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The winners of the "ICONIC AWARDS 2019: Innovative Architecture" have been selected and can look forward to this top-class award. One of the winners is the system Surf, which is offered by the Agrob Buchtal brand in cooperation with the bathroom system specialist Gerloff & Söhne (Eschwege).
The "Jagdhof Glashütte", one of the most beautiful country hotels in Germany, is situated in the middle of the most densely wooded area of Germany, the idyllic Rothaar Mountains. As the icing on the cake, a new Deep-Forest-Spa area was to complement the five-star, nature-inspired feel-good concept. The interior design office Bachhuber Geissinger, in cooperation with the architectural ceramics specialist Agrob Buchtal, accepted the challenge of the conversion. They renovated the outdated swimming pool and sauna area and used selected materials to create a relaxation area which interprets the "Jagdhof" theme in a modern way and at the same time integrates the tried and tested.
Seattle is located in the American state of Washington and is the biggest city in the northwest of the USA. The metropolis has a very high quality of life and is characterized by water, mountains and hills. It has several nicknames such as e.g. Emerald City in allusion to the plenty of green or Jet City as an indication of the nearby Boeing aircraft works.
In the second half of 2018, within a few days a branch of the renowned Macrina bakery chain in the Capitol Hill district was renovated “from the bottom up” in the true sense of the word. The crowning final step of the extensive modernization was a new floor covering in the form of ceramic tiles from Agrob Buchtal's DryTile system. The project was accompanied by DryTile North America LLC, which was founded at the end of 2017.
The new office buildings on the Crédit Agricole Italia campus in Parma, certified with LEED Platinum in 2019, are a prime example of sustainable construction. Planned by the architecture office Frigerio Design Group in Genoa, they harmonize with the existing buildings, offer a pleasant working environment, are highly energy-efficient and rely on sustainable building materials. The KeraTwin K20 ceramic facade system of Agrob Buchtal provided the project with additional certification points.
The water shimmering mysteriously blue through the glass panels of the rooftop pool is already visible from afar and makes the roof of the Hotel Olympus Palace an unmistakable landmark, especially in the evening. Hotel guests and passers-by who have become curious and visit this roof terrace find a new open areas with a large pool landscape designed by the Barcelona architecture office Matic & Garau. With sand-beige porcelain stoneware tiles of the Valley series of Agrob Buchtal, the restrained, elegant area invites to swim and sunbathe, but also to enjoy delicious drinks and events at the bar.
Essential aspects of a boutique hotel are excellent service as well as individuality, charm and character - all attributes that the Hotel Ottilia in Copenhagen has in common. The building originally was part of the Carlsberg Brewery, which brewed world-famous beer in the district of the same name from 1847 to 2008. After extensive renovations, the 4-star-plus-house Ottilia, which belongs to Denmark's leading boutique hotel chain Brøchner, was opened in spring 2019 in the listed building ensemble. The architecture by Arkitema Architects and the interior design by Brøchner's design team have an industrial look to match the historic location: It is unspoilt, unadorned and rough, but at the same time with typical Scandinavian elegance, casualness and a sense of style. As a reminiscence of the old ceramic façade of the building base, almost all bathrooms were fitted with striking ceramic wall and floor tiles from Agrob Buchtal's Craft series.
People who remain loyal to a company throughout their working lives have become rare. Josef Meßmann is one of these exceptions. He joined the former Buchtal AG on 1 August 1967 at the age of 14. After an unprecedented career, he has been in charge of the factory since 2013, where a complex range of ceramic tiles for public and private areas is manufactured. Today, the company is part of Deutsche Steinzeug Cremer & Breuer AG, headquartered in Witterschlick near Bonn. After almost 52 years with the company, Josef Meßmann is now going into well-earned retirement at the end of April 2019, but will continue to advise the company.
Building law requirements due to the protection of existing buildings from the 1950s as well as the embedding in a residential area made the modernization of the Edeka market in Flensburg a challenge which the leading architectural office Hansen mastered skillfully. The result is a shopping centre with an extraordinary atmosphere that combines old and new in a special way. Stylistically matching floor tiles as a connecting element and fundamental basis make an important contribution to this. Representative XXL wall tiles in the meat counter area avoid unadorned sterility and set attractive accents.
The municipal site between the Jewish Museum, the new TAZ building and the former flower wholesale market hall at Kreuzberg was not simply awarded to the highest bidder, but to the one who submitted the best concept for a development. This procedure alone distinguishes the "Integrative building project at the former flower wholesale market" (IBeB) from most other German residential buildings. Also unique is the fact that the project development was not the responsibility of a group of investors, but rather of a merger of Selbstbaugenossenschaft (building cooperative) Berlin with the architects' working group ifau | Heide & von Beckerath. The three-dimensional ceramic elements of the Craft series specially manufactured for the ETICS facade give the building an unmistakably plastic appearance which subtly underlines all these special features without pushing itself into the foreground.
In 2019 again, Agrob Buchtal used the internationally leading BAU trade fair for the dialogue with the relevant professional target groups including planners, craftsmen and dealers. In the usual place (pavilion A4 / stand 500) the company presented up-to-date solutions in the building ceramics sector for public and private areas.