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Building for vertical garden cities

Some of their structures remind us of bold visions of the future, in which plants reclaim nature for themselves. WOHA realize the permeation of buildings and landscape, of interiors and exteriors in projects such as the Singapore School of the Arts and the seminal residential high-rise “The Met” in Bangkok, which received the International Highrise Award 2010.

WOHA is represented by Richard Hassell and Mun Summ Wong as directors of the architectural office based in Singapore. They made their name in Asia in the late 1990s with open, single-family dwellings suitable for the tropics. Today they mainly design high-rises and large structures: a mega residential park in India, office and hotel towers in Singapore that lend a new, vertical dimension to green landscapes. Air-conditioning is merely an additional feature for these open structures, because the building structure itself provides the cooling. Natural lighting is standard, solar modules harvest energy for use in the buildings; water for domestic purposes and rainwater are reused.

Topics such as creating value added through communal areas and permeability for climate and nature will be presented in WOHA’s first monographic exhibition using examples of open tropical family homes, green high-rises and projects still in the completion phase. The exhibition showcases 19 of WOHA’s most important projects in digital images and models, project texts, large-format photos and plans.

 

WOHA – Breathing Architecture
2 December 2011 – 29 April 2012 at the Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM), Frankfurt am Main

Further information:
dam-online.de
woha-architects.com

 

Metin Ergül leaves Koelnmesse

Metin Ergül, Head of Trade Fair Management at Koelnmesse, is going to leave the enterprise by the end of March 2012. He will take up new employment as director of an enterprise in the health care industry.

Ergül has been employed with Koelnmesse since 2006. During the past years he successfully developed the trade fairs in the field of home, garden and leisure industries, for instance the spoga+gafa, the spoga+gafa horse, the Cologne Marathon Expo, the international hardware trade fair, the Asia Pacific Sourcing and the China International Hardware Show abroad. Until a successor has been nominated, Koelnmesse-director Katharina C. Hamma takes over his responsibilities.

Prize-winning innovative

The “green industry” and “innovation” are not necessarily a contradiction. The Swiss garden centre Meier of Dürnten proves that both can go together very well. The company was recently awarded the “Graines d’Or” prize as the most innovative garden centre in Europe. Even the location of the award presentation was pretty unusual: It took place at the Paris nightclub Lido.

But what is it that makes this company so innovative, so extraordinary? Could it be the many events in the premise, as for instance the family-days, the handicraft courses or the roses-days? Maybe the garden journeys organised by Meier, e.g. to the Netherlands and Great Britain? Is it possibly the child care by three child minders, which is so unusual for a garden centre? Could it be the excellent service and the distinguished advice for all customers? But no, perhaps it is the wide ranging assortment? Or could it even be the highly professional media work done by the 115 years old family business? In fact, it is a bit of all, or as was said in the laudation in Paris: The Meier family has proven that innovation and tradition don’t have to exclude each other. The brave steps the family took in difficult times reflect the way in which this family is able to uncompromisingly realise visions and use their strengths in order to expand their business.

A deeper impression of the most innovative garden centre in Europe can be obtained here: meier-ag.ch

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