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LIGHTS OUT, MATE RIAL ON: DIMMING WITH TEXTILES
Day and night, seeing and concealing. Just as in nature these contrasts also play a key role in interior design. This is particularly true for a multi-functional building such as the Wälderhaus, where light control intensifies the experience. This is
why Hamburg’s newest architectural gem turned to Création Baumann when it came to textile furnishings.

Object

Wälderhaus, Hamburg, Germany

Concept

Studio Andreas Heller GmbH, Hamburg/ Henningsen GmbH & Co. KG, Heikendorf, Germany

Used products

MYSTERY, SHADOW IV -220

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Photos

Markus Dorfmüller + Markus Kröger + Johanna Klier, Hamburg

Starting point

Contrasts play a major role in interior design just as they do in nature. This applies particularly to a multi-function building such as the Wälderhaus (the “House in the Forest” science centre, exhibition venue, hotel and restaurant in Hamburg), where the light control system exerts a crucial effect on the value of the experience. The architectural structure of the building carries daylight to different areas, offering a fascinating interplay between light and dark, as we might experience inside a rough block of wood.

Solution

Here, textiles contribute to the interplay between light and darkness: they offer protection from the sun, but still allow light to pass into the offi ce areas; they provide blackout in event and conference rooms, as well as improving the acoustics. They also allow users to control the incidence of light individually.
 

THREE QUESTIONS FOR ANDREAS HELLER, ARCHITECT OF THE WÄLDERHAUS IN HAMBURG

It is light and dark that makes the forest attractive. What is the significance / importance of this when it comes to the architecture of the Wälderhaus?

The architecture of the building refracts the daylight on to different areas. Just as in a rough block of wood, they provide a fascinating interplay between light and dark. The specially designed LED lights in the communal and dining areas pick up the forest theme. The 150 or so glass elements suspended from the ceiling are reminiscent of drops of resin.

Where and how do textiles contribute to the interplay between light and dark?

They offer protection from the sun while at the same time transmitting light in the offices, allow dimming in event and seminar rooms and also achieve improved acoustics. In addition, they enable the user to control the lighting individually. The curtains, composed of several colours, form not least a subtle response to the exposed concrete in the event rooms.

What were the factors that made you turn to Création Baumann?

Our technical requirements were met by Création Baumann and verified by test certificates. Thanks to their impressively diverse and carefully developed range of colours we were able to bring the fabric used completely in line with our design concept.