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ARCHITECTURE FOR PEOPLE

“Architecture is one of the ten, perhaps one of the six most important things in life,” Kurt Ernsting once said. In all his construction projects, he always wanted to give his employees a real sense of pleasure, without disguising the fact that they were working here. “Architecture must be there for people,” was his motto. For example, even though our distribution centres in Coesfeld-Lette and Klieken and our Regional Centre in Schwarzenbek have similar functions, they have been deliberately made to look different. Our architecture must fit perfectly into the surrounding environment and region.

Our locations

WHERE TO FIND US

 

In addition to our 1,915 store locations, we are based at three logistics locations and our head office. Our service centre as well as a large distribution centre are located in Coesfeld-Lette in Münsterland. Our stores in eastern and southern Germany as well as in Austria are supplied from our centre in Klieken in Saxony-Anhalt. We also maintain a regional centre in Schwarzenbek near Hamburg. You can find out more about our locations and their architecture on this page.

Coesfeld-Lette Service Center

OUR SERVICE CENTRE

Our 150,000 square metre company campus is located in Coesfeld-Lette, Münsterland. It consists of an ensemble of buildings designed by David Chipperfield, Bruno Reichlin, Fabio Reinhart and Santiago Calatrava and is now well-known to architecture fans all over the world. In addition to a large distribution centre, our company head office is also located here. We call this our Service Centre. It is home to a wide variety of departments: employees from Design, IT, Procurement, E-commerce, Marketing, PR, Accounting, Human Resources and many other departments work together here with the goal of making our customers happy every day.

Service Centre

OUR HEAD OFFICE

 

Aesthetics and modern design not only play an important role in the Ernsting’s family clothing. The Service Centre designed by David Chipperfield has been the beating heart of Ernsting’s family since 2001

Service Center

OUR ATRIUM

 

One basic principle of our Service Centre are the open courtyards and closed atria (covered courtyards), around which three different building components are arranged. The large entrance hall in particular often leaves a good first impression on our visitors.

Service Center

GARDENS AS A COUNTERBALANCE

 

The surrounding green spaces form a contrast to the concrete surfaces of the buildings, accentuating them even more. Ornamental grasses, hedges, rolling hills and small ponds offer employees places to retreat and a relaxed working atmosphere. Most of the employees in the Service Centre look out over this haven of peace from their offices. The entire garden area, artfully designed by Belgian landscape architect Peter Wirtz, acts as a counterbalance to the Service Centre’s architecture.

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OUR MEETING ROOMS

Floor to ceiling windows in all meeting rooms and offices ensure plenty of light and a friendly working environment. All our meeting rooms are also equipped with state-of-the-art technology for videoconferencing and presentations.

OUR MEETING CIRCLES

Our meeting circles offer additional spaces for a quick chats with colleagues.

OUR HIGH BENCHES

Our high benches, which are located in several places throughout our Service Centre, are also ideal for team meetings.

OUR CAFETERIA

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Regardless of whether that is true or not, at our Service Centre, the breakfast break is a permanent fixture in our employees’ daily routines. Our cafeteria in the atrium offers a wide range of coffee, sandwiches, cereals, fruit, yoghurts, fresh eggs and much more.

OUR CREATIVE SPACE

In our creative space you will find an inspiring atmosphere for new ideas and maximum creativity.

OUR CANTEEN

Lunch break in the green oasis. Our canteen, which offers fresh hot and cold meals every day, offers views of a green conservatory on one side and the large picking hall on the other. Now that’s a work-life balance!

OUR TABLE FOOTBALL CORNER

Our colleagues in the Service Centre like meeting for a game of table football to clear their heads and come up with some fresh ideas. Once a year, we also like to find out who is currently the best on the bars and organise a tournament. The names of the winning team then adorn the coveted challenge cup.

OUR PARKING PLATFORM

Car parks can also be aesthtic. Our beautiful parking platform was created in 2006 as the result of a competition for young architects that more than 150 architecture students took part in. The parking ramp system with parking lanes has just a 3 per cent gradient (thanks to the 127 m length) and uses the available space optimally, as the ramps are also parking spaces. The facade of wooden slats provides privacy from the exterior and at the same time creates a pleasant, warm light on the inside.

Coesfeld-Lette DISTRIBUTION CENTRE 1

COESFELD-LETTE DISTRIBUTION CENTRE

Our distribution centre in Coesfeld-Lette takes care of all the tasks surrounding the goods-distribution of all articles at Ernsting’s family. Products manufactured all over the world are temporarily stored here, checked for quality and then picked for deliveries to stores and Internet orders.

