Design loves Architecture

11.08.2021

The design for the new WAGNER Design Lab combines architecture and design at the highest level. The limits of what is possible are redefined. The structure resting on slender steel stilts seems to float above the existing building, the former home of the Wagner family. Four gigantic glass panes represent the WAGNER DESING LAB. Measuring approximately 3.51 x 20 m each, they are the largest insulating glass panes in the world to date.

Setting new boundaries.
It all started with an idea: Peter and Rainer Wagner's childhood home was to be spectacularly built over. Up to now, the former residential building had served as a showroom for Wagner Living. This was to be supplemented by an object with an oversized glass façade that would float on supports at a lofty height above the existing building. Once the experimental design had been conceived, Peter Wagner did not hesitate for long, but awarded the direct contract to the architects of Titus Bernhard. Commercial construction is usually neglected, yet it can be designed with just as much dedication and conceptual approach as residential construction, Wagner realized, according to Titus Bernhard. Together with his colleague Andreas Weissenbach, he took up the challenge and designed a rectangular superstructure in steel construction, supported on slender beams. A project of superlatives, on every level: In addition to 160 tons of steel, the world's largest glass panes were installed for the extraordinary architecture - four triple insulating glasses, each measuring 3.04 x 19.21 meters. They were manufactured by the local glass finisher sedak, which has already earned its spurs in international projects such as with Norman Forster Architects for Apple. sedak developed its own machinery especially for the production of the oversized panes. The installation also demanded a great deal of skill and know-how from all those involved: fitting seven tons of glass at a lofty height was a challenge, according to Titus Bernhard.

Behind the glass panes, the WAGNER Design Lab opens up with a wide area and manages without a single supporting column. The fascination created by the architecture of the building was also to remain constant in the spacious interior. Stefan Diez, together with architects Gonzalez Haase AAS, played a key role in ensuring this: the D2 system, which the trio recently developed, structures the open, white space in matt black and divides it into showroom, work area, shelving and lounge. Based on a construction kit with profiles and connectors as well as honeycomb panels made of aluminum a sustainable complete furnishing in lightweight construction.

Adjacent to the shelving is a nine-meter-long table that leaves plenty of space for working and, with practical recesses for cable routing, also displays visually clean lines. There is also a lounge for breaks and discussions, which is slightly separated by transparent curtains. In combination with the deep alignment of the elongated room and the clear lines of the D2, exciting lines of sight are created from every perspective. Wagner employees from the marketing, design and interior design departments can thus use the WAGNER Design Lab flexibly for creative tasks of all kinds, alternating with the home office.

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