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Tiles in home-building:
functional, aesthetic and cost-efficient

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The standards are high today when it comes to building new homes: in addition to being a profitable investment in the future, new buildings must remain aesthetically pleasing and functional for generations – cost-efficiency, accessibility and sustainability are the keywords here. In this ideal, stylish and functional design of the interior construction is possible with high-quality yet attractively priced construction materials.

Interview Gerald Wehner: “The construction of the building allows dividing up the floor plans.”

© Wehner - Architekten
© Wehner – Architekten

It is not only at imm cologne that designers like Sebastian Herkner experiment with circular forms in architecture (cf. “Das Haus 2016”). In 2012, an unusual building was erected east of Cologne: a round residential tower, like a landmark protruding from the conventional surroundings. Architect Gerald Wehner speaks about the efficiency of round structures, the degree of freedom round buildings offer the architect and the residents’ positive experiences.

Holistic design

French designer François Brument and Sonia Laugier intensively devotes themselves to the possibilities of 3D printing for the design of living spaces. Their design approach thereby aims at a holistic digital production process combining architecture and interior design. Together they developed the “Printed Habitat” – a real bedroom model with an integrated shower and a walk-in wardrobe representing the holistic production of living spaces on 15 square metres. In the following interview, François Brument and Sonia Laugier talk about their design approach and the potentials of 3D printing.

François Brument, Credit: Maria Spera
François Brument, Credit: Maria Spera
Sonia Laugier, Credit: In-Flexions
Sonia Laugier, Credit: In-Flexions

A Changing Attitude – In conversation with Winy Maas

Winy Maas is one of the directors of the globally operating architecture and urban planning firm MVRDV, which was founded in 1993 by Maas, Jacob van Rijs and Nathalie de Vries in Rotterdam. The products of MVRDV’s unique approach to design vary, ranging from buildings of all types and sizes, to urban plans and visions, numerous publications, installations and exhibitions. In the interview, Winy Maas speaks about the transformation of the former Serp & Molot factory area in Moscow and the importance of developing new typologies.

Winy Maas © Boudewijn Bollmann
Winy Maas © Boudewijn Bollmann

Mr. Maas, MVRDV has won the competition for the transformation of the former Serp & Molot factory area in Moscow into a new neighbourhood. How would you describe the task and the concept?

It’s the monumental task to transform 58 hectare inner city brown lands into a lively neighbourhood for 19,000 inhabitants and 16,000 workers. Our concept respects the past, we decided against a ‘tabula rasa’. MVRDV’s winning scheme builds upon the current layout and identity of the site. By taking the characteristic factory streets, buildings and objects as starting points, a new layer is added to the neighbourhood. Historical structures such as large chimneys and pipes are preserved and other structures are integrated into new buildings. Large factory halls are replaced by urban blocks that follow the footprint of the old factory with additional green courtyards. By partitioning the blocks further into segments and applying different densities the plan diversifies the area. Ground floor spaces are reserved for public facilities and retail. This leads to a vivid, green, complex and highly dense urban plan which strongly respects the character of the site. An existing factory transport ring will be repaired and become part of a park that will form a threedimensional spine for the new neighbourhood. This public urban space will house playgrounds, sports facilities, open air markets and pavilions. Schools and day care centres are connected to
this ring park. On top of the transport ring a sky walk can be made in between the tops of the trees, overlooking the surrounding neighbourhood.

All lights are green for imm cologne 2015

Stylish, modern and inspiring: in January 2015, imm Cologne will once again be the trendsetter for the interior design industry and the place to be for visitors from around the world. As the year’s first trade show for interior design, imm cologne showcases contemporary and future trends for the next season and inspires with high-class exhibitors and events.

A highlight of the fair is the project “Das Haus – Interiors on Stage”. By means of a simulation of a house with a living space of 240 square meters (2,500 square feet) which is furnished and decorated by a renowned interior designer each year, imm cologne provides new stimuli for the world of lifestyle. For 2015, the influential designer duo Lyndon Neri und Rossana Hu, who have been sparking excitement all over the world with their mixture of western design and Chinese varieties of forms and shapes, could be won over to take on the project.

Renowned brands such as Vitra, Thonet, Walter Knoll, B&B Italia, Ligne Roset and De Sede as well as prominent new exhibitors Fendi/Trussardi, Hülsta and outdoor furniture manufacturer Dedon will provide for high-class design and abundant inspiration for the visitors. Already this year, imm cologne could look back on a gratifyingly high number of international exhibitors; for 2015, the trade show expects it to increase even more. “More than ever, this makes imm cologne the epitome of worldwide furniture trends, and it enables purchasers to select from a broad range of products from different countries and of different styles”, says Gerald Böse, chairman of management of Koelnmesse GmbH.

vitra at imm cologne 2014
vitra at imm cologne 2014

For more information, see www.imm-cologne.de.