A new co-working center is under construction in Reinbek

Rowohlt publishing house

A new co-working center is under construction in Reinbek


The former building of the Rowohlt publishing house: Heiner Roskothen shows the already renovated part of the facade on the east side of the complex.

Photo: Susanne Tamm

The well-known architect Fritz Trautwein designed the former building of the Rowohlt publishing house. It has now been extensively rebuilt.

Reinbek. The architecture of Fritz Trautwein is something special: this is Heiner Roskothen, managing director of Pipping Immobilien, during an internship at Rowohlt publishing house noticed at the beginning of his studies. In 2002 he had no idea that one day he would buy the property together with Henner and Thomas Buhck, CEOs of the Buhck Group, to further transform it into an entrepreneurial campus. But he began to love the building, which was inaugurated in 1960: “Trautwein designed the architecture in a very open and communicative way,” observes Heiner Roskothen. “We want to restore the original floor plan as much as possible.” 1700 square meters of floor space are available.

This is particularly true of a large hall north of the complex, which the publisher had divided into individual offices with partitions. Roskothen would like to move there with a team of around 40 employees from the pipping commercial areas of real estate, construction and renovation, as well as property management to implement the co-working principle. Trautwein’s architecture is made for this.

In the new building “nature literally flows under the building”

Architect Fritz Trautwein is best known in Hamburg for his television tower. However, his colleagues appreciate him for the Reinbeker building complex, which is located on Hamburger Strasse between Böge and Völckers Park in the south in the Bille landscape. It was built in two phases around 1960 and 1968 and 1970. The work is a listed building. This also applies to the newest part of the complex, the “new building” at Völckers Park: “Nature flows right under the building,” says architect Michael Weber, who supervises the work for the Buhck group.




The skeleton construction with a curtained glass facade stands on concrete pillars, partly in the water of the park, where it opens up to nature. “The view is fascinating,” says Thomas Buhck, one of the two CEOs. “We have to divide the open building into offices, but for that we use a lot of glass.” Because after six months of consultation with the protection of monuments “even before moving a stone” (Thomas Buhck), one thing is certain: the appearance of the wing will be maintained.

Many are interested in the Entrepreneur Campus, part of which is already rented

Roskothen, who recently became Pipping Immobilien’s sole CEO because Karl Gero Wendeborn left for personal reasons, explains: “We will be just one tenant among many.” an engineering firm, a surveying office, many regional companies, start-ups. Heiner Roskothen does not want to mention names yet, because not everything is resolved yet.

There is already someone interested in the beautiful café that will be set up in the former foyer, flooded with light. The goal: to offer really good coffee. This should be open to everyone, not just local company employees. “We also want to use the terrace for coffee, for which we also envision artistic readings and events,” reveals Roskothen. Another idea is to allow young artists from the Academy of Fine Arts to organize exhibitions in the long corridors that connect the building’s wings.

Each element of the window is custom made and framed by hand

The craftsmen reign on the whole until late autumn. The façade is currently being restored in close coordination with the monument protection authorities. After the analysis of the finds, the original blue of the glass facade was reproduced. Each element of the window is custom made and must be framed by hand in the steel facade, because hardly any element is alike. Although the original parts consisted of single glazing, they are now replaced by double glazing. “We do what is energetically possible,” Roskothen explains. “We will keep the original floor.”


The dark marble floor, the staircase and the load-bearing concrete skeleton are also preserved in the Buhck building. The facade is currently being removed in order to add a third floor. In order to maintain the corporate goal of climate neutrality, triple glazing, an ice accumulation system and photovoltaics will also be installed.

Confidence that the Buhck Foundation administration will move in 2022

Delivery difficulties caused by the pandemic have also caused delays in your project and increased investment to a whopping eight million euros. But he is confident that the administration and the Buhck Foundation can still move in 2022.

Heiner Roskothen looks around. “Architecture conveys an incredibly friendly working atmosphere,” he says. It’s exciting that the world of work is changing so much: “In many professions you just need a desk and a laptop.” This should be reflected in a co-working area.

Eventually everyone meets – for really good coffee

“The next few weeks are really going to start,” he says. “We need about seven months for the internal works and we want to try to take into account the needs of our tenants. Our goal is for the first tenants to move in late autumn ”. Part of the park covering an area of ​​approximately 11,000 square meters will be open to the public. And then everyone gets together – for really good coffee.

Updated: Fri 2/11/2022 6:14 am

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