February 9, 2024

Masaryčka building in Prague to highlight the city as a global business hub

The Masaryčka building, a landmark by Zaha Hadid Architects, stands tall to reshape the urban landscape of Prague. Spanning 28,000 square meters, this office and retail development comprises seven stories in the eastern section and nine stories in the western end, accommodating the growing corporate sector while adhering to contemporary working patterns.

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Henning Larsen Wins Competition to Reimagine Prague Central Station

Henning Larsen has just won a competition to redesign Prague Central Station, Nový Hlavák. The project aims to reconnect the historic central station and terminal hall with Vrchlického Sady Park, serving as a welcoming gateway to Prague. Shaping the city’s landscape, the initiative hopes to contribute to a more sustainable and livable Prague.

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Ground breaking Budapest Nyugati railway station   

International architecture practice Grimshaw, has been awarded first place in the competition for the renewal of Budapest Nyugati railway station. The winning design, in collaboration with Nautes Architects, WSP, Vogt and Turner & Townsend, was selected, as part of an anonymous competition, from a shortlist of 12 internationally recognised teams.

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The Promise of Tomorrow: 10 Buildings Reshaping Poland’s Cultural Identity

A nation’s identity is intimately tied to its physical environment. Through ever-changing economics, political reform and social movements, it is cities that shape and reflect our shared values. Few places does the built environment illustrate radical cultural transformation like in Poland. Forged through a complex and tumultuous history, Polish architecture has risen amongst wartime destruction, shifting national boundaries and a long journey to independence.

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The Czech Lanterns: MVRDV to design flexible extensions to Vaclav Havel Airport Prague

The design extends Terminal 1 of Václav Havel Airport Prague with new buildings for a central security facility of the airport’s security area, business and VIP lounges and a vertiport. On the other side of the airport loop road, another building will contain a hotel, conference centre, and parking facilities. These sustainable, hybrid structures offer the airport a great deal of flexibility to easily accommodate any future expansion or rearrangement.

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The construction of the Stockerka project from the Proxenta investment group has been officially started

The construction of the Stockerka project from the Proxenta investment group has been officially started, YIMBA.sk reports. After projects in the centre of Bratislava, the developer decided to build a residential complex in the Devínska Nová Ves district.

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LAUFEN

The personality of the highly traditional Swiss brand LAUFEN reflects a harmonious blend of design, quality, and functionality. As a premium brand, LAUFEN stands as one of the TOP bathroom manufacturers.

Kampmann

Kampmann was founded in 1972 in the North West of Germany. With entrepreneurial vision and a constant desire of innovation, it has become an international player in the HVAC industry.
Its sustainable climate systems for heating, cooling and ventilation adopt a leading position in various market segments today.
With headquarters and own R&D Centre in Germany, Kampmann forms a group of leading HVAC companies distributing all over the world, including Europe, Asia, Russia, China, Middle East and North America.
About 900 people are working within the Group.
The key competence of Kampmann is the development and production of visually refined, custom-made, project-based solutions, especially in the segment of trench units.
The manufacturer’s Katherm trench technology offers options that allow to condition the room with regards to temperature (heating/cooling), fresh air supply, low noise levels and energy consumption to create a comfortable indoor climate in an architectionally discrete and aesthetic way.

GranitiFiandre

GranitiFiandre S.p.A., is a company belonging to Iris Ceramica Group, leading manufacturer of high range porcelain stoneware. GranitiFiandre has a presence in over 110 countries throughout the world with a wide choice of solutions for floors and coverings which range from the contract to the wellness and residential industry, and from the medical to the leisure industry, responding to all building and living requirements. GranitiFiandre, through the Fiandre Architectural Surfaces brand, continued with undeniable success along a path marked by new goals to reach, consolidating its business in all the markets acquired over the years. Its commitment is based on over 50 years’ history, during which quality, skill and innovation went hand in hand, bringing the company into a predominant market position. Constant updating of the technological tools available to the company is what enables it to best protect the environment from the harmful effects of industrialisation, always focusing on new opportunities.

