State-of-the-art Office Building With Texlon® ETFE in Hamburg

The state-of-the-art Unilever Headquarters for Germany, Austria, and Switzerland is situated directly on the River Elbe in Hamburg, Germany. Specifically, it is located in the harbor district of HafenCity and it is an example of great architecture. It was awarded the “Best Office Building in the World” at the World Architecture Festival 2009. Further, it is also one of the largest single-layered Texlon® ETFE facades in the world.

An Innovative Texlon® ETFE Facade

For the Unilever headquarters office building Vector Foiltec designed and installed an innovative facade with Texlon® ETFE. Individual Texlon® ETFE facade elements were placed in front of the insulating glass of the building to act as a screen to protect the daylight optimizing UV protection blinds from the elements. Meanwhile, the elements still enable ventilation to be controlled through individual windows.

Texlon® ETFE facade elements are also characterized by very high tear and puncture resistance, resistance to hail, and excellent transparency in visible light. In addition, the low-energy surface does not allow mold and bacteria to stick and a simple shower of rain is sufficient to clean this facade.

Ongoing History

In 2021, New Work SE, e.g. carries on the online business network Xing, moved into the building and those employees will continue to view through the Texlon® ETFE facade. The impressive history of this state-of-the-art building is still happening.


Date 2009
Location Hamburg, Germany
Sector Offices
Size 6,454 m²
Structure Steel
Type Facade
Architects Behnisch Architekten

Expert Contact

Geoffrey Walters
Sales Manager Germany / Scandinavia / Benelux / DACH

Unilever Office Building at night - front view on the innovative Texlon ETFE facade
State-of-the-art Office Building at night.
Side view of the state-of-the-art Texlon ETFE facade
Texlon® ETFE facade elements in front of the insulating glass

Impressive Office Building with innovative Texlon ETFE facade
Ventilation can be controlled through individual windows
Front view of the Texlon ETFE single-layer facade - onto the Elbe
Front view of the Texlon® ETFE single-layer facade

Top Image left to right © Andreas Braun, © Peter Eberts; Bottom images left to right © Peter Eberts, © Andreas Braun

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