Sitting majestically on the green rolling hills of Kollerschlag in a far corner of Austria, the Basecamp looks a little like a spacecraft that has just landed. Inside, a small army of Loxonauts bring the greenest Smart Home System to thousands of homes across the world. Their target? To become a world leader in Smart Homes.
The impressive high-tech building has been designed for enjoyable, productive and collaborative working.
Psst… Do not disturb!
Max. Concentration Areas
We cultivate a trusting, friendly and open approach here at Loxone. This is reflected in the open plan design of the Basecamp with public meeting spaces and only three small private meeting rooms.
In the Basecamp all Loxonauts work side by side in the same room. The arrangement of the teams is structured so that the noisier teams (like sales and support) are towards the front of the office, and the teams needing the most quiet (like the software development team) are towards the back. Meetings are held only in the designated areas to avoid disturbing others unnecessarily.
Basecamp offers many retreat areas. Specially designed seating cubicles dotted around the office help block out any background noise and include a table and power outlet to allow Loxonauts to concentrate fully on the task in hand. When working in the so-called “alcove” there is a clear rule: do not disturb!
Large desks with contemporary dual-screen facilities create a flexible and productive working environment.
FRESHLY COOKED EVERY DAY
The Basecamp has its very own in-house chef who prepares a selection of delicious food daily in the ultra-modern kitchen. There’s also a salad buffet, soup and a selection of breads: something for everyone, for a small price.
Fancy A Snack?
In the forum, the honesty bar has everything you could wish for. Coffee, tea, soft drinks, snacks and even after work beers can be purchased with just the touch of an iButton. Water and soda water’s on tap and the fruit is free.
THE BEST VIEWS AROUND
The floor-to-ceiling glass windows spanning the length of the Basecamp ensure that wherever your desk is, you’re guaranteed a great view over the Austrian countryside.
BLENDING INSIDE & OUT
Natural materials such as wood, leather, paper and stone are present throughout the Basecamp to ensure a creative, welcoming atmosphere that’s more akin to that of a hotel than an electronics company. There are splashes of Loxone green throughout the building to give it a fun and unique feel.
Built For Communication
The whole building concept is designed to promote communication with the Forum as the hub. This is the most popular area for meeting others since this is where the coffee machine lives!
Unique Acoustic Design
A unique acoustic design allows concentrated working in an open-plan office. Custom ceiling panels with 3D matrix material (and integrated lighting) were built to help absorb sound along with sound-absorbing curtains.
The Basecamp is a very flexible space. Noise reducing blackout curtains can be activated at the touch of a button to create defined partitions for presentations and training. In the office upstairs, the ceiling panels have spaces between them to allow for sound absorbing curtains to be put up if needed in the future.
The backbone of the Basecamp is the Green Tower. It spans two stories and houses all of the Loxone hardware for the building.
OPEN SPACE & PLAYGROUND
Basecamp offers plenty of space both inside and out – enough to welcome over 700 people! At the annual family celebration, the Basecamp is filled with the friends and family of Loxonauts, and with outdoor games like slacklining and a basketball hoop, it’s a year round playground.
ALWAYS READY TO PARTY
Whether we’re celebrating a big release, birthday party, Family Day, Partner Event or just an afterwork beer in the barbeque area, with just a tap on the App, the Basecamp becomes the perfect party host, adjusting the music and lighting for just the right atmosphere.
Everything runs automatically in the Basecamp – from the lighting and heating to the blinds, music and security. In fact, even the little robotic lawnmover is under the command of the Miniserver. Through the use of sensors, the Miniserver can detect and react automatically to changes in weather conditions, temperature fluctuations and security breaches. It even pauses the music when someone rings the doorbell.
One of the most unique features of the Basecamp is the lighting. In the office, there are special bulbs that support the human biorhythm. Unlike typical flash halogen lights, these lights mimic real daylight. In the mornings and evenings, they are slightly reddish, changing to slightly bluish during the working day to aid concentration.
Drive through Kollerschlag in the evening and you’ll see the Basecamp lit up in all its splendour. There are over 427 metres of LED strips in and around the Basecamp – it’s really quite a spectacular sight!
Both the Basecamp and its Miniservers have their own defense mechanism. Safety is very important to us and the Miniserver excels at keeping guard.