Horning Bentzon Rako

HORNING was founded in 1929 and is based on fine craftsmanship which plays a vital role in the company’s values and business goals. We offer a wide range of solid floors in Oak, Ash, Douglas in a large variety of exotic wood species.
Quality and sustainability are defining characteristics of the company. We are driven by the values of UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. We are CE, FSC and have achieved Eurofins Gold Certification.
Among our many notable project references are the airports in Copenhagen, Stockholm, Bergen, Venice, Amman and the new airport in Olso, the National Museum of Oslo, the National Library in Madrid and not least the famous building of Arne Jacobsen – Aarhus City Hall – installed in 1939 and still in use.

Solid wood floors that last for generations is HORNINGs trademark.

“We are pleased sponsor the upcoming Architecture and Design Network Summit. It is a natural step stone of our global interaction with prominent peers in the business. We look forward to meet new contacts and to elaborate on design and sustainability elements of new projects.

Undoubtably this event will present an interesting platform to present the core competences of HORNING to relevant decision makers and influencers in the industry.

“It is essential for us to keep on informing about of our Floors for Generations concept as solid wood flooring in many aspects supports the sustainable drivers wihich are so important for future generations.” Peter Vissing, CEO and Partner of HORNING.

Czech RAKO ceramic tiles are known all over the world

LASSELSBERGER, s. r.o. is a company manufacturing and selling ceramic tiles under the RAKO trademark, boasting a tradition of nearly 140 years. Long-standing know-how, innovative technologies, the use of modern knowledge in the sector and a comprehensive tile selection, including construction chemistry, rank LASSELSBERGER, s.r.o. alongside Europe´s major manufacturers of ceramic tiling materials.

The attractiveness of products going under the RAKO trademark is augmented by the company´s wide-ranging supply of ceramic products used in housing construction. Demanding object and highly-developed system solutions using ceramic tiling are complemented by a wide range of construction chemicals.

Bentzon Carpets

Concentrating on quality and an exceptional product differentiation Bentzon Carpets have created one of the leading productions of exclusive woven carpets.

Bentzon Carpets has retained traditional weaving methods even though the carpets of today are manufactured on advanced high-technology looms ensuring a uniform production with the possibility of many different structures. A large part of our domestic products are made of pure new wool of the best quality, while contract products are produced of the latest developed generations in polyamide or in 80/20 wool/polyamide.

Bentzon Carpets has established a strong position on the contract market, where the carpets are installed in high traffic areas such as shops, offices, cinemas, airports, libraries and hotels. The range of colours and patterns is large and we concentrate on manufacturing products after a Scandinavian minimalistic design. These products are characterised by a long lasting quality and easy maintenance.

DELIUS

At home in the contract market DELIUS offers the suitable concept for every kind of project: flame-retardant blackout fabrics and sheers as well as furnishing and upholstery fabrics in differing designs. These give a suitable well-feeling atmosphere to hotels, restaurants, shops, cinemas, theatres, offices, schools and kindergartens.

In order to meet the highest quality requirements the product developments are subjected to numerous technical tests. Independent testing institutes examine and confirm the excellent properties – for example the quality of flame retardent fabrics for contract use world wide.

In addition to high fabric quality, innovative designs, creative colour compositions and practical functionality set the standard for our products.

Fatra

Fatra is Czech producer of homogeneous and heterogeneous PVC flooring in rolls and tiles. As a major plastics processing company founded in 1935, we export to more than 50 countries. Due to modern technologies and over 1200 qualified employees we bring high quality products on the market such as PVC rolls and tiles LINO Fatra, luxury vinyl tiles Thermofix, Imperio and floating vinyl floors with click system WELL-click, FatraClick and RS-click. Our products are designed for residential and commercial buildings, schools, hospitals and light industrial buildings. Our manufacturing processes are set for zero-waste production. With phthalates free production recipe we bring high quality and durable products with modern design.

