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Modification Mazda Klagenfurt

Year 2021

Category economy

Location Klagenfurt am Wörthersee

Photos Kurt Kuball


A good workplace is not only a showpiece, but also the basis of good work. 


Bringing office space from the 1980s into the present was the planning task assigned to spado architects.


The latest information technologies such as the Internet, cloud or big data are accelerating the transformation of our environment, the way we work, our business models and our lives. As a counter-movement, the real place and its quality are given a new status. 

We are at the beginning of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Technological advances are on an unprecedented scale and nobody knows exactly how we will work in five, ten or fifteen years‘ time. 

Employees and companies are still dependent on the territorial office. However, the way it is handled has changed. While small offices were still common in the 1980s, today new hybrid forms are emerging with open, flexible floor plans and functional interior design, complemented by elements of a homely ambience.

Mazda operates an international sales, marketing and logistics organization in Klagenfurt for the wholesale trade of cars and spare parts. 

The task was to create a new, clear overall architectural concept for the old office building located in Klagenfurt.

Mazda Klagenfurt, Werkstätten

Fig. 1 
In-house workshop which was provided with works of art

Mazda Klagenfurt, Grundrisse OG 2

Fig. 2
Floor 2 before and after the conversion 


Workflows, organizational structures and the way we work together are changing from hierarchical to team-oriented. Therefore, rooms and functions must also be able to respond to these demands.

In the course of the renovation work, floor plans were simplified, partition walls removed, partially replaced with glass walls and textile curtains, and the route through the building was optimized.  


The term biophilia was introduced in terminology by the German-US-American psychoanalyst, philosopher and social psychologist Erich Fromm and means as much as „love of life“ or „love of the living“.

Studies show that plants have a positive effect on their environment. They have a relaxing and stimulating effect on us and make us more optimistic. Indoor plants are not only oxygen suppliers and humidifiers. Some species can even absorb environmental toxins such as formaldehyde, benzene or trichloroethylene. 

In the course of the renovation work, the entire building was equipped with a variety of indoor plants in order to benefit from the positive properties of the plants.

Fig. 3
Acoustically insulating ceiling tiles in a soft tone give the rooms warmth. The inner partitions are mostly made of glass, curtains allow semi-transparent views.

Mazda Klagenfurt, Tischfußballtisch, Bibliothek

Fig. 4 
small library and table foosball table


High-quality architecture and a pleasant working atmosphere contribute to attracting new employees and increasing productivity.

A clearly communicated identity of the company and attractively designed common areas increase the identification with the company.

Today, people make the difference: creativity, empathy, emotional intelligence and cognitive flexibility are becoming more important. And because a good environment promotes performance and well-being, workplaces become key resources for companies.

With small coffee kitchens on all levels, high-quality meeting areas, a small library, a newly designed canteen where fresh cooking is done every day, etc., these requirements for new office worlds have been translated into architecture.

In the corridors, places to stay and meet have been created. 

Fig. 5
In the spacious, light-flooded canteen, employees are offered freshly cooked meals every day.