Insight

More than the sum of its parts

Arcora sees itself as a translator of architectural visions into resilient solutions, both technically as well as economically. The firm’s secret to success?

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Lifestyle

ETFE - thought again

Boundless possibilities with “off the peg” profiles? With the world's first serially producible ETFE façade modular system, ETFE_THERM+ RAICO solves planning and design tasks in one go. And wins SILVER in the 2018 Architects' Darling Award…

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Lifestyle

Modern style embraces Late Gothic

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gerhard Glaser is a contemporary witness, architect and former state conservator of the German federal state of Saxony. Over a period of decades, he fought for the preservation of the oldest Gothic church…

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Lifestyle

Design is dictatorship

At BAU 2019 in Munich, many innovations will again be celebrating their launch. One of these is the RAICO trade fair stand created by designer Claus Neuleib, one of the managing directors of the company ARNO Design. We talked with this creative…

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Lifestyle

Life in the Metropolis of 20 million

China is building its future – helped by technical expertise from the Allgäu. The air pollution in and around Beijing forces the government to take action. The solution: Saving energy with more eco-friendly construction methods – and not…

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Lifestyle

Magic tool for dome professionals

Something complex can be so simple: Paul Rothe from Metallbau Windeck GmbH has developed a software solution for three-dimensional dome roofs that automatically recognises the neuralgic points during the planning process and digitally depicts…

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Meeting

Summit meeting

In their professional lives, their passion for architecture and building techniques unites them. In private, the four can also get enthusiastic about other things. 

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Insight

Think local, act global

The name Werner Sobek is a global byword for structure planning, façade planning, design, sustainability, TGA and energy. 

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Vision

An entire city in one house

This house is destined never to be completed: NEST unites a diverse array of building units to form a fully innovative test laboratory for the construction industry – and hence a constantly changing and evolving construction. What is its…

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Lifestyle

The animated building

Swinging Sixties, Beatles, Carnaby Street – and one of the first skyscrapers in Great Britain: When the 117 meter Centre Point in the middle of London was completed in the summer of 1966 it was the herald of a new age. Pop…

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Lifestyle

Exquisite musical pearl of the Seine

Architect’s Darling, system developer’s masterpiece: La Seine Musicale is Paris’s new music culture centre. 

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Lifestyle

Working by hand

He’s the man they call the “master of the manual sketch”: Stefan Gauss from the company Freyler Metallbau  draws technical details on paper even during consultations with architects…

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Meeting

A meeting with a view

There’s no stopping these two: Whether it’s downhill biking, climbing, alpine tours or deep-snow descents – André Eschelbach (left), proprietor of metal engineering planners AE Plan in Wikon, and Gerhard Limacher…

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Vision

The fuel of the future

Neon green lights: What looks like radioactive material from a distance surprises you when you examine it more closely and see what it really is: exotic algae. So what are algae from Papua New Guinea doing on a University campus in the German…

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Insight

Form follows requirements

The mood is justifiably optimistic at AllesWirdGut, an architecture firm with offices in Vienna and Munich. 

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Vision

Any shape you like, straight from the printer

Will Laufs is sure: the future lies in the printer.

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Lifestyle

As unmistakable as it is unique

Customisation within the mass market is no longer just a trend, but a basic requirement. We all know about personalised mobile-phone tariffs and training shoes. Now it is the turn of enterprises that produce things like customised top-end…

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Lifestyle

Kaiser Beckenbauer’s master builders

„Old Boys“ encounter with the champion record-holder: Architect Tom Ferster, site manager Christoph Eisenhut and RAICO founder Albert Inninger take a tour of the FC Bayern München ground and recall their joint construction…

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Lifestyle

A Penfriend on Rügen

The CEO of steel erection firm FLZ held his breath as the new steel-and-glass domed roof was delicately lowered into place on the historic marine navigation tower on Cape Arkona. 

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Meeting

Brothers in spirit

They have worked together for years, regularly exchanging opinions on their shared free-time passion for cycling. Last April, RAICO project promoter Gunther Helmle took it on himself to invite Ulrich Hubl from PBI Fassadentechnik to join…

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Insight

Strictly ordered chaos

“Our office is staffed by individualists”, say Volker Swiatkowski (bottom right) and Andreas Suerkemper ...

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Vision

An organic take on the Big Apple

It might vaguely remind you of a designer allotment shed. Instead of discreetly nestling next to some railway track or other, the Solar RoofPod is proudly located three floors up from ground level, so the tomatoes…

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Vision

A further thought: “Do you just exist, or are you living?”

What could this famous slogan of a Swedish furniture shop have to do with the situation of the many people obliged to leave their homeland? Many of them can barely imagine a proper home in a far-off place, and end up at…

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Lifestyle

For safety's sake

Testing for wind load and air permeability – along with resistance to driving rain, fire and burglars – is part of their job. (From left) Tobias Sigg, Bernd Seemüller and Oliver Döring make up the RAICO test team. Their mission: to check…

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Lifestyle

A day’s work in eternal Alpine ice

Office getting a bit cramped? Noisy workmates? Anyone complaining about their workplace might like to swap jobs with Martin Moser. He is a fitter working in Antarctic-like conditions on Germany’s highest building site, where…

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Lifestyle

Guardian of the light

A glass roof is, for the people underneath it, more than just the decorative topping of a building. It supplies light, regulates heat, helps de­­termine their mood and gives them something nice to look at, while also providing…

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Lifestyle

The shape of things to come

Just like a proud new dad — at RAICO: the latest member of the company’s family of curtain wall systems is the THERM+ FS-I. Michael Kaufmann and his team have developed this steel curtain wall system using screw-in tubular profile sections.…

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Meeting

The art of heading the ball

They both share a joint passion for football and architecture: Marius Ellwanger (on the right), a project manager at Leipzig Architects Schulz & Schulz Architekten, and Hagen Weber, RAICO’s sales manager for Germany and…

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