‘ We look forward to attend at the upcoming Architecture and Design Network Summit. The future lies in seizing opportunities which this summit certainly is. Getting to know new potential future business partners is pleasant occasion. I consider every meeting as a opportunity to get quality and valuable feedback on our products and direction that our company is going in. I believe that this event will be beneficial for all visitors and create a lot of new business partnerships. The main reason why Fatra exists is to bring quality to human lives. So we do hope that the we will have opportunity to show or let others to experience the Czech quality of vinyl flooring.’

Quarella

Q.R.B.G. S.r.l., an Italian company, is the proud owner of the Quarella brand which has been a leader in the production and marketing of marble and quartz engineered stone since 1965.

Innovators from the beginning, over the years Quarella has developed a technological capacity that makes our products a reference point for the whole market.

In line with the latest design trends we offer a wide range of products, finishes and solutions for numerous applications including flooring, wall cladding, benchtops, interior design solutions and constructive elements.

We are specialized both in large scale project and distribution segments where our extensive worldwide presence, long standing experience and dedicated technical support make us market leaders.

PERGO

Pergo is the inventor of laminate flooring and designs durable flooring solutions for 40 years. Today we are proud to offer one of the most comprehensive product ranges for commercial projects worldwide. Innovative thinking, inhouse design and own manufacturing have broadened our portfolio to wood parquet, vinyl, laminate and the full range of accessories. Flooring runs in the family as Pergo is part of Mohawk Industries, world’s leading producer and distributor of quality commercial flooring, with a heritage of craftsmanship that spans more than 130 years. Caring for the environment has always played a central role in everything we do. As a testament to our efforts, Pergo was the first flooring manufacturer ever to achieve the official Nordic Ecolabel, the Green Swan. Through our parent company UNILIN, Pergo flooring is also the first to receive the European Ecolabel for laminate flooring, along with other certificates and quality requirements. www.pergo.com/professionals

EGGER Group

The EGGER Group is one of the world’s leading wood processing companies. The family-owned company, founded in 1961, today produces a comprehensive range of coreboards made of wood-based materials (chipboard, OSB and MDF boards) at 19 locations. Most of the base materials are upgraded with on-trend decors and surfaces.

For 25 years now, our architect advisors have been supporting interior designers and planners throughout Europe with the best service. They provide solid specialist knowledge and advice on all aspects of use concerning our products. It is, therefore, natural for us to lend our support to an important industry event such as the Architecture and Design Network Summit.

Balsan

BALSAN BRAND HISTORY

For more than three centuries, Balsan has been a key player in textile design. Originating from a Manufacture Royale, then bought by Pierre Balsan in 1857, the French company maintains entrepreneurship and desire to innovate. His audacity led Louis Balsan to import the tuft technique in France, a technique that is still widely used today by manufacturers of textile floorings. In 2006, due to its rapid expansion, Balsan joined the Belgian Belgotex International group.

Proud of its Berry origins, Balsan has two industrial sites located in the heart of a prestige natural environment near Châteauroux, which is perfectly preserved. Forerunner of sustainable development, the company multiplies its actions to preserve its natural environment: zero landfill waste, partnership with the ONF, use of Econyl® yarn, activated sludge water plant, waste recovery.

With a surface area of ​​45,000 sqm, the Arthon manufacturing site is dedicated to the manufacture of wide width carpets, while the Neuvy-Saint-Sépulcre site specializes in the manufacture of planks and carpet tiles. This 100% Made in France manufacturing creates colorful carpets with a strong creative potential, for Office, Hotel and Home.

Balsan offers its know-how in France and worldwide. The company relies on the skills of its 250 employees and generates an annual turnover of nearly 70 million euros, 45% of which comes from exports.

Balsan’s philosophy is to think of the floor as a true means of expression on its own. Balsan exploits the creative potential of carpet through colors: the true DNA of the company.

The company is also committed to supporting young artists by setting up partnerships with French and International Design Schools (Dare Your Dreams®) or by organizing exhibitions for young designers (Marta Bakowski and Laureline Galliot).

