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Architecture | Invisibility – Out of Sight

Where is the door?

Where is the door?
The name says it all. "L'invisibile" is a system that hides doors and their functions in the wall.
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Positioned in seamless rows

Positioned in seamless rows
Sulfurcell's solar modules are so ingeniously made that they form an almost perfectly smooth surface, interrupted only by the finest of seams.
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When Architecture becomes Invisible

by Thomas Wagner

When Architecture becomes Invisible
Today, architecture has a close kinship with the atmospheric environment. Although systems exhibiting a light-handed approach to technical sophistication are considerably less spectacular in terms of their metaphoric qualities than are domed cities or adventure installations made of nothing but atomized water, they make direct use of the effect and the experience of space. It is surely no accident that in doing so, many new systems strive for climatic and aesthetic efficiency.
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Cool air

Cool air
The meaning of air conditioning is to create a pleasant ambient climate for people in the room. The goal: A climate that ensures the health and comfort of the users. The use of room cooling surfaces, in particular cooling ceilings, is the best way to meet these high standards.
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News & Stories

Creativity moods 2: On the sound of rooms

by Ulf Meyer

Creativity moods 2: On the sound of rooms
Erich Mendelsohn refers to it as "charm", Peter Zumthor as "spiritual quality" when architecture creates an atmosphere that appeals to all the senses, when rooms jingle, light dances, and materials and colors are carefully combined.
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Multitalented Undercover Agents

by Thomas Wagner

Multitalented Undercover Agents
Today, façades do more than merely provide a building with an external boundary or adorn it with an attractive envelope. Above all where energy efficiency is concerned, the function of the façade itself is evolving. And when lighting is allowed to enhance a room without the source of the light getting in the way, the things we are not forced to see become perceptible.
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Corporate Architecture

Corporate Architecture
A golden house in Munich is the new company headquarters of pro aurum GmbH. With a volume of some 8,000 cubic meters, its size corresponds to the amount of gold mined to date worldwide. The building combines symbolic architecture with interesting, functional features.
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The Second Life - Sergei Tchoban 2/3

The Second Life - Sergei Tchoban 2/3
Sergei Tchoban is an outstanding architect, and the same applies to his drawing talents. The German architect with Russian roots has provided three drawings to enrich our thematic block on "Invisibility - Out of Sight" and in so doing offered a completely new perspective on the theme.
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A gem among stones

A gem among stones
In a densely populated district, in the midst of prefabricated buildings and high-rises, a whitewashed dwelling for multiple occupants catches the eye. The building's edges have been angled such that it seems to be attempting to avoid being crushed.
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May the water flow for this purpose

May the water flow for this purpose
A fine, almost invisible channel serves as the water run-off for the shower.
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The intelligent façade

The intelligent façade
Façade constructions usually consist of two individual components which often have to be laboriously adjusted to one another to satisfy the developer's aesthetic requirements and functional demands. But it can be done differently.
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Going through walls

Going through walls
The Art College and Galerie Stihl in Waiblingen both shimmer milky white, playing with the light, seemingly light, and lit up at night.
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Perfecting the Invisible

by Thomas Wagner

Perfecting the Invisible
Discretion is a fine thing. What we don't need to see relieves the burden on our eyes. Where a building's appearance recedes subtly into the background and systems that are essential for a building's functionality are no longer visible, it opens up manifold possibilities for design.
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You don’t even see the nicest windows

You don’t even see the nicest windows
Sky-Frame is a frameless high-tech sliding window system that can be fitted flush with walls, ceilings, and floors and meets the highest architectural and building standards.
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A museum - Sergei Tchoban 1/3

A museum - Sergei Tchoban 1/3
Sergei Tchoban is an outstanding architect, and the same applies to his drawing talents. The German architect with Russian roots has provided three drawings to enrich our thematic block on "Invisibility - Out of Sight" and in so doing offered a completely new perspective on the theme.
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Bringing nature into the home

Bringing nature into the home
In the case of the Swedish "Villa M2", the glass façade of the detached house can disappear completely into the masonry, thus opening the living room out onto the patio.
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Light architecture

Light architecture
The work of Berlin studio Mader Stublic Wiermann plays with light and shift our perception in and of the city.
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Strata of the city - Sergei Tchoban 3/3

Strata of the city - Sergei Tchoban 3/3
Sergei Tchoban is an outstanding architect, and the same applies to his drawing talents. The German architect with Russian roots has provided three drawings to enrich our thematic block on "Invisibility - Out of Sight" and in so doing offered a completely new perspective on the theme.
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Look out without looking in

Look out without looking in
In the Netherlands, the detached home of the De Haas-Bierings family, with its many large openings, clear routes inside the house, and the use of a reduced range of materials, is a veritable spatial experience.
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Not becoming invisible but rendering visible

Not becoming invisible but rendering visible
"Light is a medium that is not visible, but that renders things visible," is one of the key ideas that Erco tries to realize, a company that has traditionally focused on our perception of light.
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Behind the scenes

Behind the scenes
The fittings, attached to the door leaf in reduced form and material, are in fact the only indication of there being a door at all, and are complemented by corresponding aids geared to getting closer to a flush door. A look "behind the scenes" of the door is well worthwhile.
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Given flowing form

by Patrick Barton

Given flowing form
How Japanese architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa open out their buildings.
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The Pure

The Pure
Small, black, multifunctional: The "la candida" community center in Buenos Aires uses a butterfly roof to expand the glazed wall areas and thus brings the garden into the house.
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Small bright dots

Small bright dots
Lighting systems that are almost unnoticeably integrated into the ceiling system ensure that the room does not compete with the lighting as the two blend almost perfectly.
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The Discrete Charm of Hidden Qualities

by Thomas Wagner

The Discrete Charm of Hidden Qualities
Whether the objective is improving the acoustics of a room, cooling it or heating it, today there are technical solutions that accomplish the desired results without attracting attention to themselves and aesthetically overburdening a space.
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Invisible pipelines

Invisible pipelines
Pleasant ambient comfort is not just a matter of warmth in the room, as the temperature of the outside walls also plays a part. Alongside external heaters that simply warm up ambient air, there are also heating systems integrated into the wall that deliver pleasant radiant heat akin to that from a tiled stove - and yet remain invisible.
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Black, with a view

Black, with a view
A house in the Japanese town of Otake with spacious open and white zones forms a marvelous frame for an almost limitless panorama.
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Nightingale, I cannot hear you!

Nightingale, I cannot hear you!
Acoustics are becoming an ever more important criterion in the planning and outfitting of interiors.
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Reflective Rooms

Reflective Rooms
What people expect of an office has changed down through time. Today, they are expected to be versatile, flexible, transparent, communicative and yet at the same time offer secluded, acoustically sealed rooms. Designing a glass dividing wall is a special challenge.
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Shower in white while enjoying the ivy

Shower in white while enjoying the ivy
In a small house in Amsterdam, the interior fittings are in a restrained all-over white, and certainly recede into the background when they contrast with a green wall covered in ivy.
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How to see that we cannot see

by Thomas Wagner

How to see that we cannot see
Architecture and the aesthetics of architecture move on rapidly. That said, it is not only the architects who design a building that are involved in this process but also the architecture systems and products that allow them to realize innovative architectural solutions. In the coming weeks, in our focal topic "Invisibility - Out of Sight", we will be presenting a number of these innovative solutions to you. To begin with, we would like to take a look at whether and to what extent we can trust our perception.
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