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PORTAL20PORTAL 20September 2010INFORMATION FOR ARCHITECTSfrom hörmannHomesProjects by Atelier st; bogevischs buero;Diethelm & Spillmann; Ingenhoven Architects


PORTAL 20INFORMATION FOR ARCHITECTS FROM HÖRMANNCONTENTS3 EDITORIAL4 / 5 / 6 / 7Statements about living at homehow do architects live who plan residences for other people? PORTAL asked the planning architectsof this issue to reveal their favourite spots inside their own homes.8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13Hamburgthe residents of the Oval am Kaiserkai high rise, in the HafenCity district, which is still underdevelopment, are rewarded with a fantastic view of the harbour and the Elbe river.14 / 15 / 16 / 17MostelbergThe architect's idea of placing the single family home on a pedestal provided the residentswith an impressive panorama view of the Swiss mountains from their living room.18 / 19 / 20 / 21 / 22 / 23LuckaDespite the restrictive building regulations inside a new residential district on the edge of the small townof Lucka in the Thuringia region of Germany, the architects were able to construct a house whose designand materials positively distinguish it from its surroundings.24 / 25 / 26 / 27 / 28 / 29Munichfollowing extensive renovations, the athlete accommodations of the 1972 Olympic Games, which arelisted as a group, are once again available as residences for students.30 / 31Hörmann Corporate Views32 / 33Architecture and ArtSven Johne: artist34 / 35PREVIEW / IMPRINT / Hörmann in dialogueCover photo:Single family home in MostelbergPhoto: Roger Frei, Zurich


EDITORIALChristoph Hörmann, Martin J. Hörmann and Thomas J. HörmannPersonally liable general partnersDear Readers,Studies show that in times of economic crisis peopleincreasingly focus on their homes. They make their homesmore comfortable and subsequently enjoy spending moretime there. During the most recent financial crisis therewas the additional fear of losing all of one's money. Insuch a situation, real estate seemed to be the only secureinvestment, whether as a freehold flat or a single-familyhome. Those who opted for large cities can expect thevalue of their property to increase with the continuedtrend of people desiring to live in cities. It may be truethat one has to forsake the nearby forest and the lusciousgreen outside the living room window, but city dwellersare rewarded with other kinds of views, for examplethe residents of the "Oval am Kaiserkai" high-rise in theHafenCity district of Hamburg. Having the constantlychanging atmosphere across the harbour and the Elberiver in front of their eyes everyday surely compensatesthem for the lack of trees in the young city district. Thestudents residing in the Olympic Village in Munich alsohave to make do without much greenery. In return, theyoung people can already call an entire house their own.The accommodations planned for the athletes of the 1972Olympic summer games were simply worn out after 30years of use. As the premises, 800 identical small individualhouses, constitute a group of listed buildings, they weredemolished and almost identically reconstructed.Less uniformity and more individuality is expressed inthe two single-family homes situated in very differentlocations, one in the Swiss mountains and the other inthe lowland of Thuringia. However, they share timber asfacade material. The Swiss were not satisfied with thefacade only. They also used great amounts of timber in theinterior design. In addition, both houses prove that withplenty of deliberation and good planning, energy savingscan also be compatible with sophisticated architecture.PORTAL was interested in the homes of the architects whowere in charge of the plans for the buildings presentedin this issue and asked them to show us their favouritespot at home. For Swiss architect Daniel Spillmann it isthe large dining table that he discovered by accident inan old attic. The architect couple Silvia Schellenberg andSebastian Thaut fulfilled a dream of theirs. They built asimple dacha in the midst of Brandenburg's pine forestsnear a crystal-clear lake. Munich-based architect RainerHofmann of Büro Bogevischs really enjoys brushing histeeth nowadays. From the bathroom of his new flat, hehas a direct view of the beautiful tower of the mighty neobaroqueSt. Theresia church.We wish you pleasant and interesting readingMartin J. HörmannThomas J. HörmannChristoph Hörmann3


Statements about living at homeUsually, the plans prepared by architects for their clients and that are laterimplemented are public knowledge. However it is much rarer to be told in whichenvironment architects themselves are comfortable. PORTAL has asked the plannersparticipating in this issue to reveal their very private favourite spots.4


