Under the spell of dimensions

The influence of dimensional scales on us and our perception of reality At first glance, the contrast between the Cinderella Castle in the American Disney World and the cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris could hardly be any greater. Playful comic kitsch meets a venerable historic monument. But at the second glance, they reveal something special they share: both the castle and the sacral ...

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Door handle in search of the irrational measure of beauty, or: The Golden Section as the very soul of grip

Nature and mathematics are often the best pointers for those in search of what is right and beautiful. Upon reading a book by Friedrich Cramer and Wolfgang Kämpfer whose title translates as “The Nature of Beauty”, FSB undertook to probe the secret of beauty in the world of door handles with resort to the Golden Section. The secret of beauty, they say, is closely ...

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Overcoming gravity through spring loading, or: what is right is beautiful.

Door handles from FSB boast compelling qualities inside and out. The technically sophisticated bearings beneath their roses, and hence beyond the bounds of design, make for ease of assembly, enduringly fault-free functioning and – and this is where design comes back into its own – visual value-added.   FSB AGL® for Civic/Commercial buildings  rotatably fixed compensating bearing  low-friction, maintenance-free, Teflon-coated sliding-bearing bushings  assembly and ...

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A fascinating perspective

The artistic “Flatland” photographs by the Turkish photographer Aydın Büyüktas appear like a surreal dream, where the world tilts towards the viewer and the boundaries of human perception seem to have been removed in a marvellous way. A great variety of different landscapes, roads, fields and bridges roll up to create a new dimension from which viewers cannot detach themselves. The Turkish photographer Aydın ...

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Smart Home in a new dimension

New operating comfort with integrated systems A “smart home” is a top priority for many property owners. The use of intelligent building technology makes it possible to experience a new dimension of smart technology and ensures a high level of living comfort, better security, clever energy management – and all of this with voice control if desired. Gira offers the smart home functions by ...

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A new future?

The Austrian architecture critic Peter Reischer takes you on a walk through the Giardini and the Arsenale at the Biennale of Architecture 2018 in Venice. In several reviews and reports, the Biennale of Architecture in Venice was described as a venue for family outings. The programme had something to offer for everyone, including adults, architects, onlookers and even children. And this in spite of ...

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POINTS of contact Meeting point in Venice

Piacere! Since the phenomenal start in 2012, the joint communication initiative for architects of the companies FSB, Gira and KEUCO has been extending an invitation to a meeting point in Venice for the opening week of the Biennale of Architecture. The meeting point is organised every time in a historic Palazzo right beside the Canal Grande, preferably with a garden. Everyone who books the ...

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IXMO Fittings from KEUCO

IXMO fittings bring the interaction between design and functionality to perfection in a new dimension. Minimalistic design with a focus on geometrical bodies concentrates on essentials. There is nothing superfluous to distract from it. Simple forms and high-quality materials combine to give an impression of calmness and clarity. The concentrated form leads to the use of materials in small quantities, with the main emphasis ...

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New Gira production, development, and logistics centre inaugurated

Important milestone for competitiveness and sustainability “Everything on a single level with ideal flow of goods – from incoming goods to assembly to outgoing goods, with very powerful picking-and-packing and warehouse logistics inbetween. And a development centre on a single level on the roof of the assembly area, instead of divided across several floors. What a difference this makes!” At the inauguration of Gira’s ...

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London’s top 10 young architects

Assemble Assemble is a multi-disciplinary collective working across architecture, design and art. Founded in 2010 to undertake a single self-built project, Assemble has since delivered a diverse and award-winning body of work, whilst retaining a democratic and co-operative working method that enables built, social and research-based work at a variety of scales, both making things and making things happen. Important project: Granby Four Streets ...

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