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Open space Discover and design

Room to breathe Researchers into free space make progress Hawa Student Award 2010


Working rooms by Google Working in other spheres


You and your open space One may well expect a lot of a Swiss manufacturer of high-quality sliding hardware. But hardly contemplations on the topic of open space. We do, however, contemplate open space every time we develop a new product or make improvements to an existing product. Open space is a fitness room for the mind. It is where ideas are born, where we live out our creativity, a romping place for ideas and ­decisions. Open space is often the launch pad for developments and success stories. It is a healthy habit to withdraw from the hectic of everyday life into one’s inner open space, to utilise it and enjoy it. Striking a balance b ­ etween openness and retreat makes for a happier life. The same applies to «space» in the architectural context. We want people to be able to open and close rooms effortlessly with simple ease, regardless of the space conditions. Therefore: open yourself and your space, close yourself and your space – and allow yourself the liberty to decide when and where. With regard to the development of perfect sliding hardware for architectural space – that is a task we will be happy to deal with.

Topic Researchers into free space make progress Room to breathe: Central Park, New York An entirely private free space Google – working in other spheres Reside, live, be, moved, liberated Goal, time and discipline

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Projects Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre, London House J, Pforzheim

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Know-how Gregor and Heinz Haab Managing Directors Hawa AG Sliding Hardware Systems

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Planned to the last detail: converting Casa Sott Pare  Hawa Student Award 2010 HAWA-Antea 50-80/VF: One set of shelves – many sliding doors HAWA-Concepta 25/30/50 and HAWA-Junior 120/B: Sliding solutions for the bathroom Product News Agenda, Personal

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The old house … … and its new sliding door

The private garden Enzo Enea interprets the owner’s lifestyle


Hawa Student Award 2010 Free space for budding talents


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In 1999 TIME Magazine elected a physicist as «Man of the Century»: Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955)

Her children’s book «Heidi» was translated into more than fifty languages: Johanna Spyri (1827 – 1901)

Switzerland – a small free space for great ideas

The first Nobel Peace Prize was awarded in 1901 to the founder of the Red Cross: Henry Dunant (1828 – 1910)

Left behind indelible traces as a painter, sculptor, architect and designer: Max Bill (1908 – 1994)

World fame through wax figures: Marie Grosholtz Tussaud (1761 – 1850)

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Researchers into free space make progress Human free space exists in our ability to practice self-perception and self-development. This applies to the individual and to society. Someone who discovers his own free space is setting off to a journey.

Some people would never walk on the moon without a space suit. Most people will never walk on it at all, even with or without a space suit. There are people who would never take a walk in space even though it never rains there. But there are people who take a bath in the evening and wander off into space whilst ­doing so, or quickly improve world affairs whilst making coffee, expand a business’ premises whilst drinking it or sketch out a floor plan sitting in a train. Thinking is free and no one can prevent another from rambling at l­eisure through their free space. Perhaps Neil Armstrong walked on the moon in the 1950s whilst taking a bath and without a space suit weighing 86 kg.

the human brain. Tired people find it hard to think. Any corporation wanting to promote ­innovation and efficiency will do well by creating a working environment that is refreshing, ­inspirational, motivational and whets the appetite for more.

A romping ground for ideas

Physical free space

Anyone who has discovered their power of imagination, their inner space will soon realise what they are capable of. Creativity, courage, a zest for life. Exploring one’s own inner space is to think outside the box, to grow as a person. This free space is a romping ground for visions and ideas – without barriers as it only takes place inside one’s own thoughts. But it is often the starting point for families, societies or corporations to set off for new departures. It gives person­alities room to develop in families and societies. It is a source of innovation in corporations: the power of imagination is a production factor.

