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20.06.2016

The Ferdinand’s at Aschaffenburg:
Exclusive but not deterrently elitist

Today it is common practice for many people to buy things online via the internet. However, shops in the real “offline world“ still have their charm for all those who attach importance to atmosphere, mood, flair or the frequently quoted pleasant shopping experience, which goes far beyond the simple acquisition of products needed just at that moment. The essential aspect for this is that the customer feels good in the sales rooms and the ambience subtly triggers agreeable emotions or - in slangy words - “good vibrations“. The presentation of the goods and the materials used of course play an important part in this connection. These factors are decisive for the overall impression and, from the point of view of depth psychology, influence both impulse and targeted buying.

23.05.2016

Pretoria (South Africa):
Architectural witness to history gleams in new splendour

Today’s Pretoria Tower (also known as “Volkskas Building“ or “Absa Tower“) was erected at the end of the 1970s. The building not only was the first skyscraper in the rapidly growing metropolis of Pretoria, but also was considered as showcase project for modern construction at that time throughout South Africa. Thus, it is an architectural witness to history which - centrally located at the corner of Pretorius Street / Lilian Ngoyi Street - represents a landmark visible from far away within the business quarter of the city. This exposed position and its monumental, sculptural appearance make the Pretoria Tower a striking reference point, which has been a characteristic element of the cityscape for more than three decades.

20.05.2016

Welcoming the next generation of architects from the Federal Institute of Technology Zurich
Future-oriented visit to the Buchtal factory

The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology at Zurich was founded in 1855 as former Federal Polytechnic School. Since that time, it has developed into one of the globally leading technology and science universities. Accordingly, the list of graduates and lecturers reads like the who is who of masterminds and even includes Nobel laureates such as Albert Einstein or Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen. Today, approximately 500 professors are teaching and doing research at the renowned educational institution counting about 18,500 students from more than 110 countries.

06.04.2016

Rehabilitation clinic “Sonnenblick“ at Marburg
Harmonious consistency based on a comprehensive concept

The series Emotion of the German brand Agrob Buchtal lives up to its name at a project in the medical university town of Marburg: ceramic tiles of this collection have a significant influence on the emotional atmosphere in the new building of the rehabilitation clinic “Sonnenblick“ situated there and simplified planning and coordination processes in addition. The consistent, comprehensive use of these tiles creates an agreeable ambience and demonstrates how ceramic wall and floor coverings can make valuable contributions to modern architecture.

21.12.2015

Pathbreaking example at GGT permanent exhibition at Iserlohn
Barrier-free multi-generation bathroom for comfort in all life situations

The bathroom is one of the most important rooms of a house: every day begins and ends there, and it is the place to which we retire for the personal moments of life. Against this background, the significance of terms like multi-generation bathroom or Universal Design has considerably increased. In simple words, these terms stand for products, concepts and services which are not aimed at certain age groups, phases of life or culture areas. In short: solutions that are universal in the best sense of the word and can be used by a multitude of persons without great adaptation, but at the same time offer a high degree of individuality, usefulness and comfort. This also includes the frequently quoted barrier-free accessibility which ideally is realized in such a way that it does not impair the visual overall impression but is discreetly integrated without stigmatization and without associations of frailty, illness, senility or the like.