On 2 May, Damen Marine Components (DMC) held a grand opening of its new office in Hamburg, Germany. The decision to move to new premises in the city was the result of space becoming available in the award-winning Doppel X building at 58 Heidenkampsweg.

Designed by Teherani Architects (Hamburg), it sets the highest standards in both design and sustainability, an attribute it shares with DMC. The opening ceremony was led by Bear Damen, son of Damen Shipyards Group chairman Kommer Damen.

DMC Hamburg is one of the company’s seven engineering and service locations, with a focus on the engineering of its seagoing rudders, steering gear and energy saving devices. DMC will be joining their colleagues from Damen Services Germany, who also transferred to 58 Heidenkampsweg. Their committed team offers technical assistance, repair services, spare parts, dry docking assistance and spare parts for all types of vessels in the region.

‘We were looking for the opportunity to improve our working environment at every level,’ says DMC’s Wojciech Pawlowski, operations manager Hamburg. ‘The availability of space in a building that not only shares Damen’s commitment to sustainability and craftsmanship, but also designed for maximum productivity and well-being, was too good to miss.’

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Doppel X

Doppel X – the name signifies the dual nature of the building’s form, which appears as two mirrored X-shaped structures intersecting at the core – has multiple features that benefit both the environment and the people working in it. These include a wide range of energy-efficient systems while the design delivers improved indoor air quality, ample natural light and ergonomic workspaces. Together these enhance employee comfort and productivity and, with DMC moving from a nineteenth century building, the resulting reductions in energy consumption will be substantial.

The new office space is also more representative of Damen’s values, and not only because it was built using sustainable materials. Doppel X’s modern design and efficient layout better reflects Damen’s forward-thinking ethos and commitment to innovation, and will reinforce these attributes in the eyes of visiting customers and partners.

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