Someone whose brain is dominated by strong negative physical impulses is unlikely to undertake creative journeys. Ice-cold water in the bath, a back that continuously sends an SOS to the brain because an office chair is making life difficult, a dark or suffocating work place... In contrast, the positive physical im-

Free space as a carefree area A certain relaxed and carefree approach is nonetheless an important precondition for ­allowing one’s thoughts to wander. We can only develop if we are at liberty to laugh – both at a situation and at ourselves. However, inner free space is not without limits. Its boundaries are defined by the capacity of

Mental free space It takes courage putting new ideas into words. A corporate philosophy hoping to benefit from ideas will permit questions and criticism. It will motivate employees not to withhold ­unconventional ideas and suggestions. Nine out of ten ideas floating around in free space may be useless, but the tenth could be decisive.

pulses emitted by a work place should extend far beyond a comfortable chair, inspiring ­colours and materials or a well-functioning ­infrastructure. The size and design of the rooms are pivotal factors: large, bright rooms encourage large, bright ideas; fresh air encourages fresh ideas; good acoustics support concentrated and undisturbed working and thinking. Changing working rooms every now and then avoids stagnation in routines and the impression of standing still.

Flexible rooms, flexible minds Spatial flexibility supports mental flexibility, ­dynamic rooms enable dynamic work. Opening and closing windows, doors and walls ­creates transparency and transmissibility, both of which in turn encourage mutual inspiration among employees. Sliding partition walls and doors create free spaces, especially when space is otherwise at a premium. And setting off for new horizons with a smile on one’s lips whilst taking a bath is all the e ­ asier when one’s private space is just as flexible and liberating.

The unobstructed working atmosphere

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Room to breathe 342 hectares of space; 25 million visitors per year; 275 species of birds; 13,537 new friendships; 26,000 trees; 9,000 park benches; 2.1 million songs hummed, sung and whistled; 1,743 marriage ­proposals; 93 kilometres of pathways; 21 playgrounds; 4.9 billion ­happy laughs; 2.3 litres of teardrops; 46,221 reconcilliations; 7 fountains; 791 billion deep breaths; 51 sculptures; 23,675 outbursts and 45,337 departures; 28,356 great ideas; 1 fantastic free space: 1 Central Park, New York.

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Central Park is often referred to as «New York’s green lung». The city’s citizens decided to treat themselves to the recreational area exactly 150 years ago. Landscape architects had ten years in which to design the park. They created waterways and lakes, detonated 166 tons of dynamite to shift thousands of tons of granite, moved 1.9 million cubic metres of earth and lowered the few roads running through the park to make them invisible to the its visitors – a brilliant idea from today’s viewpoint.

Over the course of time the apartment blocks surrounding the park grew ever higher, as did the price of living in one of them. Entrepreneurs have tried time and again to build on the green isle but always to no avail as the New Yorkers have so far successfully averted each attempt. 500,000 people flocked to the park to hear the legendary charity concert given in its aid by Simon and Garfunkel in 1981. The citizens of the city that never sleeps protect their own world where they find room to breathe. The city’s green – and in winter sometimes white –

oasis offers room for relaxation. Be it in «Shakespeare’s Garden», where only plants mentioned in Shakespeare’s pieces bloom. Or «Cleopatra’s Needle», a 3,000-year-old Egyptian obelisk. Or perhaps at the bronze statue of Hans Christian Andersen, where children’s ­stories are read out during the summer. Or at «Turtle Island», a newly created island in Belvedere Lake where turtles lay their eggs in the sand. The Central Park at the heart of the concrete jungle is a free space where life is created.

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An entirely private free space A private garden is to the individual what Central Park is to the public: a screened and very private piece of free space in which to breathe out and relax. Gardens are an interpretation of lifestyles, says garden designer Enzo Enea, who designs gardens for clients in Switzerland and the USA. What is a garden? A garden is living room. Just the same as the interior rooms of a house. Our challenge is to find the ideal design for this living room to ­enable the best possible utilisation of the land.