Sebastian Thautborn 1977 in Zwickau1998 - 2003 Degree in architecture fromWH Zwickau2001 - 2002 Gigon/Guyer Architekten in Zurich2003 - 2004 Interior design office Ö-Konzept inZwickau2004 T+S architekten.ingenieure in Zwickau2007 Member of the building committee ofthe Peterskirche Leipzig2008 Deputy spokesman of the BDA regionalgroup Leipzigsilvia Schellenberg-Thautborn 1978 in Borna near Leipzig1997 - 2001 Degree in architecture fromWH Zwickau2000 Employment at ABB architekten inLeipzig2001 - 2005 Employment/Project management atT+S architekten.ingenieure in Zwickau2005 Co-founder of atelier statelier stDittrichring 17, 04109 Leipzig, Germanywww.atelier-st.deIn the pine forests of Brandenburg south of the Berlin ringmotorway we took over a weekend plot of land from mygrandparents in Klein Köris. Located in the middle of theforest and in the vicinity of a crystal-clear lake, it is a greatplace to relax and unwind. Originally a simple timber housefrom the year 1926 stood on the approximately 1,000 squaremetre plot. The building was not insulated and lacked abathroom and heating besides being in such bad shapethat we decided to tear it down. However, the proportionsof the new building, its design and outward appearancewere largely based on the original timber house. The newbuilding is also completely made of timber, its exterior iscovered in brown glazed timber cladding while the insideand the protruding sections feature white glazed timbercladding. Thus the appearance of the house is carefullyunderstated, almost disappearing in the dark colours of theforest. Only large format windows with extra wide, whitepainted frames accentuate the otherwise unimposingbuilding. To also experience and enjoy the nature andbeauty of the setting inside the house, the facade of theliving room was fully glazed towards the forest. An incisionin the building allows us to sit outside underneath theroof even in light rain. Even though we have only recentlycelebrated the topping-out ceremony, the location and thehouse are already our favourite spot. We have already hadcoffee in the "skeleton living room" and enjoyed the view ofthe forest.5


Statements about living at homeDaniel spillmannborn 1969 in Zurich1985 - 89 Professional training as anarchitectural draughtsman,1989 - 92 Degree in architecture from ZüricherHochschule für AngewandteWissenschaften (Zurich University ofApplied Sciences) in Winterthur1994 - 95 Guest auditor at ETH Zürich1998 - 99 Degree in architecture from SouthernCalifornia Institute of Architecture inLos Angeles1999 Establishment of Diethelm & SpillmannArchitekten, Zurich2001 - 07 Assistant at ETH ZürichDiethelm & SpillmannRäffelstrasse 118045 Zurichwww.dsarch.chMy favourite spot is a table – the dining room table. I sitat it with family and friends – or sometimes all alone. Itis used for talking and laughing, but also working. This iswhere my life takes place. This table is accompanied by ashelf filled with things that inspire me, occupy my mind fora while, or simply have grown dear to me. Most of theseitems are finds. Things that I was not really looking for, butfound nevertheless. During my travels, at work, or simplyquite unexpectedly, such as the said table. It originatesfrom the attic of my first rented flat, where I found thisclassic piece quite unexpectedly. It has accompanied meever since.6


Rainer Hofmannborn 1965 in Reutlingen1986 - 1993 Degree from TU München and EastLondon University (diploma)1994 - 1995 Iowa State University (Master's Degree)1995 - 1996 Employed at Maccormac JamiesonPrichard in London1996 Establishment of bogevischs buero1996 Freelancer at Sauerbruch Hutton inLondon1995 - 1997 Teaching position at Bartlett School ofArchitecture in London1997 - 1999 Employed at Brookes Stacey Randall inLondon1999 - 2000 Teaching position at AA School ofArchitecture in London2000 Employed at Horden Cherry LeeArchitects in London2000 - 2002 teaching position at GreenwichSchool of Architecture in Londonbogevischs bueroDreimühlenstraße 1980469 Münchenwww.bogevisch.deIn every house I search for something that makes it specialand unique. Therefore, when we bought a run downresidential building in the Volkartstraße of Munich aroundthree years ago, I was especially fascinated by the viewof the Neo-baroque St. Theresia church, the only churchremaining in the Mittlerer Ring area on Landshuter Allee.For the past few weeks now, this mighty church structurehas been dominating our life from various perspectives.The most pleasant time for me now is when I brush myteeth in the morning, a task that never meant much to me inthe past. Now, instead of looking at my sleepy architect'sface I see the well-proportioned tower – a framed piece ofMunich that pleases me anew everyday.7


