Takenaka Europe GmbH is currently constructing several buildings in Hamburg for the tool manufacturer Makita Engineering GmbH.

Takenaka has accompanied Makita since the Japanese tool manufacturer bought Dolmar GmbH in 1991. Now a complete restructuring of the company is taking place. Takenaka was commissioned as architect and general contractor for the entire construction project, whereby the design was created in cooperation with Tamai Architects. The restructuring will take place during ongoing operations and will therefore be divided into two construction phases:

In the first phase, the old warehouse was demolished to build a new office. A two-storey building with almost 5,000 m² gross floor space is planned. A large part of the façade is made of bricks and blends in perfectly with Hamburg’s traditional architectural landscape. Employees will move into the building before the end of June this year.

In preparation for the second construction phase, demolition work is already ongoing. A 12,700 m² distribution warehouse for the whole of Europe is being built on that location. Takenaka’s own M&E team is responsible for the energy-optimized building equipment of both construction phases.

Key facts on sustainability

  • Use of a gas motor heat pump (air-water) for heating and cooling
  • Ventilation systems with recuperative heat recovery via rotary heat exchanger
  • Area-wide LED lighting with daylight and presence-dependent switching
  • Implementation of an energy management system in relation to the consumption of all control systems (water, cooling, heating, ventilation, electrical)
  • Extensive roof greening

The overall construction measures will be completed in November 2021.