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A former logistics building was to become a new working environment. The requirement of the Gries Deco Company was the creation of office space and creative areas. Our design idea: countering the functional skeleton construction made of reinforced concrete with a modern design language. Three folded volumes stand in the central axis of the 2nd floor. The building structure divides the areas of 3,250 m² into sample areas and houses creative workshops on the north and south facades as well as an ID: pool in the center. The outside is clad with solid larch wood boards.
The walls and ceiling of the KreativLABs with their neutral, white surface form a background for planning the collection and offer space for thought. In the 132 m² room there is a hanging system for mood boards made of crude steel, flush with the walls, a computer workstation and a multimedia system consisting of a projector, monitor and sound system. The acoustics are controlled via the strikingly folded ceiling with an acoustic plaster.
The interior of the three buildings is bright white, similar to a laboratory. The warm wood on the outside pulls itself into the LABs as parquet flooring, the entrances formulated as funnels reinforce the attraction of the inside. The standing tables, which follow the same design language and are covered with felt and are available for active exchange between employees, are characteristic. In addition, employees can retreat to separate work niches.
The ID: pool is located in the center of the sample area. It serves as a source of inspiration when planning collections for the DEPOT and ipuro brands. The open structure is divided into three areas. In the center is the main room with the Folding 888 high table and a light ceiling divided into three fields. It makes the room perceptible as the luminous center of the laboratory. Filtered through the crosshairs, the bookshell follows. The cross-hairs can be used to sort daily news or information material using brackets. Behind the partition there is a tea kitchen with a lounge area.
Exclusive living in a former bunker. The property and its surroundings should also be reflected in the floor plan and interior planning. The two-story penthouse impresses with its room layout and the roof terrace, which runs around the entire house.
Our design is based on the extravagance of the living situation. In addition to the light-flooded staircase, the focus is on the integrated kitchen, around which the living and dining areas are arranged. The client wanted to design the interior in a loft style. The area on the ground floor consists of a large room, which is only divided by a bedroom or study and the kitchen area.
The design was based on contemporary elements, natural materials such as stone and wood, and special colors. We designed and adapted the entire functional area “kitchen”. It is compressed to the essentials, but sufficient for the requirements of a family of four.
The integrated kitchen fits into the living room in the form of a wooden container. The stairwell once again illustrates the need for brightness and transparency. It is flooded with light and has large, floor-to-ceiling windows. The steel construction designed by us with concrete steps and an all-glass railing corresponds to the defined design language of the entire house.
We were asked by one of our builders, with whom we have worked for many years, to adapt the newly acquired, upper two floors of a house in the backyard to his needs. The apartment with approx. 110 m² was already in a refurbished condition and was characterized above all by the generous, floor-to-ceiling glazing and the roof terraces on both floors.
The design should work out the function block in the center of the lower level with minimal interventions in the floor plan. The wall between the entrance area and the bedroom has been moved and unnecessary doors between the dining area and the bedroom have been removed. The result was an open floor plan, which zoned the individual areas around the central block through targeted constrictions.
The functional block houses the two bathrooms and the internal staircase between the two levels. The kitchen block, which was made in black MDF in contrast to the white walls and ceilings, adjoins the dining area. The long corridor between the dining and sleeping areas accommodates an approx. 8 meter long built-in cupboard. The kitchenette sticks out into the long hallway. In this way, the long wall opposite the cupboard is accentuated and a connection between the kitchen and the hallway is established.
On the upper level, the client wanted to pursue his passion for music. Therefore, a DJ desk was designed for the music room, which transports the material from the kitchen block to the second level. A record shelf was integrated into the half-height drywall scaffolding, in which the collection can be browsed like in a record shop. The upper level is also followed by the approx. 30 m² roof terrace.
In an old warehouse in the east of Frankfurt, the advertising agency “Zum golden Hirschen” had the opportunity to move into new rental space. In the future, 25 employees were to find space in an open office structure on an area of approx. 480 m² give.