Residential building in the HafenCity district of HamburgThe HafenCity of Hamburg is beyond doubt one of Europe's largest urban developmentareas currently under construction. To avoid repeating the errors of past projects,great attention was paid on providing a balanced mix of work, commercial andresidential buildings. The house on the Kaiserkai is designed as a purely residentialbuilding, which enjoys special privileges due to its architecture.Despite the great attention it has been receiving, not manyhave expressed the desire to live in the newly created citydistrict of HafenCity. The appearance of this unfinisheddistrict has too little in common with the traditionalconcept of residences that is still closely associatedwith a green environment. Settling here requires acertain degree of pioneering spirit. But this courage isrewarded with a unique atmosphere of movement, change,international spirit and an excellent view coupled with anauthentic harbour feeling (including the noise of ongoingconstruction).This is particularly well exemplified by the building locatedon Kaiserkai 12. With its 11 floors, the oval residentialtower is slightly lower than its counterpart, the Marco PoloTower located further south. Due to its exposed locationit is even allowed to break out of the mould. It is locatedon a key visual and traffic intersection, connecting theHafenCity with the downtown area and in the vicinity of theprominent future Elbphilharmonie (philharmonic orchestrahall). At the same time it lies at the beginning of the Vascoda Gama square, which extends down to the Dalmannkaipromenade near the water, where it offers an unobstructedview of the still intact harbour activities on the oppositeside. The axis is additionally highlighted by the permeabilityof the ground floor. Six conically downward tapering steelconcrete supports with extremely flat ellipse-shapedcross-sections seem to effortlessly lift the structure off theground. Offset by ten degrees from the north-south axis,the shape of the building cleverly diminishes the effects ofthe wind loads. As a result, almost no wind is transferredto the ground level, which limits the amount of draughtsexperienced by passers-by in the street and waterfrontareas. The wind passes with moderate force along thecurved facade, creating a very pleasant atmosphere on thewavelike indented balconies on the south-western side.However, even when the winds are stronger, the room-highglazing provides a unique view of the Elbe river with all itssurprising weather-induced atmospheres. Depending onthe location of the flats, the view can also be of the city.The oval floor plan accommodates no more than three flatsper floor, which were handed over to the buyers completewith high-quality furnishings. The small flats (60 squaremeters) at the centre with one-sided illumination and thetwo large flats on each of the outer sides were alreadysold before the start of construction on the buildings. Onthe 10th floor the entire floor space consists of a single“residence”. This panoramic view from a single flat ofthe city, the harbour and the Elbe river is probably not tobe found often at this elevation in Hamburg. On all floors,the layout allows the flexible combination of flats. Thebedrooms and the stairway face the less spectacularnorth-east side. On this side, the facade appears ratherclosed off with narrow windows. Ceiling-high printedglass elements create a smooth outer skin, which beginsto shimmer depending on the incidence of light due tofoil placed behind it. At the apexes of the ellipse, the twodifferent facades meet, presenting passers-by with aconstantly changing look depending on their location.8


Residential building in the HafenCity district of HamburgLayouts: ground floor, standard floor, 10th floor (top)The underground garage with a rolling shutter is also used by the tenants ofthe neighbouring building (bottom left).Entrance area to the flats with largely glazed fire-rated doors (bottom right).12


OwnerGbR d.quai GmbH, c/o imetasproperty services GmbH, HamburgDesignIngenhoven Architects, DüsseldorfSupport structure planningWetzel & von Seht, HamburgLocationKaiserkai 12, HafenCity HamburgHÖRMANN PRODUCTSSingle and double-leaf T30 steelfire-rated doors with tubularframe H310 S-LineSingle-leaf aluminium smoke-tightdoors A/RS-150Single-leaf T90 fire hatches H16Single leaf acoustic-rated doorD55Basic rolling shutter HR 120 aeroLayout and location (top)View of the residential tower in its urban setting with the twoneighbouring streets Sandtorkai and Kaiserkai (bottom).PHOTOSGötz Wrage, HamburgPeter Breuer, HamburgIngenhoven Architectsbaubild / Stephan Falk / Hörmann KG13


