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Overview


Concrete Oasis Lichtenberg

A youth club and a family centre found a new location in the middle of high prefabricated concrete slab buildings. It is an elongated, quiet low-rise building with raw concrete outer walls and windows arranged in rows. Everything seems to emphasise the horizontal extension. The building takes its place. It asserts itself in the midst of narrowness, urban density and the highly dynamic environment, in which difficult living situations hardly provide any support. The building appears anchored and immovable. Canopies create a transition from inside to outside.

The reveals of the side windows are bevelled on two sides. This gives the cubic building an aesthetic full of character. The slanted reveal also improves the incidence of light. This makes sense, as the massive outer walls of the building are 50 cm thick. They were constructed using lightweight infralight concrete, a self-insulating material developed by civil engineers at Mike Schlaich's Department of Design and Construction at TU Berlin. The high air content makes for a porous aggregate and provides good thermal insulation. The material demands design reduction. The walls are solid.

Interior walls and fittings, on the other hand, were kept in transparent glass and natural wood. These materials contrast with the monolithic-looking building with its stable façade. Dark floors and light ceilings widen the impression of space. Additional skylights and numerous luminaires provide optimal lighting. For the doors, the LUCIA door handle in the simple Frankfurt form was chosen.

"The possibility of building a house with a single-skin exposed concrete wall has fascinated us for a long time. With infra-lightweight concrete we can make a contribution to sustainability and climate protection in many ways."
Bernhard Popp

 

Project

Concrete Oasis Lichtenberg

Location

Berlin Lichtenberg

Architecture

Gruber + Popp Architekten BDA
Doris Gruber, Bernhard Popp

Building owner

Lichtenberg District Office, Education, Culture, Social Affairs and Sport,
Youth and Health Department

Photography

Alexander Blumhoff

Used fittings

Lucia

Isolated product image in perfect product view shows the GRIFFWERK rose set LUCIA PROF in the version mortice lock - brushed steel - screw on technique
Isolated product image in perfect product view shows the GRIFFWERK rose set LUCIA PIATTA S in the version mortice lock - brushed steel - flat rose

The classic among door handle shapes

The absolute classic among door handle shapes, LUCIA, can be assigned to the Bauhaus style. The outstanding design is not based on playful details, but, as usual in the Bauhaus style, on the simplification of a form. The compound basic forms and the use of basic geometric bodies are typical design features. Not only in Bauhaus style houses does the handle fit perfectly into the living room atmosphere, even on classic style doors this design becomes a representative eye-catcher with traditional roots.


Single family house SOHO, Ulm

The exterior facade of the house is neutral. While a simple, continuous surface towards the street forms the base of the house, the wall surfaces on the upper floors are already fanning out. There a varied rhythm is created, accentuated by unconventionally placed windows. Outsiders are not immediately aware of the room to which these windows belong. Conventional perceptions of space do not seem to fit. This house cannot be assigned to any typical architectural style. It does not want to correspond to any design dogmatism. It is a house whose rooms are formed around its inhabitants. It is home. 

Warm wood, a natural white tone of the walls and colored surfaces create a homely room atmosphere. The building appears grounded. Subtle details give the impression that the building has been anchored to its original site for a long time. The finely plastered walls tell a story of a skilful craftsmanship that could have been tried and tested over centuries. The kitchen monolith made of Corian in velvety black corresponds with the heavy, light grey curtains made of soft fabric. Materiality can be felt everywhere. 

The first floor offers width. Floor-to-ceiling windows give a view into the garden. The generous green areas border on the edge of a forest, which provides cool shade. Above the kitchen, a light room provides sacred height. A large window illuminates it. 