The design approach was to preserve both the industrial charm and the airy, open space and to supplement it with modern elements. The central axis in west-east direction, located at the lowest point of the floor, opens up the area. The work areas are arranged on the right and left. The second defining axis lies in a north-south direction and crosses the access axis in the middle. The agency’s creation is housed here. There is an informal meeting area at the end of the access axis.
In order to do justice to the size of the room, two large workbenches are housed in the creative area, each with space for six employees. At the end of each bench there is an informal area for small work meetings or spontaneous brainstorming. The shelves hanging freely between the pillars divide the room without dividing it.
Sculptural lights made of sauerkraut panels were installed above the work tables in the creation area, emphasizing the importance of the north-south axis in addition to the acoustic effectiveness. In the remaining area behind the freight elevator, a focus room was created for formal meetings, separated by a glass wall.
New office space is to be built in one of the countless skyscrapers in the heart of Dubai. The future tenant, an international food company, wants a representative and unusual reception area with reception, an open communication zone, meeting areas and separate offices.
The office should be characterized by space planning with different zones for communication and collaboration as well as opportunities for retreat. A ribbon in the middle of the room, the Ribbon27, which contains the reception area and a meeting room with reception desk, divides the office area into two or three functional units. The reception area serves as a communication zone. Customer talks and internal staff meetings take place here. There are also individual offices and work areas with an open space character.
The decision in favor of the Ribbon27 was made quickly, on the customer and planning side. The materiality was approached in various studies. Wood and marble were available. But the special dynamic resulted from the use of glass. The permeable yet delimiting material reflects the division of the total area.
The materials and colors of the various rooms are rather reserved, but the band, by means of layered glass, brings a strong, green accent to the surface, while the moss-clad walls provide additional freshness and dynamism.
After the completion of the new building, the client entrusted us with the room layout and the complete interior work. Due to the customer’s passion for design from the 1960s, we cited elements and typical style influences in all rooms. However, without losing sight of the contemporary.
In close cooperation, we designed most of the furniture, developed a coherent lighting concept and also given the bathrooms a very special look. The motif of the different woods can be found in all furniture, as a design element, but also in the construction. Traditional furniture construction was important to our client. Therefore, we did not use artificial materials.
Natural elements run through the whole house. Thanks to the lighting concept, the hallway has daylight shafts. The stone mosaic floor in the entrance area is hand-laid, the stairs are unique. Not least with selected materials, we were able to give the new building a touch of the 1960s.
The outer shell was already perfectly formed when the client asked us to plan the interior. The detached house of a family with several children should also have a generous, neutral interior and light colors.
According to the family’s ideas, the individual floors were planned for the respective requirements. The work and storage space as well as a bathroom are located in the basement. The ground floor is reserved for living, cooking and relaxing. Children and parents each have their own floor.
Together with the client, we decided to return the house to its original state. To do this, we revised the entire floor plan to create more space and to reinforce the historical look.
We designed new furniture and a harmonious color concept for all rooms in the house. We put a lot of emphasis on unusual materials: The dressing room, for example, has a special atmosphere through leather tiles. In most of the rooms, old ceiling beams were exposed, so that the historical surroundings are also reflected in the interior.
The flower meadow was printed directly on the panel material and tested several times with employees from logistics. With the concept, a space was created in which the employees feel comfortable and which is absolutely unique. In addition, the defined colors were repeated in all important elements.
In the Las Boas building by the French architect Jean Nouvel is the special apartment that we were commissioned to convert and optimize the floor plan. Nouvel’s design impresses with its integration into its environment. The shapes of the facade are reminiscent of a bay, the color scheme, greenery and balconies like wrapper strips reinforce this effect.
Ease and a clear view continue inside. Our renovation is based on clear shapes and a uniform color scheme. On the one hand as a contrast to the colorful exterior, on the other hand as a continuation of the architecture in the apartment. In the center of the elongated floor plan are the functional areas, two bathrooms and a guest toilet. The kitchen with cooking block goes into the balcony with sea view. The dining table is developed from the specially made cabinet-making furniture.
