Stadtwerke Karlsruhe

The administrative headquarters of Stadtwerke Karlsruhe were reopened in 2017 after renovation lasting a couple of years. 

In a construction project extending over a two-year period, the 1970s building was completely gutted and an office/interior concept by SCOPE was implemented. The intention was to depict the future-oriented character of Stadtwerke Karlsruhe without losing sight of corporate values. 

The headquarters has now been given areas for customer consultations, a canteen complete with kitchen, workshops, conference rooms, and offices for 550 employees. These offices have been furnished with products including the Mera office chair with fully upholstered backrest, as well as the premium Ciello task chair. Black is a recurring feature in the colour scheme, forming a contrast with the otherwise bright furniture. Mera with its black base and dark-grey upholstery contrasts nicely with the white workstations.


Architecture: SCOPE Architekten, Stuttgart

Photos: zooey braun FOTOGRAFIE, Stuttgart

Area of use Open-plan office
Product Ciello task chair, Mera task chair
Branch Public administration
Country Germany
Town/city Karlsruhe
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Employed products

Mera task chair
Office swivel chair

 It can be used anywhere from the team workplace to the executive office, as an all-rounder or premium version. The chair for all office applications is both attractive and dynamic. Mera is perfect in form and function, offering an excellent price-performance balance.

To product

Ciello task chair
Office swivel chair

  • Innovative DLX ® Duo-Latex upholstery in seat and backrest
  • Fully upholstered backrest
  • reddot Design Award 2005
  • Nominated for the Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany 2006
  • Also available as conference swivel chair and visitor chair

To product

Stadtwerke Karlsruhe
Reference report

Height-adjustable armrest
Adjustable in height by 10 cm, scaled.
The ISO 10993 is an ISO standard series for the biological evaluation of medical devices.
Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany
This design award from the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology was presented for leading international achievements from the field of product design for the first time in 1969, when it went by the name of "Bundespreis Gute Form". Since 2006, the Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany has been awarded annually for outstanding achievements in the areas of product and communication design and for a selected design personality.
The iF label is recognised worldwide as a quality mark for excellent design.
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.
An abradant and a fabric are subjected to a rubbing motion using the Martindale method. Abrasion resistance is stated in rub cycles. Rub cycles are used as a unit, like grams or centimetres. The fabric is more durable the higher the number of cycles.
red dot design award
The red dot design award is an international design competition that is staged annually, breaking down into the categories of product design and communication design.
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.
Targets for the sustainability and environmental compatibility of the products are defined in the product development process and the ecological footprint requirements are stipulated as part of the quality assessment. The ecological footprint includes both the recycling rate and an assessment of the energy input.
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.