The heart of the house is the blue staircase. It leads to the parents' private rooms, a suite consisting of a workspace, sleeping area and bathroom. The ensemble seems like a house within a house. The blue staircase could also have been the entrance to a historic city villa. Allegory resonates. It is not just any functional staircase. It has been dressed in matt, light blue. The lowest plinth step is inviting and large, its corner softly rounded towards the corridor. Curves can be found in further details of the house. In the upper bathroom the floor-level shower flows into a rounded wall. The fittings also do without acute angles. Door handle Minimal Modern appears clear and simple. Its form radiates calm. The front runs parallel to the door leaf, the corners of the rectangular shape were rounded. A special feature is the finish of the fittings: With its premium velvet grey surface, the handle offers a pleasant, soft gripping experience. Even the windows were equipped with matching handles in Minimal Modern design. Such details show the care that has been given to this house. Minimal Modern was designed by sieger design for Griffwerk.

Project

Single family house "House SOHO"

Location

Ulm

Architecture

SoHo Architecture, Memmingen

Photography

Martin Duckek

Used door and window handles

Minimal Modern in velvet grey, Sieger Design

Used door hinges

Simonswerk

MINIMAL MODERN designed by sieger design

sieger design created the "Characters" collection for Griffwerk. One of the three individual door handles in the collection is MINIMAL MODERN. The door handle convinces with a clear, modern and contemporary design and fits harmoniously into every living environment.

 

Isolated product image in perfect product view shows the GRIFFWERK rose set MINIMAL MODERN in the version mortice lock - velvet grey - screw on technique

Argenbühl Manor House

The modern interpretation of an, according to the monument office, area-defining farm in the green Allgäu.

While respecting the location and cubature of the existing building, a modern property was created in the interplay of exposed concrete and wood (silver fir). The homogeneous exposed concrete on the first floor with its flush glazing and the wooden cladding on the upper floor, executed in two levels, stand for the former materials (clinker, plaster and spruce). The exposed concrete of the exterior walls extends through the central, two-story foyer into the interior and, together with the herringbone oak floors, defines the character of the representative rooms. The living quarters of the former farmhouse were located to the east, facing the main wind direction. Today, where the hay was once stored, they are located to the west with fantastic mountain views.

The private rooms on the upper floor have a visible gable and create a warm atmosphere through the arrangement of materials (wool, lime plaster and oak). 

For the desired horse keeping and the high horsepower companions, the former coach house was rebuilt in exposed concrete. 

Project

private estate with horse keeping

Architecture

planformat GmbH, Isny 

In cooperation with Ronge.Interieur, Ulm

Year of construction

2018-2019

Specifics

Monument protection

Living space

275 qm

used fittings

Ulm handle by Max Bill in graphite black

Photography

Martin Rudau  | © planformat GmbH

The Ulmer Griff designed by max bill

Max Bill, founding rector of the Ulmer HfG designed a door handle for the university building in the fifties together with the student Ernst Moeckl. The redesign, which was developed in 2012, is permitted - with the approval of the max, binia + jakob bill stiftung, Adligenswil - to bear the signature "max bill".

Product image rose set ULMER GRIFF mortice lock graphite black clip on technique

House Donautal

Formed like bands, the balconies are lined up across the floors. They are connected and on all levels offer the possibility to let the view wander over the Danube plain. The arrangement of the balconies integrates inside and outside into a harmonious, light living concept. The room axes are long and emphasize the horizontal. They lead the view over the balconies to the Danube valley. Sky, clouds and weather of the river plain give the rooms their light color.

Pebble colored exposed concrete was used for walls and floor. A clear, reduced formal language characterizes the whole. It was the goal of the intensive examination of the construction task. Oak wood was used for the floor. An open wall of lined up wooden beams delimits the staircase. The beams would appear rustic if they were not finely sanded. Thus they invite you to feel them and go well with the velvety white of the kitchen.

Every detail seems questioned. The lighting concept is designed as a single horizontal line. All lights are supported in a minimalist, straight rail. The rail was kept in black; the row also leads to the Danube valley. One feels reminded of the construction lines of a central perspective representation of the Renaissance.

Elegance and purism is inherent in everything. The staircase to the second floor seems almost mundane. It is spacious, wide and made of fine but heavy concrete. The open demarcation made of beams does not create any narrowness.

The 'Ulmer Griff' by Max Bill was the door handle of choice. It too refers to the place. The Ulm College of Design, for which the handle was designed by Max Bill, is virtually within sight. The surface in matt graphite black fits perfectly into the room concept.