The functional block in the center results in an open floor plan, a long and bright hallway. The block, designed entirely in white, accommodates the bathroom and sleeping areas. However, there is a possibility of retreating through sliding doors.
The kitchen area offers plenty of space for cooking, eating and socializing. It is the central meeting point. And combined with a dining table, seating integrated in the kitchenette, lounge chairs, TV furniture including a minibar and direct transition to the balcony, dining and living room.
A spacious apartment in a new residential complex offered plenty of scope for our client’s visions. Brightness and clear structures offered us ideal conditions for a new division of the rooms.
First, the floor plan was optimized and the room layout of the apartment was reduced, so that a large, open living room was created, in which the work room, a dining area and the open kitchen were integrated. In the second step, we developed a material, furniture and lighting concept.
In addition to the division of the living space, the focus was on the exclusive kitchen and bathroom planning. In addition, the room should be rounded off by a modern, simple fireplace. We developed a uniform design language for the entire apartment, which can be found in all details.
In accordance with the client’s wishes, we selected materials and sanitary objects individually, and designed and implemented custom-made furniture. Floors and doors were adapted to the shape and geometry of the apartment. Suspended ceiling cones, the complete HiFi planning or the special colors are just a few examples of the detailed execution.
High-quality business apartments that vary in size and design are to be built in a high-rise. In accordance with modern, open living concepts, conventional floor plan layouts are broken up and flowing room sequences are created. A volume is placed off-center in the floor plan for structuring. This creates zones around the central block through narrowing and widening, which can be used flexibly. The central room volume accommodates all serving rooms and wet cells.
The entrance area forms the beginning of the sequence of rooms. It protects the privacy of the living space through a narrow point, and a door is deliberately avoided. If necessary, the private passage towards the bedroom can be closed by a sliding element integrated into the block. In the bottleneck towards the living room, toilet and storage room are accessed. Built-in wardrobes are provided on both outer walls of the apartment. The half-open kitchen sticks through the function block and opens up towards the living room. A screen is provided between the living and sleeping areas, which does not cut through the flowing space when open.
In order to formally differentiate the central functional core from the architecture surrounding it and to allow the space to flow more smoothly around the block, the outer corners are rounded. The special position of the volume is carved out with a shell made of American walnut wood, which opens at defined positions. The block can be seen as a central, formative figure in all areas of the apartment. Due to its materiality, it gives the entire apartment a cozy warmth.
There is no need to zone the area with a volume in the smaller apartment. The tape that unwinds on three wall surfaces takes on the function of the cloakroom in the entrance area, develops into storage space furniture and flows smoothly into the kitchen. In front of the facade it tapers into a floating surface that allows a maximum view. Vis-à-vis the kitchen, the furniture becomes a shelf, the support for the bed, and finally forms the bathroom washbasin. The bathroom area can be separated by a curtain. The toilet is a closed room.
The new 5-star hotel in Baden-Baden welcomes its guests with the luxury, elegance and lightness of the 30s and 40s. Based on the fashion of Jil Sander, it offers calm, but stylish and self-confident space for jet setters, travelers and / or seekers.
The rooms and suites convey a feeling of security, security and independence through their layout and carefully selected materials. In line with the generosity of the overall floor plan, the rooms also offer plenty of comfortable space. The interior is not obtrusive. It invites. Our approach to design is modern, but not overly progressive.
The restaurant is sovereign, spacious, luxurious and yet intimate. The hotel bar is simply glamorous, as is the entrance area. Places where stories begin or end. The hotel is currently under development. Young, modern and not an off-the-shelf hotel – that’s the investor’s claim. Unfortunately, we did not win the competition.
A mid-row house, built in 1920, with a very nice interior staircase and skylight above the stairwell. Well-preserved stucco, the old doors and frames, as well as the original parquet formed a good basis for reorganizing the areas.
