting Designer & Interior Designer: BURGHARDT ZT GESMBH