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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.
The buying of food is a sensuous, haptic experience at which the checking of the consistency of fruit, vegetables, meat or fish and impulse buys play an important part. In this connection, of course the products offered are essential, but also the environment in which they are presented. The floor covering is of particular importance: functionally because everything happens on it, and visually because it has a decisive influence on the overall impression. So far, its renewal has required great technical efforts and a lot of time. Now there is a solution which avoids these disadvantages and opens up new potentials: DryTile floor tiles of Agrob Buchtal. A convincing example for this is Dornseifers Frischemarkt (food product market) at Much/Germany. There, approximately 2,000 square metres of new tiles were laid in only four (!) working days in the autumn of 2018.
Prefabrication is and always has been a key issue in construction on account of the advantages associated with it: components can be manufactured under ideal conditions independent of weather and then mounted or assembled efficiently so as to save time and money. For example this way, it is now possible to mount prefabricated houses within a single day. Prefabricated elements also play a key role in the safety-relevant area of facades. Apart from the goal of saving time and money as referred to above, there is yet another advantage in densely-populated cities: in many cases, there simply is not enough space to store semi-finished products on construction sites in terms of safety and logistics. A perfect example of where these aspects applied was realized in London in 2018 and involved competent collaboration by the renowned German companies Lindner Fassaden GmbH (Arnstorf) and Agrob Buchtal GmbH (Schwarzenfeld).
The collection District was inspired by the typical tile claddings of the Metro stations in big cities such as Paris or London. The special features of this so-called “Metro tile” are glossy glazes and bevelled edges on all sides in order to create reflections in this way, which improved the poor lighting conditions in most of the underground stations at that time. This filigree and yet distinctive type of tiles has always been and still is very popular among Industrial Style enthusiasts. Agrob Buchtal now interprets this subject in a contemporary manner with modern formats and colours. The new wall tile series has been developed for expressive wall designs in public areas. Its characteristics: clear, rectangular and faceted*.
Inspired by the diversity of Africa, the new ceramic tile series Kiano is based on a fascinating interplay of calmer elements and extraordinary decorations. The distinctive natural design consisting of a mixture of stone and cement stands for naturalness and craftsmanship, but also for sensuousness. An extremely versatile collection of Agrob Buchtal, which provides immense creative scope for individuality and authentic designs in all private living areas.
At the beginning of 2018, Agrob Buchtal successfully launched the collection Modern White. It offers the possibility of combining noble pearl-white tiles with matching decorative ceramic elements and thus permits to design walls in living areas harmoniously and full of inspiration. The new full-surface decorative element Botanic now enriches the range and picks up the urban jungle living trend. The design is fresh and vivid, but at the same time also reflects the calming, natural effect of exotic motifs.