The basic decisions, such as an open kitchen and an open living room, were made right at the beginning together with the client. We moved the existing sliding door system between the living room and dining room on the ground floor to the upper floor and fully opened the wall to the kitchen.
Thanks to the very open-minded client, the house has received a very special, very own style. Such a mix of materials, textures and colors is seldom seen in Germany.
Without taking the space and effect of the antique furniture away, we designed a furnishing and lighting concept that creates a connection between classic and contemporary design.
Our planning focused on the large living room, the lighting concept and the development of a fully functional art deco cabinet running across the entire wall. This serves as a CD and book shelf and offers space for a TV set. Above all, it should act as an art object and give the room even more depth.
Since the renovation was carried out in the occupied state, precise planning and timely processing were essential. The cabinet element with embedded and flush brass wires was particularly technically demanding. The combination of existing and modern was rounded off by the ceiling design. With the stuccolustro technique, we took up the reflection of the marble floor with the ceiling.
For our long-standing customer Gries Deco Company or Depot, it was once again about the design and implementation of a lounge area at an event in Berlin. The charity event TRIBUTE TO BAMBI uses the effectiveness of the annual BAMBI award to collect donations for children in need in Germany with well-known partners from business and stars.
Within a very short time, a lounge was designed that is representative without incurring high costs in its creation. A small team developed models that served as a basis for decision-making. Floor plan, sections and views drawn and handed over to the carpenter.
The approach: According to the philosophy and working method of the label, the different rooms should contain modern design elements and at the same time be very functional. The focus of the planning was the keyword “quality of stay” for employees and customers.
The color red also dominates in the meeting rooms, together with functional materials: light table tops, ergonomic office chairs and selected light objects. Design and materials support the effect of the workspaces without, however, taking away the freedom for creative and focused work processes.
Department store facades often have large closed areas that separate the interior from the urban space. In this way, no direct uses of the building can be determined. Department store facades are usually accentuated by large shop windows that present what is offered inside to the outside. The facade also serves as an advertising space. Using an example in North Rhine-Westphalia, we have approached possible designs with the help of expanded metal.
The design idea: accentuation of the building corner with an external effect on the free space. It can be used as a shop window or as an advertising space. The escape doors are combined and the design elements are reduced. Openings in the facade provide daylight and structure them.
The head building is covered with an expanded metal, which gives the building a homogeneous shell. The building is accentuated and structured by large frames that combine the escape doors on the ground floor and can be used as shop windows on the upper floors or give important uses the corresponding external effect. The natural stone facade in the other part of the street will be retained.
The idea: the moving space. In the part of the facade that is most present in the urban space, the ground floor, a video screen is installed at the corner of the building. This can also be used by surrounding historical buildings. Alternatively, the main tenant, a fashion chain, can use the screen as advertising space. In this way, the moving urban space can find itself on the screen as an art installation.
A single-family house for a family of three, on a slight slope in the Taunus. The design envisaged an open living, kitchen and dining area, bedrooms for parents and children as well as a guest room, separate bathrooms and a spacious cinema and fitness room.
The focus was on the desire for as much space as possible. Insights into and outlooks into the surroundings, open spaces and spatial constrictions create a varied spatial concept. On the access floor of the house is the kitchen and living area with lounge, which is characterized by floor-to-ceiling windows. In addition to the two basement rooms, the cinema and fitness room and a study, the sloping floor also houses an independent guest room with bathroom and kitchenette.
The bedrooms are located at the top. On the first floor there is a spacious children’s room with a dressing room and a private bathroom, a study, a bedroom and another bathroom. The parents’ floor offers a bright, spacious bedroom, a modern master bathroom and a study. Last but not least, it impresses with the 50 m² roof terrace.
A large office space in the heart of Frankfurt. And the claim to redesign the space in accordance with the corporate philosophy. Following the company’s appearance, our design uses factual and technical materials that are used precisely and individually. The boxes, whose outer walls are made of layered float glass panes, are distinctive.
