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Luminaires and acoustic elements from the Nimbus Group make for a pleasant working atmosphere in the new administration building of cooktop extractor maker Bora.
11/7/2019

Forget the awkward, ugly extractor hoods suspended from the ceiling or jutting out of the wall. Go instead an extractor technology integrated into your hob that removes odors where they originate. It was this brilliant idea that helped Bora achieve its breakthrough. Hardly surprising then that the company is constantly expanding. Now staff have moved into a new office building in Niederndorf near Kufstein for which another expert for systems that work efficiently in the background supplied the lighting and acoustic solutions: the Nimbus Group from Stuttgart.

With its facade cladding featuring local larch shingles the new building by Guggenbichler and Wagenstaller Architekten from Rosenheim deliberately takes up Alpine construction traditions, while lending them a thoroughly modern interpretation. Wood also plays a key role in the interior spaces designed by Simon Gafriller from the office Werkhaus in Raubling: wall cladding, doors, window soffits and fitted elements of oak convey warmth and coziness and create a reference to the place. Gafriller contrasts the wooden sections on the one hand with concrete ceilings that he largely leaves untreated, and on the other he adds a fine, delicate and light-reflecting component to the interiors in the guise of large, sometimes semicircular glass elements.

For the lighting and acoustic planning, he relied on products from the Nimbus Group. Consequently, the striking disc-shaped luminaires from the “Modul R 600 Project” product family (of which a customized version was made especially for Bora) are to be found throughout the building. The suspension luminaire has a round canopy with an integrated diffusor plate and conical indentations for the LEDs, which not only produce a pleasant light and wide-angle beam but also impact positively on the biorhythm. In addition, the rooms of the new building were equipped with products from the “PAD” system by affiliated brand Rossoacoustic, which take up the form of the luminaires. These delicate ceiling absorbers make excellent acoustics in the rooms. Finally, the combination of the disc-shaped luminaires suspended on fine wires and acoustic elements conveys an impression of visual lightness and simultaneously forms a striking contrast to the untreated concrete of the ceilings. (fap)

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