One of the highlights of the trip was our visit to the Loxone HQ, also located in Kollerschlag, just across the road from the show home.
It’s one of those stunning contemporary buildings that looks like a spaceship has landed.
An ultra-modern facility with around 100 ‘Loxonauts’ working there, it’s the building where all the hardware and software for the smart home system is developed as well as being home to the administration, marketing and training departments too.
We started our tour of the Mother Ship on the basement level which houses the distribution centre. With row after row of lovely Loxone smart home tech, what would you give for a 10 minute trolly dash around this warehouse 🙂
We noticed over the weekend that nearly everything we used from pens to cooking utensils were all in Loxone’s corporate green. The cool staircase to the next level of base camp was no different as we climbed to the ground floor level of the building.
Here the reception area sits in front of the training room where partners from Germany and Austria receive their certification.
You can also see the range of Loxone smart home products as well as check out their worldwide locations (including their new offices in China).
The rest of this level is taken up with a cool cafe where everyone enjoys chef prepared lunches each day.
There’s an NFC system for employee snacks and drinks too with wall mounted iPads showing who’s had what. The work hard, play hard ethic here, along with the foosball table and basketball hoop, all make the atmosphere seem more silicon valley than Austrian village.
This floor to ceiling rack of Loxone hardware towers above your head and it continues on through to the top floor, which was where we were headed next.
The huge open plan top deck of the Base Camp is where all the action happens with the majority of staff being based up here. We visited on a Saturday and while it was empty you could imagine the productivity from this enormous office.
Some high backed soft seats were turned to look out across the stunning Austrian countryside and apparently this is where you go when looking for inspiration or to overcome that software challenge you’re working through.
More NFC is used here, this time on a long bank of cube shaped staff lockers. Even the large filing system uses this RFID tech to allow access to authorised staff.
Our guide for the day, Loxone’s CMO Florian Woess, told us they had outgrown this building and plans are at an advanced stage to extend their operation in Kollerschlag.
Construction will start next year and this major extension to the existing building will see it grow to cater for up to 400 people. Loxone’s expansion, from a start just a decade ago, continues apace.
We asked Philipp Schuster, Managing Director at Loxone UK for an update on the growth of the company in the United Kingdom and he told us…
In the seven years that we have been in the UK, we have seen continued growth and we are facing a similar situation as we face with our Basecamp in Austria; after only being in our UK offices for five years, we are looking to triple the size of our office within the next twelve months to accommodate ever-increasing demand for training and the growing size of our UK team. Such rapid growth has, at times, been challenging but overall it is the best problem to have.Philipp Schuster
There’s one more Loxone building in the vicinity. Two minutes away from HQ in the village of Kollerschlag itself is the Loxone Future Lab.
This is where the really confidential R&D stuff happens as they work on the next generation of Loxone products in total secrecy.
Our pleads for access were met with grins but nothing else. Damn it 🙂
In the final instalment we take a visit to an Austrian Self-Build that’s having a Loxone system installed, plus look at Baudisch, one of Loxone’s manufacturing plants in Germany. In the meantime checkout some more photos in the gallery below.