ELEMENTAR’s new office/production building
The theme of the grid unit plays a central role at the new office and production building erected by Elementar Analysensysteme in Langenselbold, Germany. The result is a consistently modularised and compact structure that expresses the rectilinear character of the firm’s products throughout – as seen in the homogenous and finely articulated façade that reflects the precision and quality of the technical devices developed and produced by the firm. The two-storey building incorporating state-of-the-art utilities accommodates not only office and production space but also a large warehouse, adaptable training and meeting rooms, a canteen, changing rooms and technical utility rooms.
Inside the building this thematic focus is encountered in art by Reinhard Roy, whose compositions features the grid as a predominant element, and is also evident whether in the choice of sound absorbers or individual seating items in the lounge areas, with all these components testifying to a design approach of stringent modularity.
The modul21 seating furniture system provided the planners a highly flexible tool, enabling them to meet the client’s quality expectations and realise a solution tailored to the particular spatial situation of the representative reception area. Black leather elements in the 20cm grid of the classic modul21 line found use, upholding a design concept distinguished by uncompromising purism and clarity to modern yet timeless effect.
Architect/planners: winter-bauconcept, client: Elementar Analysensysteme GmbH
Employed products: (modul21 CL classic, grid/segment width 20 cm, black leather, feet in brushed aluminium)
Listed villa in Dresden
An impressive building is to be found in Comenius Strasse in central Dresden, one of the few villas still existing in the street not far from the Grosser Garten park and Volkswagen’s Transparent Factory. Built by the Dresden law professor Arthur Esche in 1902, it has seen an eventful history, including various uses, such as becoming one of the city’s first socialist Pioneer Houses in 1946. It has since undergone rehabilitation into a residential and commercial building in a painstaking process that began in summer 2017 in close coordination with the office for the preservation of historical monuments, with the measure including recreation of valuable details such as windows, shading elements, wall surfacing, stucco ceilings and doors.
Today FSD Fahrzeugsystemdaten GmbH occupies the ground floor and basement area. FSD acts under German Road Transport Law as the central agency for the development of innovative technologies for testing modern and future vehicle systems, plus it provides authorised experts and inspectors with specifications and testing methods for use in vehicle safety inspection routines.
As part of the rehabilitation work the Dresden interior planning office ehrlich+richters was commissioned with devising the concept for FSD’s interiors. The creative interior designers began by immersing themselves in FSD’s work, which is highly technical in nature on the one hand yet also visionary and future-oriented on the other. For the multi-purpose consulting rooms ehrlich+richters selected the innovative modul21 furniture system. The modular and highly adaptable seating accords perfectly not only with FSD’s self-concept but also with the character of the work performed in the rooms, with the 20 cm segments on which the furniture system is based enabling a perfect fit in the various functional areas. Thanks also to the high-quality materials and use of the modul21 elements for colour accentuation, a timelessly modern ambience has come about in the stylish, historic interiors, lending the rooms a unique look of their own.
Interior designer/planner: ehrlich+richters, Dresden
Employed products: (modul21 CL, grid/segment width 20 cm, leather, feet in aluminium powder-coated black)