Project

House Donautal

Location

Ulm

Architecture

jbmw Architekten
Jana Brotbeck and Michael Weberruss

Photography

Martin Duckek

Used fittings

'Ulmer Griff' in graphite black, Max Bill, GRIFFWERK DESIGN MANUFAKTUR

The Ulmer Griff designed by max bill

Max Bill, founding rector of the Ulmer HfG designed a door handle for the university building in the fifties together with the student Ernst Moeckl. The redesign, which was developed in 2012, is permitted - with the approval of the max, binia + jakob bill stiftung, Adligenswil - to bear the signature "max bill".

Product image rose set ULMER GRIFF mortice lock graphite black clip on technique

Private home

1.12.2017

From the entrance area, a room-high sliding door provides a view of the living and dining area, which is kept open. The stairs to the first floor integrate harmoniously without changing the floor material. It was only separated by a transparent glass wall.

The bright and white room boundaries meet on all floors and conceal their functions. Seamless transitions always eliminate unnecessary details.

Only minimal differences in the surface characterise the room-high doors on the upper floor. The accent of the doors is the door handle. It creates an idealistic and historical reference to the Ulmer HfG, for which the 'Ulmer Griff' was designed by Max Bill.

The 'Ulmer Griff' has the characteristic soft transition from circle to ellipse. A principle based on mathematics, as Max Bill also demanded in his 1946 work "The mathematical way of thinking in the art of our time".

Project

Private home

Location

Southern Germany

Used fittings

Ulmer Griff, Max Bill, GRIFFWERK DESIGN MANUFAKTUR

The Ulmer Griff designed by max bill

Max Bill, founding rector of the Ulmer HfG designed a door handle for the university building in the fifties together with the student Ernst Moeckl. The redesign, which was developed in 2012, is permitted - with the approval of the max, binia + jakob bill stiftung, Adligenswil - to bear the signature "max bill".

Isolated product image in perfect product view shows the GRIFFWERK rose set ULMER GRIFF in the version mortice lock - brushed steel - clip on technique
Isolated product image in perfect product view shows the GRIFFWERK rose set ULMER GRIFF PROF in the version mortice lock - brushed steel - screw on technique

Villa am Stein

29.11.2016

On a slightly sloping corner plot near Frankfurt am Main, a residential building was to be constructed that would allow the owner's family a maximum of privacy as well as a maximum of generous loft character. While the building remains closed to the street, an 18-metre long glass façade allows maximum transparency towards the garden. The interior of the building offers spectacular spaciousness, but also many possibilities for retreat. Room boundaries were set subtly. Room-high sliding doors separate or connect zones. Revolving doors blend almost seamlessly into the puristically bright wall surfaces. Technology is invisible. This is also true of the FRAME door fitting from GRIFFWERK DESIGN MANUFAKTUR, which can do without rosettes thanks to its patented mechanism. Technically and formally, it completes the consistently minimalist character of the building, which is thus translated into the detailed solution.

Project

Haus von Stein, private mansion

Location

Near Frankfurt

Architecture

Philipp Architekten GmbH, Anna Philipp Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Architektin BDA, Untermünkheim

Living space

356 m²

Year of construction

2012

Design

Solid basement, ground floor: wood panel construction

Used fittings

FRAME (Design: Prof. Thomas Gerlach) GRIFFWERK DESIGN MANUFAKTUR

It could hardly be more minimalistic

GRIFFWERK presented the revolutionary simplified hardware concept FRAME, designed by Prof. Thomas Gerlach, back in 2007. The patented technology makes it possible to dispense with rosettes completely. The handle shape itself is retained.

 


Single family house, Vreden

Further elements on the ground floor are connected to the central, cubic structure. The positioning was done in tension-filled broken symmetry. The enveloping stone façade lends the building naturalness, warmth and character. It contrasts with the puristic, clear white of the interior. All doors were kept light and bright. On the upper floor they merge flush with the wall. Accentuated surfaces in anthracite mark individual areas. The peace and quiet inherent in the interiors is created by a consistent reduction to a few colours. White, anthracite and natural stone tones alternate in a harmonious relationship. Horizontal and vertical lines determine the room character. They have an ordering, simplifying and balancing effect. The right angle is the measure of all things.