Single family home in Mostelberg, SwitzerlandTwo parameters determined the design of the single family home in the Swissmountains: the impressive view and the meeting of the passive house standard.The Zurich architects Diethelm und Spillmann were able to combine both with aningenious idea and extravagant planning into a sophisticated architecture that is fullycommitted to the materials of its surroundings.A young couple found a new home in a traditional Swissvillage in the skiing and hiking region of Mostelberg.Located 1100 metres above the sea, the village offersa fascinating view of the surrounding mountainouslandscape and the Aegrisee located a little further away.Even though the plot is located in a slightly depressedarea, the building owners did not want to miss out on themagnificent view. The young, Zurich-based architectsremembered their childhoods. What did you do if yourheight was not enough to look out the window? Youstood on tip toes and if that was not enough, you used astepping stool. This was exactly what happened to thehouse. Diethelm und Spillmann positioned a compactpedestal containing the garage and storage roomsin the depression. As the regional building code onlypermitted two floors, the entire residential space had to beaccommodated on a single level. This inevitably resultedin lateral projections, which clearly accentuate the designconcept.Anyone building a house today, aims to achieve thegreatest possible energy savings. Achieving the passivehouse standard is the minimum aim. In this regard, theapplied mixed construction method consisting of solidbuilding parts manufactured on location and prefabricatedtimber elements combines the advantages of bothmaterials. Floor and ceiling slabs made of concrete as wellas partition walls made of sand-lime brick constitute alarge amount of storage mass. At the same time, the highlyinsulated timber structure can be used statically. The 42centimetre-thick roof elements allow the unsupportedbridging of the ten metre-wide living area. Energy savingsalso result from the strict division of heated and unheatedzones. The stairway is located outside, while the pedestalhas no connection to the upper floor. The roof itself iscompletely covered with photovoltaic and solar thermalelements, which will result in the amount of gained energyexceeding the amount of used energy, which may turn thehouse into an Energy-plus-house. The house is accessedvia an introverted terrace on its north-eastern side. Anoffice/guest room and the self-contained sleeping areawith a dressing room and bathroom are located on thesame level. The narrow hallway leads upstairs via aninternal staircase to the living area that takes up the entirewidth of the building and in which the family cooks, eatsand spends time without visual barriers. From the inside,the row of windows, which is horizontally inserted intothe tilted facade, acts like a mighty panorama landscapepicture that the residents can now also enjoy sitting down.At more than four meters in height with a slightly risingceiling, the room also accommodates a small gallery thatcan be used as a play or retreat area. Plastering coveredin a layer of silvery paint with slightly visible scraper tracesnicely matches the wall and ceiling cladding primarilyconsisting of light-coloured larch wood. In contrast, theexterior is dominated by dark painted facade wainscoting.It covers the almost three-storey sculptured building thatalmost appears to be wearing an oversized hat and thathas to duck for building regulation reasons to adjust to theheight of its neighbouring 1970s houses.14


Single family home in Mostelberg, SwitzerlandFew large openings allow plenty of daylight to enter the living/dining area,which is fully clad in wood (previous page).The cube structure, which rests on a pedestal, is fully adjusted to thelandscape surrounding it (top).The wide entrance hallway leads directly via a few steps into the living/dining area (bottom left).The small guest apartment with view of the hallway (bottom right).16


OwnerSamuel Vogel, Sattel, SwitzerlandDesignDiethelm & Spillmann Architekten,ZurichHÖRMANN PRODUCTSSectional garage door LPU 40L-ribbed, SilkgrainSupport structure planningRoland Bärtschi, Ehrendingen,SwitzerlandNietlisbach, SwitzerlandPlans (top to bottom): longitudinal cross-section, ground floor,upper floor, atticThe covered outside staircase extends via the entrance yardto the residence (top right).The entrance yard simultaneously provides the residents withan introverted sun terrace (bottom right).LocationSattel/Mostelberg, SwitzerlandPHOTOSRoger Frei, Zurich17