B / iconic pieces

Our iconic collections: French Couture, Mix-Up and Macro-Micro (Peak to Marble)

French Couture: https://www.balsan.com/content/collection-french-couture

Inspired by Haute Couture, Balsan offers a new collection of exceptional coating, dedicated to the world hospitality and office. The most noble materials and the most sophisticated techniques are composed of these precious textile coatings. The tones harmonize with the walls, the reliefs create hand-stiched effects for a resolutely Couture collection spirit.

Mix Up: https://www.balsan.com/content/collection-mix-planks

Balsan is unveiling its own Mix and Match trend :“Mix-Up”, a new collection of modular carpets, serving creativity and personalization.

Mix impressions, effets, colors invent patterns. Create a graphic effect, an explosive shock or more serenely, enhance

the shades. The goal is to express the unique personality of the place, to embody

the client’s company’s image. An artistic exercise that transcends any creator!

26 references available, modular, planks, or both mixed together.

Peak to Marble: https://www.balsan.com/content/collection-peak-marble-macro-micro-0

The Macro Micro concept is an inspiring style exercise that plays on three perspectives: Scope (top of the mountains), Vision (facing the purity of the marble) and Zoom (the heart of the material). Balsan is once again developing its Macro Micro concept by taking inspiration from the mineral world with its new Peak to Marble collection.

Available in six mineral colors, with touches of vivid and subtle colors, Peak to Marble is complementary with the Pilote2 tile collection. This collection opens the field of possibilities by playing on structures and design.

 

Ideal Standard

For over 100 years, Ideal Standard’s mission has been one of Innovation and Design to make life better for our customers. We can look back on a proud history of pioneering innovation that truly shaped the industry. And a strong design heritage working with the Master Designers of their era who helped elevate Ideal Standard into the Culture of Design. Partnering up with renowned Italian design studio Palomba Serafini Associati in 2018, we mark the beginning of a new era. An era of Innovation and Design that meets the needs of our customers and the demands of modern life. We look forward to continuing our journey of shaping the future of modern living. A journey we are on together – with our customers, our partners and our employees. Together for Better

Earch

Earch.cz is an independent online magazine dedicated to architecture. Since 2002, it has educated its readers on architecture, design, urbanism, and related fields in the Czech Republic and beyond.

Trimo

Trimo is one of Europe’s leading companies offering complete building envelope solutions in the area of fire resistant and innovative, flexible, aesthetical, functional and energy-efficient façade, roof, rainscreen, backing wall and modular space solutions.
Established in 1961, the company’s excellent reputation for innovation, quality and customer support continues to impress as new markets and new opportunities are explored.
Expert knowledge, sustainability, reliability and a focus on the future are all basic components that have taken Trimo around the world. Today Trimo sells its building envelope systems and services under its own brand across more than 100 countries worldwide with more than 55 million m2 facades and roofs sold to more than 20 thousand customers and partners. It has established a sales network in more than 30 countries and has production facilities in Slovenia and Serbia. Portfolio of their partners includes companies such as Airbus, London Heathrow Airport, Nestle, Philips, DHL, Lidl, Porsche, IKEA, Prologis, Mercedes Benz, Coca Cola and many others.
Trimo dress code is unique architecture – their products are manufactured with a product formula that is optimized for customer needs, building segment and a specific location. Specific product formulas were developed for data centre, warehouse, renovation, backing wall and flat roof solutions and they continue to create even more by following markets´ needs.

Lafarge

Lafarge has been operating in Poland since 1995. Currently, we employ nearly 1,500 people in almost 50 plants. We are part of the global Holcim Group.

Lafarge in Poland produces innovative and sustainable construction solutions. The basis for their creation is the production of cement, aggregates and concrete – basic raw materials for the production of building materials. While running our business, we implement a sustainable development policy defined in four pillars: climate, circular economy, water and nature, as well as people and communities. We combine industrial activity with respect for employees, our neighbors and the natural environment.

