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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The art of painting water

POINTS of Contact visiting Friedel Anderson’s studio How is it possible to capture a substance that has neither a colour nor a form of its own with an artist’s brush? And what is so attractive about a painting of the sea? Or of a glass of water? Friedel Anderson, born in 1954, lives and works in Itzehoe. The artist has remained true to realism ...

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»Museum Directors should go on ghost trains more often«

Scenographic Professor Michael Simon on the new presentation and projection of exhibitions and events The only course of studies in »Scenography« throughout the country is at the Design Technical College in Karlsruhe. The job description of a stage designer is therefore changing to a designer and in-scene setter of concert stages, multi-media events, film sceneries and museums. Michael Simon, a stage director and designer, ...

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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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Depraved rooms?

Scent designers work with specific overdosing The sense of smell works emotionally, uncontrollably, almost “bestially”. In the opinion of the scent creators, perfume can unconsciously stir up certain things. Pheromone perfumes, fragrance fences, room scenting … the scent trend is booming. Do we need aromas to create room air? Scent acts as a medium between man and object. This applies to rooms, as well ...

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