Low energy house in LuckaIn many areas, building owners and architects battle restrictive building regulationsfor many years, indirectly fighting against the uniformity of many new residentialareas. However, at the edge of the small town of Lucka in the Altenburger Land regionof Germany, building regulations and sophisticated architecture are not at odds. Thearchitects of the Leipzig-based office of atelier st complied with all directives yetcreated an ingenious single family home.The small town of Lucka in Thuringia, Germany, is locatedin the area where the German states of Thuringia, Saxonyand Saxony-Anhalt meet. Similar to many German cities, itconsists of a picturesque old town core with half-timberedhouses to which new residential areas have been addedover time. One of these settlements is located at thesouthern end of Lucka near the forest and appropriatelynamed “Zum Waldblick”, i.e. “Forest View”.The plot of land that was to be used for the buildingonly measured 560 square metres, which, coupled withthe strict building regulations, seemed to provide verylimited leeway for the architects' creativity. The ridgeheight and its orientation, the roof slope and the coloursof the roof and facade were all specified. Yet the ownerdesired a rather modern and individual home for hisfamily. The architects realized that the only way to avoidthe uniformity of the settlement was to apply the designprinciple of elimination. Therefore the planners pointedlyavoided as many as possible of the typical features ofnew buildings such as a symmetrical superstructure, roofprotrusions, projections and annexes. Accordingly, thegarage, which is symptomatic for new single family homes,was not connected to the outside of the main building, butintegrated into the residence and rendered almost invisiblethrough the uniform facade covering. The architectsapplied a similar trick in the entrance area. As standard,this area consists of a granite pedestal with a door scraperand a small canopy. Instead, the architects inserted theentrance area diagonally into one of the longitudinal sidesof the building, which made the entrance visible, since thedoor itself is as indistinguishable from the facade as thegarage door. To provide the cubic structure with its owncharacter despite the strict regulations, the architectshad to resort to the design of the roof. They utilized themaximum and minimum allowed roof slopes, making oneside extremely steep at 48° and one very flat at 22°. Thisasymmetric gable roof style is not only effective in termsof design, but also suits the low energy concept of thebuilding as the steep roof surfaces face south, providingoptimal illumination for the solar panels. By utilizing solarenergy in combination with a heat recovery system viaexhaust air and a rainwater cistern, the single familyhome only uses 51 kilowatt hours per year and squaremetre. The owner placed great emphasis on this ecologicoverall concept which he wanted to also be visible in thebuilding's external appearance. The architects decidedto present this with a building cover made of larch woodribs. Since the roof and external walls are no longerdistinguished, the result is a finely structured cohesivesurface that certainly creates the most effective contrastto the other buildings of the area. The elegance andcleverness of the outside is also reflected in the home'sinside. A screed floor dyed mustard yellow connects allrooms and emphasizes the heterogeneous room conceptthat is determined by rooms of various heights, a galleryand thus complex spatial relationships. The seeminglyrandomly arranged windows underline this impression.18


Low energy house in LuckaToday, the larch wood ribs that camouflage both the entrance door as wellas the clad up-and-over door of the garage still have a golden shimmer.With time, weathering will create an understated shade of silver grey (top).The different room heights and the high window optically enlarge therelatively small living area, which merges seamlessly with the "dining room"(bottom).20


From the gallery, one can look onto the open living and dining area andthrough the large window into the garden beyond.21


Low energy house in LuckaUnder the roof there is enough room for a spacious bathroom.The mustard-coloured floor covering extends through all roomsfrom the staircase to the upper floors.22


Owner(private use)Designatelier st, LeipzigHÖRMANN PRODUCTSUp-and-over garage door style 905for on-site infill.Support structure planningIngenieurbüro Mittenzwei, WerdauLocationLucka near LeipzigPHOTOSBertram Bölkow Fotodesign, LeipzigLongitudinal cross section, layout of upper floor and ground floor(from top to bottom).The uniform floor covering and the colour white as a link betweeneverything even make the small staircase appear generouslyproportioned (left).23


