Being an architect

A conversation with the architect Aline Neirynck of 51N4E, Belgium Young and successful – the Brussels architects at 51N4E have already made a name for themselves in the scene. Aline Neirynck has been working in the young office for seven years, and is still very enthusiastic about the open working style and atmosphere, which leave her a lot of room for personal development. I ...

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Failing is a question of the perspective

A visit to Mike Karstens’ gallery and atelier He dropped out of school shortly before the final exams, directly after his 18th birthday, had some casual jobs for a couple of years, then started an apprenticeship as a printer. After million-strong print runs of green car registration documents, but with his qualification diploma in his hand, he knew what he wanted. Mike Karstens retakes ...

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Company profile: KEUCO

‘Those who always do what they already can do, will always stay what they already are.’ The KEUCO company knows what it can do, and does not stop continuing to develop on the basis of its experience. Areas have been functionally developed for production since 1953, when a building constellation was built, and which has since been in a development phase, right up to ...

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Company profile: GIRA

‘A limited aspiration is sometimes harder to achieve than an unlimited one.’ – Leopold von Ranke Modern building technology from Gira stands for convenience, security and energy efficiency. The staff at Gira work on a great variety of intelligent functions and the user-friendly devices with unlimited aspiration. Who at Gira sets the standards, defines the targets, develops and makes sure that really everything can ...

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Company profile: FSB

‘Because the hand can grasp, thinking can also grasp.’ – Otl Aicher Motoring through the beautiful landscape of Eastern Westphalia will induce you to take your foot off the accelerator, with one wind farm following the other – the large rotor blades defining the speed for the approach to Brakel, the handle town. The five plants in two locations are in a constant state ...

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Why architects like to go sailing

They strive for perfection. Without a motor, powered by the wind Sometimes children ask us questions we cannot answer. For instance the question of which came first, the hen or the egg, will cause anyone to rack their brains, since it can never be answered to a child’s satisfac­tion. The question of whether or not mankind first saw the architect emerge on the horizon ...

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Illusionists

“We want to intensify the perception of the real place. We are looking for ways to create ‘rooms to be experienced’ in a new, understandable vocabulary.” That the new perception is an illusion, that the new room can be experienced, but is not real, makes no difference in this case. The interdisciplinary team of the Berlin media art bureau Mader Stublic Wiermann projects a ...

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No swing-along architecture

Architecture is not necessarily in bad taste when it enchants its viewers. In search of contemporary glamour and glitter in architecture. “It was a stupid idea to purchase Mies van der Rohe’s Villa Tugendhat”, thought Louis XIV. Sitting on a Wassily chair, he languidly twisted the curls of his wig and gazed at the room with its perfect proportions. He simply couldn’t get used ...

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Churches: made of paper or in a strip of wall

In which rooms do we find spiritual home? The institution of the church – judging by the falling number of members – appears to be losing more and more importance socially. However, as a place in a town or city – as a building and as a room – it has always maintained its status. And if you look at the multitude of new ...

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