Knauf Plan_Tage providing inspiration
What's new in the area of fire protection? How can we interpret room acoustics in a new way? The first Knauf Plan_Tage provided new solutions and ideas for the issues currently facing architecture and technical planning on 14 and 15 January in Mainz. Around 50 architects and designers were inspired by two days of presentations and the range of materials available from the Knauf Group. There will be five more Plan_Tage in five different cities this spring until mid-March.
Prof. Bernd Benninghoff (Mainz University of Applied Sciences, Department of Design) spoke of a "great leap forward in materials" when the event started in Mainz. The furniture designer and interior designer presented familiar materials in new contexts and reported on innovative products and design solutions that were developed with and by students who experimented with materials as part of the project series "Materials driving design" of students.
Oliver Witan from netzwerkarchitekten, Darmstadt recently presented a number of projects in an exhibition entitled "One-offs and mass production". These included the community centre in Urberach, a variety of subway stations and the stations on the Wehrhahn line in Dusseldorf, as well as the Überseequartier station in Hamburg, which immerses passengers arriving at the central station of HafenCity in a staged underwater world.
Hannes Bäuerle (Raumprobe Stuttgart) provided an overview of innovative materials, some of which are still waiting to be used creatively for architectural purposes, and also ventured a look ahead to future material trends.
Ten inspiration rooms gave visitors an opportunity to get a different perspective on Plan_Tage issues like fire protection, sound insulation, acoustics, temperature control, energy efficiency, design and light. Along with the inspiration rooms, an impressive material wall with more than 200 exhibits provided tangible proof of the considerable materials expertise of Knauf's partner companies and encouraged discussion about the use of materials and innovative solutions.
The Knauf Plan_Tage will continue. Overview of upcoming dates:
- Stuttgart, 4 and 5 February 2015
- Hamburg, 25 and 26 February 2015
- Nuremberg, 3 and 4 March 2015
- Düsseldorf, 11 and 12 March 2015
The Plan-Tage start at 12 with a midday snack. This is followed by a guided tour around the exhibition. The colloquium with renowned speakers addressing the latest topics starts at around 3 pm.