Student housing area in MunichFollowing the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, the former women's village served asstudent housing for more than 30 years. The 800 mini flats, which were not created tolast forever, were completely demolished and rebuilt with an almost identical cubature.Students quickly resumed ownership of the group of listed buildings on the premises.24Beyond the sporting event, the 1972 Olympic Gamesin Munich are closely associated with the uniquearchitecture. The tent-style roof construction above thestadium has retained its value to this day. In addition, themaster plan for the entire premises has also been proveneffective. Frequently, at the end of such large-scaleevents, the costly infrastructure is abandoned or is onlyinsufficiently used.However, the Olympia premises in Munich were kept fullyfunctional and have long since become an integral part ofthe city. After the games, the athletes' accommodations,which at the time were still segregated by sex, weretransformed into residences that are still very popularamong the residents of Munich. While the maleparticipants were accommodated in multi-floor terracehouses, the women lived in the so-called bungalow village,a series of 800 densely arranged mini apartments, eachof which had its own entrance from the street. As theminiature flats were not easily let after the games, theStudentenwerk (student services) took over the premisesand turned them into a form of students' residence.Students from around the world occupied this legendaryplace and through the years it evolved into a uniquecosmos of its own. Not quite built to last for an eternity,the little steel concrete houses are showing signs of wearand tear after more than 30 years of use. A survey reportfound that the existing buildings could not be renovatedcost-effectively while maintaining their architecturalqualities. The Studentenwerk therefore decided inAugust 2007 to completely dismantle all houses with theexception of 12 example monuments and rebuild themwith an almost identical cubature in compliance with thegroup listing of the buildings. This plan was also approvedby 91-year-old architect professor Werner Wirsing whohad originally planned the village in 1972 and served asa consultant for the reconstruction activities. A slight tiltof the unit spacing allowed the increase of the numberof apartments from 800 to 1026. They are all in line withthe current energy and physical construction standards.As originally proclaimed, the two-storey maisonette flatsallow individual living with minimum interference amongresidents. Sufficient communication options are alreadyprovided by the narrow 2.30 meter-wide alleys with theirSouthern European flair. Those who are not happy withthe uniform look can paint their facades. This was alreadyintended by the building plan, which was based on the 1968students' movement. Each student is provided with justabout 20 square meters of space. That is not exactly large,but as the layout examples show, clever arrangementallows fitting all key functions in the smallest space. Theroof terraces measuring almost six square meters offer theneeded relaxation in the summer. The ground floor level isoccupied by the bathroom, kitchenette with eating counter,a closet and a worktop extending across the entire widthof the room in front of the low, horizontal window. A smallstaircase leads to the sleeping gallery upstairs from whichthe roof terrace can be accessed. Even though the flair of1968 disappeared with the renovation, today's students arealready very busy reconquering this special site.


Student housing area in MunichTypical of the Olympic Village are the rows of individual houses withtheir narrow alleys.From the bedroom on the upper floor residents can access theirown roof terraces (top right).The kitchenette was deliberately kept open so as not to furtherreduce the already limited living space (bottom).Plans: Cross-section (top left), layouts of the ground floor and upperfloor (bottom right)26


View of the dining and working area from the kitchen. Theunusual arrangement of the windows prevents nosylooks from the narrow alley.27


Student housing area in MunichThe building density in combination with the narrow alley creates asouthern atmosphere (left top).Of the former 800 houses 12 original buildings were renovated in linewith monument protection guidelines and equipped with Hörmann doors(bottom left).Students are free to design the facades of their homes (right).28


OwnerStudentenwerk MünchenDesignarge werner wirsing bogevischsbuero, MunichHÖRMANN PRODUCTSSingle-leaf T30 fire-rated doors H3DSingle-leaf T90 fire-rated doors H16Single-leaf steel multi-purpose doorD45Support structure planningSailer Stephan & PartnerIngenieure, MunichLocationConnollystraße 3, MünchenThe serial arrangement of the houses provides frequent small publicsquares for relaxation (top).Layout of the Olympic Village, which has barely changed since the 1972Summer Games (bottom).PHOTOSJens Masmann, Munichbaubild / Stephan Falk / Hörmann KG29