The fittings also fit harmoniously into the room's design. Door handle FRAME forms a symbiosis with the door: The front surface of the fitting is kept in the colour and materiality of the door leaf. The uncompromisingly clear and very reduced carcass of this door handle reflects 'in miniature' the basic architectural understanding of the client and thus expresses consistency. The emphatically simple, almost ascetic restraint of the interiors with their balanced spatial relationships and the thoughtfully staged transitions is enlivened by an extraordinary lighting design. It creates changing room atmospheres.

Project

Single family house

Location

Vreden

Architecture

Engelshove Bau GmbH, Neuenkirchen

Photography

Henrik Schipper

Used fittings

FRAME (Design: Prof. Thomas Gerlach) GRIFFWERK GmbH

It could hardly be more minimalistic

GRIFFWERK presented the revolutionary simplified hardware concept FRAME, designed by Prof. Thomas Gerlach, back in 2007. The patented technology makes it possible to dispense with rosettes completely. The handle shape itself is retained.

 


Ussar-Villa, Landshut

The Ussar Haus in Landshut, a magnificent historicist building, was completely renovated in 2012. Rudi Napholtz is part owner of the building ensemble and planned the extensive renovations. Today, the multi-storey building offers space for flats as well as shops. The House of JAB ANSTOETZ Landshut is located in one area of the imposing villa, and shows the range of upscale living and furnishing in this showroom. The choice of door fittings contrasts with the ornate architectural language. The LUCIA PROFESSIONAL door handle in the Frankfurt design consists of a simple round tube connected at right angles. Balancing old and new was the greatest challenge of the project.
This unique property looks back on an eventful history: among other things, it was a tobacco factory but also a flourishing locksmith's shop. The different industrial uses led to drastic interventions in the building fabric. The building was rarely treated with kid gloves. In the end, it was even threatened with demolition. The impressive façade facing the banks of the Isar was built in 1902 and earned the property the title "Wasserschlösschen" (Little Water Palace). The name Ussar Villa goes back to the family name Ussar. The Ussar family, originally from Austria-Hungary, acquired the property in 1932. Gustav Ussar was an ambitious journeyman locksmith, settled in Landshut and founded his own locksmith's shop there. A start-up atmosphere seems to have prevailed within these walls on several occasions. Today, shops, a law firm, a showroom and spacious flats benefit from the exceptional location in the historical " Wasserschloss" (moated castle).

Project

Ussar-Villa

Location

Landshut

Architecture

Rudi Napholtz
Baukunst NR GmbH

Photography

Peter Litvai

Used fittings

Lucia

"It was a particular concern of ours to carefully renovate this fascinating multi-unit building complex in order to let the splendour of past times shine in a new light. With modern accents, we succeeded in building a bridge to the present."
Rudi Napholtz

 

Isolated product image in perfect product view shows the GRIFFWERK rose set LUCIA PROF in the version mortice lock - brushed steel - screw on technique
Isolated product image in perfect product view shows the GRIFFWERK rose set LUCIA PIATTA S in the version mortice lock - brushed steel - flat rose

The classic among door handle shapes

The absolute classic among door handle shapes, LUCIA, can be assigned to the Bauhaus style. The outstanding design is not based on playful details, but, as usual in the Bauhaus style, on the simplification of a form. The compound basic forms and the use of basic geometric bodies are typical design features. Not only in Bauhaus style houses does the handle fit perfectly into the living room atmosphere, even on classic style doors this design becomes a representative eye-catcher with traditional roots.


Further Inspiration

Black.House, Private house

Door Handle

Frame (Design: Prof. Thomas Gerlach)

 

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It could hardly be more minimalistic

GRIFFWERK presented the revolutionary simplified hardware concept FRAME, designed by Prof. Thomas Gerlach, back in 2007. The patented technology makes it possible to dispense with rosettes completely. The handle shape itself is retained.