MAVEO GmbH is one of the leading agencies for CGI in Stuttgart, Germany. A modular and sustainable space concept with high-utility value and an organic design language was created. For the redesigning of the office space, a former industrial loft in the city center, a design language was sought that would reflect the company's digital self-perception while maintaining traces from the past. The concept maintains the character of the space by carefully renovating the walls, floors, and ceiling and by adding a modern element. At the same time, only sustainable, regional materials were to be utilized. The implementation was to be carried out by local carpenters and the delivery routes were to be as short as possible.
The studio was to be divided into several areas. The workspace, hallway, and open space were to be separated from each other while maintaining the studio's spaciousness. Access needed to be maintained for the neighbouring studios along the main facade sharing the main entrance. The client’s wish was a semi-private but open space without separating the room from the kitchen and meeting area. Thus, a multifunctional wall system was created from 84 spruce wood boxes. The multifunctional partition wall consists of prefabricated spruce wood boxes. The four different box types are positioned according to their functionalities.
They either allow light into the studio, offer open shelves, completely closed storage space, or are part of the lighting concept. The box- dimensions are based on standard document file formats. The parametrically generated partition wall twists with a smooth “wave-transition” from straight at start and end to rotated towards its tip as an inviting gesture facing the entrance. Views are analysed to understand perforation and light distribution inside, as well as outside the office space. Not just the visual but structural performance of the overlapping boxes needed to be taken into consideration.
Dominik Kreitmair (MAVEO)
The craft-drinking bar Trisoux is located in the center of Glockenbach, a young vibran neighborhood in the heart of Munich. The 160m² bar occupies two levels of a residential building from 1890. On the ground floor is the central bar counter and lounge; in the basement, additional space to extend the bar and host small events. However, the space contains disjointed rooms and obstructed spaces. Therefore the ceiling was chosen as main design area to create an exceptional bar-going experience. Thus the builders’ quartet Ben Bauer, Max Braunmiller, Philipp Fröhlich, and Gustav Grossmann wishes could be fulfilled. Crowd simulation was used to analyze optimal usage of the floor area and generate varied atmospheres within the space.
A parametrically derived double curved surface is generated from this data that defines the character of each space and intuitively guides the visitor towards particular experiences.
This resultant surface is subdivided into 6400 individual standard spruce wood rods (4,5x4,5 cm) that hang independently from the ceiling. In total, the wooden rods measure 3km and 7.4m³.
Variation in height defines the use and character of each space. High points create public areas for groups to gather while low points invite intimate experiences. Select moments in the form reach down to interact with elements and guests in the space;
grabbing a shelf or reaching for a corner fully envelops the visitor within the form. This variation of space drives distinction in experience from one individual to another. Lights accent the ends of certain rods to reinforce the public or intimate character of each space and to unify the lighting concept within this ceiling surface. The high number of wooden rods and their spacing also reduces sound reverberation in the busy bar. In addition to the wooden ceiling surface, vertical planting elements in each of the three main rooms unify the separated spaces with similar surfaces. The natural plantings contrasts the wood ceiling and restrained materials of floor and ceiling finishes as well as furnishings.
Area: 160 m²
James Park (Support)
How to maximize the use of limited space? Both conceptually and visually, differential growth is used as a key element in the bistro. The growth pattern follows a clear mathematical system, even when it appears to be random. This system is based on an algorithm modeled after natural occurrences and simulated using parametric software. The mathematical understanding of growth evolution was used not only for the light installation as the centerpiece, but also for smaller artifacts located on both floors.
A similar idea is applied to the interior cladding around the counter. Random patterns or streaks in vivid color variations are created through the chromatization of steel panels, making the contours of the space disappear.
The ground floor public area is divided into three zones: a covered outdoor terrace, a dining area by the façade that opens to the outside, and a sociable open bar.
Since there is little daylight at the back of the bar, a clear spatial separation was created between the two interior zones. The "room within a room" replaces the missing natural qualities with a unique ambiance. The chromated steel panels have gradients and colors that result from the manufacturing process and add to the uniqueness of the material. The wall cladding turns the back room into a place with numerous spatial experiences through an explosion of colors as the only non-monochromatic element of the project.
In addition, the bistro plays with space, views, and reflections. Mirrored surfaces and artefacts are installed to visually expand the compact footprint. Different angles, reflections and counter-reflections create endless variations of views, experiences and interactions.
The combination of the stainless-steel counter and the light installation above, which is surrounded by chromate steel panels, is the centerpiece of the design. The hemispherical light installation placed above the "open bar", together with its reflection, appears as a sphere. Guests recognize a whole sphere and so the illusion of a room with double height works seamlessly. The sphere is created from a 28-meter-long, specially cut fabric, which is mounted along a plan also following a differential growth pattern.
Three integrated light sources create individual lighting moods. The counter is placed longitudinally to the space, abolishing the boundary between guests and staff. The atmosphere created in the day bar has a pronounced impact on its immediate surroundings: a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere during the day, a mysterious and intimate ambiance at night.
80333 Munich, Germany
Andras Peter Domokos (Design Lead)
Panels & furniture: Wohaconcept
Amberger Kühltechnik GmbH
The clients vision was a vegan ice cream shop using only bananas which are too old for sale but just perfect for icecream. The shop is located in the side wing of Sendliner Tor and a central pedestrian area. However due to its small shopfront pedestrians needed to be attracted and the shop needed to draw attention.
The exiting entrance door was replaced with a tree wing door to fully open and to melt interior with exterior.
The existing arched door served as inspiration to use the forced perspective following the principle of Palazzo Spada by Architect Francesco Borromini built in 1635. The forced perspective creates an optical illusion and plays with the customers perception. The cone shaped vault extends from the exiting arched entrance. The other two arches counter and frame the room like one big brush stroke.
The broom finish-texture emphasizes
the vaults and create directionality to become the main unifying design element.
The furniture has a clean, longitudinal layout which divides the space in customer- and serving-area. All vertical surfaces are made out of oak wood.
The Counter is movable for the possibility of direct street vending.
Keep Banana GbR
The design for the new Regensburg Tourism Information Center begins with a rethinking of what a tourist information center should be and what requirements it must fulfill in the future.
We envision the space as a place for encounters, exchange, and information. While tourists can find information about Regensburg and its surroundings and purchase tickets, the primary purpose of the TIZ is to be the first point of contact for visitors and offer a warm welcome.
How will tourists visit cities and the surrounding area in the future and where will they need support?
Our analysis of changing requirements has yielded the following results:
The TIZ is centrally located and will retain this location. Inner-city (store) spaces are usually rented out to chains, making it difficult to find an inner-city "neutral" place where all visitors and locals are welcome without the pressure to consume. We see great value in providing such a place and creating a meeting place for guests. Whether for short meetings, pedestrians taking a quick break in the city center, or students wanting to learn about local features for 1-2 hours, people need a certain interior to feel comfortable and welcome in interior spaces.
We have combined these principles with the requirements for the employees' workplaces to make optimal use of the space. Since traditional information presentation has lost its significance, the design intertwines various information about Regensburg with visitors' needs. This creates a tourist information center that is more of a hybrid between an interactive museum, café, marketplace, and regular meeting place where one can feel comfortable and welcome. Through the redesign, the space offers a meeting place beyond regular use during opening hours in everyday life, where citizens can also exchange information at events or regular meetings.
Regensburg Tourismus GmbH
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Andras Peter Domokos
Andras Peter Domokos