1HörmannCorporate News11. An OutstandingHörmann Door Design!Hörmann doors for industrial structuresare not just characterised by theirreliability and function, but also bytheir design. Two of our industrialdoors were recently recognised fortheir high-quality design, and receivedthe renowned red dot award. Thisbrings the number of red dot awardsreceived by Hörmann up to three.The international jury selected notjust one, but even two new productsfrom the German manufacturer: theASR 40 and the ALR Vitraplan. Theprominent jury recognized the excellentproduct design of the two doors fordesign-oriented commercial buildings.Both doors will become valuablearchitectural design elements inprestigious commercial buildings.The ASR 40 has a special profile design.Its vertical and horizontal profiles areespecially narrow – only 65 mm wide –and bevelled on the sides.The second door that was awarded –the ALR Vitraplan – has a flush-fittingglazing, whereby it appears as having aclosed and smooth, continuous surface.This makes it an elegant designelement.2. Broaden YourHorizons with HörmannIn honour of its 75th anniversary,Hörmann, the garage and entrancedoor manufacturer, has established ascholarship programme. Through thisprogramme the company offers itsover 6,000 employees, as well as theirfriends and families, the opportunityto experience life outside of thebusiness. Young people betweenthe age of 18 and 24 can apply toparticipate in one of four differentprojects, each lasting one year: One atthe Bodelschwinghschen StiftungenBethel foundation in Bielefeld,Germany, as well as three projectsabroad. In the Albanian village Fushe-Arrez, applicants will help in the Fushe-Arrez Mission. In the Kolpingwerkin Tuxtla Gutiérrez (Mexico), traineeswill look after young people andin the Watoto Foundation Home inArusha, Tanzania, the primary goalof the scholars is to look after schoolstudents. “The Hörmann scholarshipis a wonderful opportunity,” statesChristoph Hörmann, personally liablepartner of the Group. “Applicants cangain unique experience from one offour projects.” For more information,visit www.hoermann.com/stipendium3. High break-inresistance coupled witha powerful appearanceEntrance doors with break-inresistance are a widely appliedstandard. However, many programmesonly offer limited styles with break-inresistance as an optional extra. Theend customer often has to choosebetween an attractive appearanceand high security standards. For thisreason, Hörmann decided to notonly develop security equipment forits high-quality aluminium entrancedoors with which it complies with theresistance class 2 (WK 2) according toDIN V ENV 1627, but to offer thisoption for all styles, all transom lightsand side elements. What’s more, theincreased security standard found inHörmann doors is not even visible!According to information by themanufacturer, it is the only company inthe German market offering completeentrance door solutions and all stylesin accordance to resistance class2. Hörmann offers a WK 2 versionof all its entrance door styles ofthe TopComfort, TopPrestige andTopPrestigePlus series, as well as allside elements and transom lights.30


444. ST 500 sliding door forcollective garagesSince inner-city residential complexesare gaining in popularity, the demandfor collective garage doors is alsoincreasing. Hörmann has developeda second type of door for collectivegarages – the sliding door ST 500.It has the same appearance as thenon-protruding up-and-over doorET 500, but opens to the side and isguided in a track fitted to the wall. Thespecially designed rollers enable it torun precisely and extremely quietly.This door is also an ideal solutionto accommodate the most variousentrance situations, particularly withvery low entrance openings. Therequired headroom of 110 mm is verylow. Many door styles are available toallow the door to fit harmoniously intothe front of the building. In addition,you can cover the door with the sametype of cladding used on the facade,such as timber or suitable panels.5. Honours for ExcellentBusiness PracticesThe Hörmann Group does not onlyreceive awards in Germany. Thefamily-owned business' activitiesin the USA were also recentlyrecognized. Hörmann Flexon LLC wasvoted the number one high-speeddoor manufacturer in a dealer surveycovering the whole United States.The team of Hörmann Flexon receivedthe “Best of Business” award at theIDA Expo in Las Vegas. “For us, thisaward confirms that we are going inthe right direction in the USA,” statedChristoph Hörmann, personally liablepartner of the Group in charge ofactivities in the USA.6. Exceptional fireproofing solutionIn the Latvian city of Riga a formermulti-storey car park was transformedinto one of the most modern officebuildings – the Citadeles Moduli basedon a design by Meinhard von Gerkan.The entrance areas had to be securedas a fire area, requiring exceptionalsolutions by Hörmann. As the highentrance foyer extends beyond thefirst floor, a balustrade was created.However, not only the height but alsothe seamless integration of the fireproofingelements into the interiordesign had to be resolved with theappropriate products. The choice ofmaterial and colours of fire-rated doorswith a tubular frame construction arematched to the overall design of theentrance area as well as all floors.31