SCAN 3D

SCAN 3D is a global company that provides services at the highest level and with the greatest precision. We offer comprehensive and innovative measuring solutions in 3D technology around the world. We use the newest measuring systems, specialized software, knowledge and experience of our engineers. We work with research centers in Poland to develop new and improved measuring systems and solve the most difficult projects.

We use our 3D measuring solutions by scanning:

architecture, engineering structures and historic buildings;

industry – industrial installations, recreation of 3D documentation of pipelines, structures and equipments;

underground installations using GPR;

museum exhibits for digitization purposes.

Scan 3D company has been on the market for 5 years. We have branches in Warsaw, Kraków, Wrocław and Oslo, and our headquarters are located in the north of Poland, right next to Gdynia. We mainly deal with laser scanning and the use of point clouds for further studies. We create, among others, digital twins, high-performance MESH models, virtual walks. We use the latest technologies and we are happy to implement new solutions to work. Our company is made up of experienced and qualified engineers and architects. We are open to cooperation and willing to take on new challenges!

Aluminium Duffel

Aluminium Duffel is a reliable and creative partner for architects and the construction industry as a whole.

We listen actively to your project needs and bring over 75 years of experience to the table.

Together we work out the best solution!

In Warsaw we present 55HX® aluminium, our premium alloy for modern architecture, a result of Aluminium Duffel’s legacy of innovations.

Aluminium’s durable, non-combustible and lightweight yet high-strength properties make it a popular construction material.

However only 55HX® alloy is uniquely suited for decorative panels for entire building façades because it is designed to combine excellent flatness while allowing creative sculpting.

Iconic building façade projects around the world feature 55HX® aluminium in perforated or deep-drawn designs.

In addition, 55HX® aluminium’s consistent high surface quality is enhanced by natural anodization and colorations are available in wide variety.

Anodisation of 55HX® aluminium increases weather resistance while maintaining its aluminium metal sheen with unparalleled color uniformity for a perfect façade.

For more info, go to https://aluminiumduffel.com/architecture/ 

Weitzer Parquet

Weitzer Parquet, as the core brand of the Weitzer Group, is Austria’s market leader in the manufacture and sale of parquet floors and wooden stairs. The family business, founded in 1831, is one of the leading parquet manufacturers in Europe and sells its quality products worldwide. The group of companies is an employer for several hundred people.

Production takes place at the Weiz and Güssing (AT) and Turopolje (CRO) sites. Outside of Austria, only the ranges for large projects or commercial customers are produced and these locations primarily serve to secure high-quality raw materials such as oak wood in the long term.

Weitzer Parquet is represented in more than 60 countries worldwide by qualified sales partners. Since March 2020, Weitzer Parkett has been operating an outlet in Hungary to serve the local market.

Weitzer Parkett only uses wood from sustainable forestry. Most of the wood comes from a regional radius of 250 kilometers. Tropical wood has been completely avoided for more than a decade. 

GROHE

GROHE is a distinguished global brand, embodying a legacy of groundbreaking design and pioneering innovations in the realm of sanitary fittings. With a reputation built on precision engineering and aesthetic elegance, GROHE’s portfolio encompasses an extensive range of bathroom taps, showers, shower heads, and kitchen mixer taps, all curated to cater to diverse interior styles and budgets.
At the heart of GROHE’s design ethos is the fusion of form and functionality, exemplified by its BAU Cosmopolitan E and Euroeco Cosmopolitan E electronic faucets series. These touchless faucets manifest GROHE’s commitment to sleek, modern design coupled with state-of-the-art technology. The precise infra-red sensors for bidirectional communication not only facilitate easy monitoring, configuration, and servicing but also augment the hygiene and user experience by minimizing physical contact.
A hallmark of GROHE’s ingenuity is its battery-powered feature, employing CR-P2 lithium batteries in these faucets, ensuring a remarkable battery life of about seven years with an average of 150 actuations daily. This innovation significantly simplifies the installation process while endorsing environmental sustainability through water conservation, thanks to the GROHE EcoJoy technology.
GROHE continually endeavors to push the boundaries of design and technology, providing architects and homeowners with products that are not only visually appealing but also embody a forward-thinking approach to modern living. The brand’s design-centric innovations render it an esteemed choice among architects, reflecting a modern aesthetic allure harmoniously intertwined with cutting-edge technological advancements

