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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.
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.
The Architects’ Darling was held for the first time in 2011 on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the company Heinze (Celle), the leading German provider of information services in the building sector. This Award has straightaway established itself as the biggest annual opinion poll among architects throughout Germany. This time as well, approximately 1,800 architects and planners participated in order to vote for the brands favoured by them in 24 product categories. In addition, the best in seven marketing categories were awarded prizes by a jury of experts.
Approximately 30 km to the southwest of Montpellier in the French region of Languedoc-Roussillon, the spa Balaruc-les-Bains is located, which is rich in tradition and has been well-known for the high quality of its thermal water already since the 16th century. There, directly on the shore of the Mediterranean lagoon Étang de Thau, a new thermal bath was realized, which started its normal operation in spring of 2015 for up to 4,200 spa guests every day - a number which is just as impressive as the architectural level of this project. Ceramic tiles of Agrob Buchtal decisively contribute to its aesthetic overall picture.
The times at which youth hostels stood for spartan furnishings and facilities definitely seem to have gone. A typical example has been realized recently in the Swiss Saas-Fee: the currently first youth hostel with an own wellness area is making international headlines. Carefully selected ceramic tiles are architecturally convincing, which, on the one hand, take into account the alpine character of the environment, and, on the other hand, ensure impressive aesthetics thanks to project-specific special solutions.