Architecture and ArtSven Johne“Every story is fiction” and vice versa: sometimes afictional escalation is required to get to the bottom ofthings or to get the proverbial “ball rolling”. The wordimagecycles of Sven Johne precisely match seeminglydocumentary story-telling with the correct choice of imagematerial. The artist focuses precisely on the essence ofsocial phenomena, combining tales of personal failurewith the effect of a lack of perspectives in landscapesthat are being abandoned. On a wider scale, he has dealtwith the side effects of globalisation such as the risks ofinfatuation with technology or a barely noticeable, yetflourishing modern form of piracy. With his very own storytelling structure and the incisive and at the same surprisedsounding tone of voice “Sven Johne magically creates anentire country from the newspaper-snippet perspective(...)” C. Lorch. All works by Sven Johne share a focus onthe fate of individuals, which he presents for considerationin a laconic-distanced way without losing the proximityand compassion for his protagonists. He knows how totransport his contents with formal confidence. His capacityof selecting interpretable images of reality is also apparentin his films.Message in a bottle — sevenobservations of helplessness 2008,b/w-photography, silkscreen, silvergelatine print, each 55 x 26.5 cm (right)Ship Cancellation, Savannah 2004,five lambda prints, silk screen print onglass, each 110 x 150 cm (right side)32


Shanghai PitBuildingSven Johneborn 1976 on Rügenlives and works as an artist in BerlinCurriculum vitae2004 Diploma in creative arts fromthe Hochschule für Grafik undBuchkunst in LeipzigClass of Professor Timm Rautert2006 Master student degree underProfessor Timm RautertGalerie Klemm´sbrunnenstraße 710119 Berlinwww.klemms-berlin.comfrom Tears of the Eyewitness, 200933


PREVIEW / IMPRINTTopic of the next issue of PORTAL:Special focus on MunichThe BAU trade fair in Munich in January 2011 is suchan important fair for the entire sector that PORTAL isalready for the third time dedicating an entire issue to itsvenue, the capital of the German state of Bavaria. Thepast year, which was dominated by the financial crisis,also affected the architecture sector. Rather smallerprojects were implemented. This time, the architecturaltour of Munich ranges from a single family home tosophisticated office buildings, the small Hotel Louis nearthe Viktualienmarkt, up to the central bus terminal nearthe central railway station.The residents of Munich have waited for a long time for a central bus terminal in the downtown area. It was built by the architects Auer + Weber.Photo: Georg Romas, Munich34


Hörmann in DialogueBuilding with Hörmann –Your project in PORTALAt four-monthly intervals, PORTAL reports about currentarchitecture and the framework conditions under whichit evolves. And if you so wish, PORTAL could soon serveas the display case for one of your own projects! Sendus information on the buildings you have realised usingHörmann products – as a brief documentation with plansand photos, maximum in A3 scale, by post or e-mail:Hörmann KG Verkaufsgesellschaft, attn. AlexanderRosenhäger, Upheider Weg 94-98, D-33803 Steinhagena.rosenhaeger.vkg@hoermann.dePUBLISHED BYHörmann KGVerkaufsgesellschaftP.O. Box 1261D-33792 SteinhagenUpheider Weg 94—98D-33803 SteinhagenTelephone: +49 (0) (5204) 915-521Telefax: +49 (0) (5204) 915-341Internet: www.hoermann.comEDITORSAlexander Rosenhäger, M.A.Dr.-Ing. Dietmar DannerDipl.-Ing. Cornelia KrauseDipl.-Ing. Marina SchiemenzPUBLISHING HOUSEGesellschaft für Knowhow-Transferin Architektur und Bauwesen mbHFasanenweg 18D-70771 Leinfelden-EchterdingenPRINTERSsachsendruck GmbHPaul-Schneider-Straße 12D-08252 PlauenThis journal and all the articles andillustrations contained therein are protectedby copyright. The publishing house andeditors do not assume any responsibility forunsolicited photographs and manuscripts.Address data processing is handled byHeinze GmbH for Hörmann KG.Printed in Germany — Imprimé enAllemagnePhoto: baubild / Stephan Falk / Hörmann AG


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