Sedus

Sedus Stoll AG, head office in Dogern (district of Waldshut), is one of the leading full-range
suppliers of office furniture and work place concepts. Sedus develops, produces and distributes
high quality furniture “Made in Germany”. The company is an established brand and has nine
subsidiaries in Europe and Dubai, and is present in more than 70 other countries worldwide.
Being an office furniture expert and engineering pioneer, Sedus has raised the bar again and
again in its 150-year company history – particularly in the fields of ergonomics, design and
sustainability.
The company developed standards that gained importance on a global scale.
Sedus is synonymous with innovation, technology and aesthetics and keeps contributing to the
“office environment” with new product ideas and contemporary concepts.
Sedus turns its attention especially to current trends and changes in the office world. New
forms of working and organisational structures demand flexible, aesthetic furnishing and
customised solutions facilitating movement and communication, with a special focus on
employee health.
The Sedus Stoll Group closed the 2022 fiscal year with sales of more than EUR 238 million and
has more than 1000 employees

Geze

GEZE is a well-known German brand, whose history dates back to 1863. We are one of the world’s recognized producers of door and window fittings systems and security technologies. GEZE offers a wide range of products such as automatic doors, door technology, glass fittings, smoke and heat extraction devices (SHEV), security and building management systems, window technology and ventilation devices. We also design and implement non-standard solutions based on individual customer requirements, such as revolving doors or all-glass systems, which can be found in many prestigious buildings around the world.
As a company shaping the market and leading in the field of innovation, GEZE produces technologically advanced products, primarily caring for the comfort and safety of users. In this way, we influence the continuous development of equipment technology and solutions for intelligent buildings.
We support our clients throughout the entire life cycle of a building – from its concept and design, through construction, to everyday use. We offer not only the best products and solutions, but also full design support and BIM modeling, as well as professional assembly and maintenance services.

3A Composites GmbH

3A Composites GmbH has developed manufactured and marketed high-quality aluminium composite panels, structural composite material, plastic sheets and lightweight foam boards for architecture, visual communication and transport & industry markets since 1969. The company’s famous brands ALUCOBOND, DIBOND, ALUCORE, KAPA and FOREX, have established its reputation as a global company.
Following the integration of the Polycasa group in April 2015, 3A Composites GmbH has extended its product portfolio with a wide choice of plastic sheet to strengthen its position as a diverse and leading manufacturer of materials for display, building and industrial applications in Europe.
3A Composites GmbH is part of the international 3A Composites Group. The group belongs to the listed company Schweiter Technologies headquartered in Horgen, Switzerland. 3A Composites, formerly known as Alcan Composites, is an independent division of Schweiter Technologies since December 1st, 2009 and has more than 4’600 employees worldwide. In addition to the above mentioned market segments, 3A Composites focuses on wind energy and the marine market with their trademarks AIREX and BALTEK.

ALUCOBOND®️

ALUCOBOND is the world market leader for aluminium composite panels. Since their introduction on the market in 1969, these panels have been used above all in architecture and for corporate identity programmes, particularly for façades, wall and roof cladding. The panels are on the one hand outstanding due to their extreme evenness and rigidity, on the other hand they offer excellent formability with simple fabrication techniques. They are available in a large variety of colours, surfaces and formats as well as in various core variations such as a fire-retardant and a non-combustible version. With their comprehensive know-how, 3A Composites supports architects, designers and investors in designing and realizing building envelopes. The brand ALUCOBOND is produced at the 3A Composites factories in Singen, Germany, Benton in USA, Shanghai in the People‘s Republic of China and in Pune, India.

Schneider Electric

Schneider Electric is a European multinational company providing energy and automation digital solutions for efficiency and sustainability. It addresses homes, buildings, data centers, infrastructure and industries, by combining energy technologies, real-time automation, software and services