Interior Surfaces and Materials

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Editorial: (by Christian Schittich)

Timber and bamboo in their natural tones; strictly, geometrically ordered with minimal, clear detailing, create an elegant, almost meditative atmosphere in the Onsen Hotel bathhouse by Kengo Kuma. Contrastingly vibrant and energetic is the appearance of a restaurant in Zurich by Burkhalter Sumi with its flowing forms, strong colours and covered surfaces. At first glance, the contrast between the two examples could hardly be greater – but they do have something in common: both classes demonstrate contemporary interior architectural designs which are striking, direct responses to specific assignments. The use of forms, building materials and lighting enable architects to create remarkable atmospheres, whereby the selected surfaces for walls, ceilings, floors and furnishings play decisive roles. It is with these materials that design becomes reality; materials determine the atmosphere of spaces with their surfaces, colours and textures. Users of buildings. Users of buildings come into direct contact with a building´s interior surfaces much more so that its facades. The perception is immediate; he can touch and feel them and even take in their scent. Thus the visual and haptic, the acoustic and the olfactory qualities of materials acquire great importance and weight. Do they appear matt, or do they reflect or absorb sound; are they glossy or silky, transparent or shimmering untreated or coated? The emotional qualities of materials are also capable of affecting us; they can attract or repulse us, play with our associations, awaken memories or intellectually challenge us.


Designing with Materials Christian Schittich

Material Summary of Projects

Apartment in Oberlech Delugan Meissi Associated Architects, Vienna

Holiday Apartment at Attersee Atelier Ebner + Ullmann, Vienna

Apartment Renovation in Berlin Behles & Jochimsen, Berlin

Hotel “The Emperor” in Beijing Graft, Beijing

Floor in “Hotel Puerta América” in Madrid Zaha Hadid Architects, London

Guest Pavilions in Olot RCR Architects, Olot

Hotel “Gianza-Onsen-Fujiya” in Obanazawa Kengo Kuma & Associates, Tokyo

Parish Centre and Youth Club in Thalmassing meck architects, Munich

Multimedia-Pavilion in Jinhua Erhard An-He Kinzelbach, Vienna

Theatre in Zurich EM2N, Zurich

Theatre Agora in Lelystad UN Studio, Amsterdam, B+M, The Hague

Casa da Musica in Porto OMA, Rotterdam

Architectural Documentation Centre in Madrid Aparicio + Fernández-Elorza, Madrid

Film and Visual Media Research Centre in London Surface Architects, London

Artist´Agency in Berlin ANGELIS + PARTNER, Oldenburg

Dentist´s Practice in Berlin Graft, Berlin

Design Concepts and Surface Qualities of Dry Construction Systems Karsten Tichelmann

The Design Scope of Melamine-Resin Coated Surfaces Heinz Peters

Stores: Labelled Worlds Natalie Marth and Karl Schwitzke, Designburo Schwitzke & Partner, Dusseldorf

Use of materials in shop design moysig retail design

Fashion Store “Maison Kouis Vuitton des Champs-Elysees” in Paris Carbondale, Paris

Shop in Barcelona EQUIP Xavier Claramunt, Barcelona

Fashion Store in Berlin Corneille Uedingslohmann, Berlin

Shoe shop in Amsterdam Meyer en Van Schooten, Amsterdam

Shoe shop in Rome Fabio Novembre, Milan

Linden Pharmacy in Ludwigsburg ippolito fleitz group – identity architects, Stuttgart

“La Rinascente” in Milan Department Store Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, London

Wine Tasting Tavern in Fallbach Christine Remensperger, Stuttgart

Restaurant and Bar in Zurich Burkhalter Sumi, Zurich

French Restaurant “Aoba-tei” in Sendai Hitoshi Abe + Atelier Hitoshi Abe, Sendai

Restaurant “Georges” in Paris Jakob + MacFarlane, Paris

Interior Surfaces and Materials Christiane Sauer

Multi-materials Claudia Luling and Philipp Strohm

Architects – Project Details Authors Illustration Credits

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Cite: Andrew Rosenberg. "Interior Surfaces and Materials" 29 Oct 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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