Interviews

Swatch Group’s new HQ at night
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Clockwork precision in timber construction

Digital transformation is one of the key themes at BAU 2021. The new headquarters of Swatch, the Swiss watch manufacturer, is a good example of just what this new digital future could look like.

Read the interview with Taro Okabe, Fabian Scheurer and Felix Holenstein
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The skilled trades simply have a lot to offer

Carpenter Alexander Bruns and tiler Janis Gentner each won a Gold medal in the WorldSkills championships held in August 2019 in the Russian city of Kazan. We talked to these two young craftsmen.

Read the interview with Alexander Bruns and Janis Gentner
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“Quite simply too few apartments have been built”

Over half the population of Germany lives in rented accommodation. At the 11th “Wohnungsbautag” (Residential Building Conference) it was noted that housing was now the most important social question for a good proportion of the population. An interview with Reinhard Quast.

Read the interview with Reinhard Quast
Laura Lammel
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Digitalization in building

Digitalization will completely change—some say revolutionize—the businessof planning and building. But what exactly will the changes look like for all those involved? We talked to the Munich building entrepreneur Laura Lammel.

Read the interview with Laura Lammel
Andreas Hild
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Digitalization in building

Digitalization will completely change—some say revolutionize—the businessof planning and building. But what exactly will the changes look like for all those involved? We talked to architect Andreas Hild, based in Munich.

Read the interview with Andreas Hild
Ulrike Brandi
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Daylight, daylight, daylight!

Lighting concepts play an increasingly important role in the overall concept of a building. It is about light control, light management, lighting concepts, daylight versus artificial light. We have spoken to a renowned lighting designer.

Read the interview with Ulrike Brandi
Alexander Brenner
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Interview with Alexander Brenner

Stuttgart, Parlerstrasse. A solid, middle-class housing district. Half way up the hill with amazing views over the valley. The district of Killesberg is well known even beyond Stuttgart. In the middle of all this: the studio of Alexander Brenner.

Read the interview with Alexander Brenner
Christoph Rapp
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You have to be passionate about your work!

To be German Champions, i.e. better than all others, you’ve got to have what it takes, and above all train a lot. What is it that drives you? An interview with Lukas Nafz and Christoph Rapp.

Read the interview with Lukas Nafz and Christoph Rapp
Wei-Wu-Ying
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National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts, Weiwuying

We interviewed Friso van der Steen from Mecanoo and Allard Bokma from CIG Architecture, which handled the building’s steel skin, to learn about the building and their collaboration.

Read the interview with Friso van der Steen and Allard Bokma
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Free-form structure for the new mosque in Cambridge

The interior of the Cambridge Mosque is reminiscent of a garden of paradise—featuring trees whose branches spread out into a supporting and shielding vault.

Read the interview with Gemma Collins and Jephtha Schaffner
Futurium Berlin
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Smart Light—Smart Building

A look along the river Spree from Humboldthafen in Berlin reveals a building between the facades with their chain-like sequence of windows that consistently breaks through the monotony of the place. Architects Richter Musikowski from Berlin have erected a building here.

Read the interview with Jan Musikowski and Dirk Büttner
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The Merck Innovation Center in Darmstadt

HENN architects in Berlin have created the “Merck Innovation Center” to promote interdisciplinary work and the innovative power of the company. For excellent acoustics, HENN architects collaborated with the experts from Mueller-BBM.

Read the interview with Martin Henn and Thomas Goldammer