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OUR HIGH-BAY WAREHOUSE

Our fully automated high-bay warehouse is at the heart of the logistics at our Lette site, and combines storage functionality with innovative architectural aesthetics. With the floor space of a football field and a height of more than 20 metres, more than 20,000 Euro pallets of goods can be stored and made available for the logistics processes on a fully automated basis. Thanks to the photovoltaic system which is integrated on the roof and facade, the building generates enough electricity for the equivalent of about 80 detached family homes. The building was even awarded the highest platinum certificate by the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) in recognition of its innovative sustainability concept.

THE “CALATRAVA BRIDGE”

The artfully curved bridge, designed by the renowned Spanish-Swiss architect Santiago Calatrava, is a real eye-catcher. At the same time, it also has very important functions. It connects our Service Centre with the Distribution Centre on the other side of the street, serves as a handover point for small and large deliveries and ensures that the colleagues from the Service Centre can get to the main canteen without getting wet during their lunch break.

GOODS RECEIVING DEPARTMENT

The lift gates at our goods receiving point clearly bear the signature of their architect Santiago Calatrava. Lorries pull up here every day to supply us with fresh fashion. When the three futuristic-looking gate sections are closed, there is nothing that hints at the function of the building. Only when they are lifted like a pair of enormous wings do the 12 delivery gates underneath appear.

DISPATCH AREA

In contrast to the large conservatory on the other side of the building, there is a three-part ramp-like lift gate at our Distribution Centre’s dispatch area. This is where our lorries are loaded every day and set off on their rounds to stores.

OUR INTERNET LOGISTICS

In 2019, our distribution centre was extended once again by a new building based on the designs by glass artist Nabo Gass. By integrating fully automated conveyor technology, we were able to set an important, forward-oriented milestone for our internet logistics.

Klieken DISTRIBUTION CENTRE 2

KLIEKEN DISTRIBUTION CENTRE

Our distribution centre in Klieken also represents our high aspiration for an aesthetically-implemented level of functionality and work. As this centre is responsible for supplying 900 stores in Germany and Austria, many employees work here every day to ensure the success of Ernsting’s family. Perfectly integrated into the landscape, the 50,000 m² complex, which is also home to a high-bay warehouse, fulfils all the tasks for efficient logistics.

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KLIEKEN DISTRIBUTION CENTRE

The joint project from architects WoltersPartner and Dr Bernd Ernsting, Kunst und Architektur Köln, produced a complex of six buildings in Klieken, which is characterised on the outside by corrugated, silvery aluminium elements and blends harmoniously into the landscape thanks to the low building height. In 2005, the distribution centre was expanded to include additional components such as a modern high-bay warehouse. The project consortium Dr Bernd Ernsting and Norbert Wortmann was responsible for the expansion.

KLIEKEN DISTRIBUTION CENTRE

The particularly striking thing about the buildings are the 23 picture panels with picture frames on the exterior walls, which were filled with photo motifs using a screen-printing process from summer 1999 onwards. The vegetation and fauna surrounding the building were captured by artists in macroscopic black and white motifs, highlighting the beauty of the filigree structures of grasses or the perfection of fish scales.

KLIEKEN DISTRIBUTION CENTRE

The fully automated high-bay warehouse, which was completed in 2005, has the floor space of a football field and a height of more than 20 metres. It provides 120,000 storage spaces for cartons and 10,000 spaces for Euro pallets. In keeping with the surrounding undulating topography, the facade of the high-bay warehouse is broken up by vertical, semicircular pilaster strips. The cladding with corrugated profiles is a design feature and ensures a recurring, uniform appearance.

SCHWARZENBEK REGIONAL CENTRE

 

As a regional centre near the port of Hamburg, our 3,000 m² building fulfils all the same tasks as its “big brothers” in Lette and Klieken. With an unconventional architectural principle, the building not only fulfils important logistical requirements but also creates a high-quality working environment for its employees.

Schwarzenbek Regional Centre

CENTRAL TRANSPORT HUB

 

Despite having a population of just under 16,000, the city of Schwarzenbek is a central transport hub in northern Germany. Not only Hamburg, which is in the immediate vicinity, but also Berlin, Lübeck, Lüneburg, Flensburg and Rostock can be reached quickly from here via the nearby motorways and federal roads.

Schwarzenbek Regional Centre

A FUTURISTIC LOOK

 

Following the logic of the company, our Regional Centre also has its very own look that is not exactly typical for a goods distribution centre. It has a rectangular structure that initially appears simple in terms of the ground plan, but which is given a futuristic appearance from afar with its seven striking blue shed roofs. The large windows in the roofs let plenty of natural light into the hall. In addition to its function as an intermediate storage and transshipment point for the Distribution Centres in Lette and Klieken, the unconventionally designed Regional Centre also supplies around 200 stores in northern Germany.