Convertible in Cologne


DEG Köln
DEG Cologne Duera
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DEG Köln Itera1
DEG Köln Konferenz
DEG Köln

When the sun is out, it shines directly into the spacious atrium of the new DEG corporate headquarters. With this effect in mind, JSK Architekten have designed the complex with a variable roof.

The complex is intended as a venue at which the company stages events for German and international partners - with "open-air" as the buzzword in good weather. It was the idea of the "convertible roof" that won JSK Architekten the commission from Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft, a company belonging to the KfW banking group. The designers are renowned for their spectacular projects, including Berlin's O2 World Arena and the German capital's new major airport. They developed the new headquarters for DEG at a site measuring 2,800 square metres in downtown Cologne. The complex opened its doors for 410 employees in 2008.

Framed by the striking grid of the five-storey sandstone facade, the glazed fronts showcase the development financiers' working day at the office. Transparent partitions inside the building ensure that vital light penetrates deep into the rooms. Interior designers Claudia de Bruyn and Uta Cossmann have created a spacious entrance with inviting oval furnishings. Light tones for wood partitions and flooring predominate the interior décor, conjuring up a congenial, upbeat atmosphere. Bright colours mark out the different areas. Restaurants sport a lively orange, while the spacious lounges between the offices are highlighted in yellow.

The offices provide a perfect mix of openness and privacy for personal contact with customers. The areas for concentrated activities pan out behind the transparent facade as an alternating succession of individual offices, team offices and meeting rooms. The combination of white and turquoise provides a light touch in the offices. The financiers have chosen their office and meeting chairs from Klöber's Duera range. Duera combines effective ergonomic features with an attractive silhouette.
The mesh of the backrest offers special comfort, its three-dimensional flexibility supporting the back in all sitting positions. The team offices are provided with seats featuring coloured fabric upholstery, while the exclusive leather variants embellish the management floors. The comfortable Itera chair has been chosen for the conference rooms. Healthy and mobile, staff and customers are suitably inspired to make the right decisions.

DEG head office, Cologne
JSK Architekten, Düsseldorf
Interior design:    
Claudia de Bruyn, Ratingen/Hamburg and Uta Cossmann, Düsseldorf
Duera and Itera, Klöber GmbH, Owingen
Hans Georg Esch, Hennef-Stadt Blankenberg


Height-adjustable armrest
Adjustable in height by 10 cm, scaled.
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Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany
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Lumbar support
Lumbar support, optional. Provides additional support for the lumbar region.
Point-synchronised mechanism
Constant contact with the pelvis during the entire movement. No "shirtdragging" effect.
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Intervertebral discs
An intervertebral disc is a flexible link consisting of fibrocartilage between the vertebrae.
3D arm supports
The armrest top is adjustable by 5 cm in depth and by approx. 3 cm in width without tools. The armrest top is made from soft TPU foam with a pleasant soft feel that is gentle to the skin.
Quality Office
The Quality Office guideline defines quality standards for office furnishings in accordance with the latest ergonomic findings.
Counter chair
Counter chairs are intended specifically for use at checkouts, at counters and reception desks in the retail and wholesale sectors, airports, info points, hotels hospitals and banks.
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The American LEED® quality mark (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the most broadly established certificate on the international market.
DLX® (Duo-Latex) mesh. Breathable 2-ply technology featuring flexible latex fabric for optimum pressure distribution in the seat and back avoids pressure points and promotes circulation.
The Dutch NPR standard (= Nederlandse Praktijk Richtlijn) defines special office chair dimensions for particularly short and tall people.
Klöber office swivel chairs bear the “GS” (safety-approved) seal of approval and fully comply with the relevant standards and guidelines.