If the Miniserver senses no-one’s been in the Basecamp for 30 minutes, the alarm automatically switches on. If it sense any movement, the alarm immediately springs to life: lights flash, the blinds are raised and music blasts out at a deafening volume. If it’s a false alarm, one touch of an iButton on the reader switches everything back to normal.
Garage Door Lights
There’s an underground car park built into the hillside at the Basecamp with a curved entry road and a door that’s out of the line of sight. However, an LED strip at the entrance of the car park glows red if the door is open and green when it’s closed, so there’s no need to go outside to check.
The Miniserver informs us reliably via phone call if things don’t seem right. If the patio door has been left open and there’s no event happening that evening, the Miniserver will send a reminder to close it.
The blinds in Basecamp do much more than just open and close. Depending on the sun’s position in the sky and the target in the office, the blinds will adjust automatically to ensure all Loxonauts enjoy a comfortable temperature and don’t end up with the sun in their eyes or burning their backs.
ALL IN ONE:
IBUTTONS FOR ACCESS & PAYMENTS
Each Loxonaut is issued an iButton on their first day. This has several functions in the Basecamp. They are easier to use than traditional keys, more flexible and can even be used instead of cash. In addition, if it gets losts, we can simply delete the configuration on the lost iButton, rendering it useless.
Every Loxonaut has an iButton to access the Basecamp during working hours. But not everyone has weekend access or access to the warehouse. The collection port is a separate area of the warehouse that can be accessed via iButton, meaning that delivery couriers can make collections outside normal working hours, and we can see when they arrived and when they left.
The work we do is largely paperless, which makes filing cabinets and other storage spaces superfluous. However, each employee has their own lockable box for storing personal ‘stuff’. This can only be unlocked with their personal iButton.
There’s no need to carry cash in the Basecamp, since all drinks, sweets and even lunch can be purchased simply by tapping your iButton on the various readers around the canteen. The snack drawer will unlock as soon as an iButton is held up to it. The iButton readers usually glow red, and when a transaction is successful they mometarily go green. This, together with a wall mounted iPad showing the latest transactions means there’s no wondering “has it worked?”
MUSIC FOR MOTIVATION
Wherever you are in the Basecamp, you’ll usually hear music. In fact, there are 17 music zones in the building including in the toilets and outside on the patio. When the first Loxonaut arrives in the morning, the music starts automatically in the forum and upstairs in the office.
No More Headaches
There’s nothing worse than being sat in a hot and stuffy office and feeling a headache coming on. Luckily, the Basecamp has humidity & CO2 sensors at the ready to detect when a blast of fresh air is needed and acts accordingly.
During the excavation work at the beginning of the construction phase, we came across a groundwater source. This water has a constant temperature of 8??C and is used with us to cool the air in the Basecamp, eliminating the need for air conditioning units, even in the summer.
EXCELLENT ENERGY MANAGEMENT
The Loxone Miniserver ensures that energy is efficiently used throughout the Basecamp, and nothing goes to waste.
All screens and other devices left on standby such as the photocopier and coffee machine are switched off standby mode at night to help conserve energy.
The lighting, heating and blinds all work together to take advantage of free solar energy to keep the Basecamp at a pleasant temperature.
Pinpoint Energy Use
The motion sensors ensure the lighting, heating, cooling and audio are only on when they need to be. Through the app, we can get an exact overview of where the most energy is being used and can take steps to optimise and cut down.
A unique aluminium rail system which is fed in several places with 24V draws runs throughout the entire Basecamp. This powers the sensors, such as presence detectors and CO2 & temperature sensors, as well as lighting at the Basecamp, which is based on 24V.
FOR THE TECHIES
In the Loxone Basecamp, 8 Miniservers are in use due to the size of the installation and its comprehensive functions. The other components in the application include:
Miniserver & Extensions
- 8x Miniserver
- 42x Extension
- 18x DMX Extension
- 22x Relay Extension
- 4x Dimmer Extension
- 46x 1-Wire Extension
- 2x IR Extension
- 2x AirBase Extension
- 1x Multi Extension Air
- 1x RS485 Extension
- 102x RGBW Dimmer DMX
- 3x RGBW Air
- Lumitech Lighting
- 10x IR Module
- 36x Smoke Detector Air
- 16x Smart Socket Air
- 2x Remote Air
- 2x Loxone Touch Air
- 2x Loxone Music Server
- approx. 75 Motion Sensors
- approx. 100 active iButtons