The so-called mind: BOXES are a central element. They are located in the open-plan office space, provide additional communication areas and are connected by a dynamically shaped ceiling pane that runs through the central zone of the office space. Despite the open space concept, the boxes offer the possibility of retreat. Printer and copier are located in the middle volume, in a closed room. This area also houses a small tea kitchen that can be hidden if necessary.
The central zone is not only spatially different from the office space. The materials also stand out. The ceiling pane is formed by the use of black parquet on the floor. The mind: BOXES are equipped with a black, deep-pile carpet, which should also have an effect on the acoustics in the rooms. The rooms are illuminated by a light ceiling, which is also acoustically effective.
Sober materials also dominate the office space: white table tops with black frames, ergonomic office chairs, a neutral gray carpet that provides acoustic dampening. Our design idea was very well received. However, due to time constraints and a tight budget, the company decided against us.
A story – world-famous: the philosopher Theodor W. Adorno founded the Frankfurt School with Max Horkheimer at the local university in the 1960s. Schöne räume gives the planned boutique hotel on the Schöne Aussicht the name “Adorno” and gives expression to the democratic citizenship of the critical theory of those days.
The entrance area, breakfast room, restaurant and room are given a uniform design and color. The entrance area offers plenty of space to arrive and linger, there is a slightly separated lounge. The reception is clearly visible in the form of a plywood cube. The restaurant in the basement has an open kitchen. The rooms meet the requirements of a four-star hotel.
Individual premium rooms with a view of the Main should be created within a reasonable budget. The high-quality restaurant should be remembered by hotel guests as a lifestyle meeting place. Unfortunately, we couldn’t win the competition.
How do the expectations of an office space in 2020 translate for a new tenant of around 3,000 m² of office space? How is the innovation speed of a company represented? Spatial expansion is capable of conceptual progress, a redesign of an existing area and is their opportunity.
Origami141 is the new defining element of this transformation: Located in the geometric center, it manifests, structures and focuses the large office space. The standard workplaces are divided into areas. Common areas such as meeting rooms and cinemas concentrate the company’s technical and digital origins. The spatial prelude to this architectural figure begins at the reception of the rental space.
When the client contacted us, the entire basement had already been torn down except for the shell after water damage. Therefore we found an area with a low ceiling height, little daylight and a chimney in the middle of the room.
Certain requirements should be met both for the planned bar with an integrated fireplace and for the spa area. The client’s request: Sufficient seats to watch football games with family and friends on a screen and a counter with a visually sophisticated dispenser.
First of all, we clearly separated and structured the areas “bar” and “spa”. A consistent material and lighting concept gave the rooms a high-quality and luxurious look.
In 2017 we were also able to plan the TRIBUTE TO BAMBI Lounge for the Gries Deco Company and Depot. With a tailwind from the golden deer, the TRIBUTE TO BAMBI Foundation supports children’s aid projects across Germany and draws attention to important issues.
At this year’s lounge the well-known premise was to observe the strict size specifications of the location and not to cause wasteful use of the materials despite a stylish and high-quality appearance.
Our range of activities includes the entire planning and implementation of high-quality new buildings and conversions as well as interior construction. We develop ideas for the big picture and go down to the smallest detail.
As planners and designers, we design houses, apartments, office and administrative buildings together with our customers, and implement concepts for the catering and hotel industry. We always advise with a lot of empathy, listen attentively and consistently focus on the requirements of our customers.
Are you planning a new home? An office, a commercial space or even a hotel? Your company is expanding and you want to expand spatially? Now it’s about many small details and the big picture: Who are we? How do we want to live or work? Which style suits us? What else will we like tomorrow? We ask the right questions and work with you to find the right answers.
Our team of planners and designers masters the entire range of styles with their own handwriting. Thanks to our many years of experience, we work interdisciplinary, with attention to detail and empathy. Our claim is international. We record global trends, analyze and filter them for our clients. We feel obliged to our customers and see ourselves as your service provider who develops tailor-made solutions. We attach great importance to quality, professionalism, precision, transparency and the right timing. Not least on meeting your expectations.
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