In 2018, the historic vault in Dresden, the basement of a garden floor, was renovated and converted into a cozy apartment with an individual style.
For his own family, Cologne-based architect Till Robin Kurz hand-built back an old, dilapidated house here that was too small for life with children. To continue the idea of sustainability in the interior of the house, CLAYTEC's CLAYFIX clay paint was used for the wall design.
The listed two-story residential house in Rheinsberg was originally built around the year 1770 as an agrarian burgher's house in a typical local half-timbered construction with thatched-earth infill. The historic building fits harmoniously into the atmosphere of the city center of Rheinsberg. Over the centuries, the old half-timbered house has undergone a remarkable development, it was divided into two halves about 100 years ago. From January 2021 to March 2022, an extensive renovation took place. The reconstruction ensured that the building meets today's standards of living quality. Today, it presents itself as a spacious residential building with two separate living units per half of the house. This clever reconfiguration contributes to the optimal use of space and offers modern living comfort amidst the historic charm. The roofs have each been converted to residential use.
Last year, we already presented the Essen-based start-up "Futur2K" and the prototype as the basic building block of a modular system called "ADPT". This is an adaptive, cycle-based, scalable and climate-positive building. The special feature of this system is that it is designed to be modular, flexible and scalable. From Tiny House to neighborhood scale, many individual possibilities are offered. The team presented the interim result of their development work last year in the form of an "adaptive buildings" installation at Berliner Platz in Essen. Now there is news: The ADPT module can be explored at ZecheZollverein since the beginning of July.
"House Hovooren" is called the residential house built in 1986 in the district of Kleve. The detached house, situated in the countryside, which originally belonged to the 3-field farm "Aan het Hovooren", is located on a plot of land of approximately 4,000 m². The dwelling house with associated, lovingly arranged garden comprise 1,000 m², while the remaining 3,000 m² are used for the management of sheep. In 2021, the sale of the house was pending. The new owners, a young couple from the surrounding area, were convinced by Haus Hovooren at first sight. After the acquisition, an extensive renovation began promptly, most of which was done by Ann-Kathrin and Markus Platzer themselves. During the 11-month renovation phase, the focus was on energy-efficient modernization. It was important to the new owners to preserve the original style of the former farmhouse from the 19th century, which stood on the property before the Hovooren house and on which the current house is based.
WIMMER solid wood furniture is a leading manufacturer of high-quality solid wood furniture. The family-owned company based in Waldkirchen places great value on craftsmanship, sustainability and timeless design. Each piece of furniture is carefully selected and manufactured with attention to detail. By using natural materials and integrating ecological aspects into the manufacturing process, WIMMER solid wood furniture supports awareness of environmentally friendly furniture and sustainable living.
Helsinki. In the northern district of Honkasuo in the Finnish capital, seven residential buildings were constructed using traditional block construction methods. The goal of a climate-friendly and sustainable row house settlement was pursued with the use of circular building materials and sustainable construction techniques. Solid hand-carved tree trunks from the region were used for the colourful row of houses. The interior was designed with climate-friendly clay plasters from ClayTec. The construction project was accompanied by architect Minna Aarnio and civil engineer Jukka Reinikainen, who both run the family business Rakennusasiaintoimisto Aarre Oy. Together they are involved in many projects in the southern region of Finland, where CO2-absorbing materials are a particular focus.
Materials were also chosen for the interior fittings in the sense of circular value creation. In addition to recycled bricks, climate-friendly, circular and low-pollutant clay building materials were used.
So it was clear to the couple right from the start that the construction of the two holiday homes should be something special. The use of chemicals and metal in the building envelope was to be kept as low as possible. This required intensive detailed planning and research into the most biological, ecological and sustainable building materials possible.
Not only in the choice of ingredients for the care products does nkm attach great importance to regional availability and resource conservation, but also in the choice of building materials for the design of its own branches. Regional Brandenburg clay was used for the branch opening in Berlin. Walls and a counter as the heart of the branch were made entirely of clay.
The second generation of show houses currently under construction is dedicated to clay construction. In line with the publication of the new design standard DIN 18940 for load-bearing construction with clay masonry, walls are currently being built using the new ClayTec clay masonry block heavy 1850 and the earth-moist clay masonry mortar heavy.
In March 2023, the popular restaurant was renovated. The Zehntkeller was to be given a new, modern look, but the cosy and historic ambience was not to be lost in the process. CLAYTEC's ecological clay building materials were used for this project.