What criteria do you apply? The architecture and purpose of the building to which the garden belongs, for instance, need careful consideration, as do the garden’s location and geographical alignment. The customer is the most important of all ­aspects. He is the one we want to get to know: who he is, what phase of life is he in. The c ­ ustomer shows us his lifestyle and we interpret it, give it the shape of a garden, so to speak.

How should the relationship be between house and garden? House and garden should represent a symbiosis. We pay attention to how the house is ­furnished, how its inhabitants access the ­garden, how they utilise the space and so on. We then fine-tune the elements so that the garden represents a continuation of the ­interior. Our new show park will give an impression of the variety of materials and plants as of the middle of this year.

Do your customers in Florida have different expectations and ideas to those in Europe? Everyone is unique. It is not a question of ­nationality. Differences apply more with regard to climate conditions. The selection of plants in Florida is completely different.

Can a garden be confining? Yes, if it is wrongly structured. But an abundance of plants doesn’t necessarily have to be confining. A garden with mature trees can have a cosy design that is more c ­ lose and ­cohesive than spacious and open. However, we always turn a garden into a space that is beneficial instead of confining.

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What does free space mean to you? To me, free space means the opportunity to develop. And inspiration. Through everything I see, taste, smell and touch.

Perhaps thoughts can blossom without people: a private garden designed by Enzo Enea in the Swiss canton of Ticino.

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Working in other spheres Work rooms are functional, businesslike, usually furnished to the point, in brief: purposeful. There are some companies in the IT sector, however, who take a different approach and design their workrooms as places for recreation and relaxation. For instance Google in Zurich.

The Internet multinational’s largest centre outside of the USA is designed as a large common room. The lounges have an oriental flair, whilst the conference room is located in a kind of igloo, where staff can withdraw to the silence of a virtual Arctic. «A desk is not mandatory for creating good ideas», says a convinced Matthias Meyer, spokesperson for Google Switzerland «The ability to change the workplace and play a game of pool can stimulate innovation.

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The rooms encourage staff to exchange ideas and support our principle of flat hierarchies. Google offers its staff the freedom to determine their own working hours and objectives.» The Zurich office was designed by architect Camenzind Evolution based on input from Google staff: aquariums bubble in the relaxation room whilst soft music lulls its occupants. The actual «break room» itself is hardly any different to the work rooms and has the

flair of an ancient English library with an artificial fireplace boldly contrasted by a pool table and tabletop football. The work and break rooms at Google flow seamlessly into one another. Google’s basic objective is, however, the same as that of most cor­porations who design their work and break rooms as contrasts: to liberate the thoughts of their employees to enable them to tune back into the important issues: what the customer needs and wants.

Google in Zurich: work rooms designed as break rooms.

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Free space is room to change. Working people suddenly become ­pianists, horticulturalists, ­tennis stars, educational experts, dressage riders, music experts, fashion designers, men of letters, gourmet cooks, IT freaks, artists, comedians …

Integrated living and working is a dream shared by many. The reality of free enterprise, however, allows only very few the freedom to design their workday as they please. The rhythm of work in most professions, sectors and functions is dictated by machines, the weather, opening hours or the cycle of customers. A good employee will put his needs and wants in second place as he knows that the customer comes first. In his private life he, too, adopts the role of customer many times over and expects his needs and wants to take preference. The needs and wants of customers and employees are often compatible. A good employer will do his best to do justice to both. But in the end it is always the customer who comes first.

are becoming ever more sedentary, expanding cities and compact housing increase our longing for fresh air and expanse. Even if our own four walls are designed as an unusual oasis – they are still walls and therefore boundaries.

Living in free space

Smartphone and laptop

Corporate objectives take second place when an employee finishes work for the day. He can create room for development and enjoy space in which to move; he does what an acrobat does up on the high wire: he finds his balance. He equalises and finds equilibrium and harmony in the family and his hobbies, with friends and in sport. The greatest free space we can enjoy is nature itself. Jobs that

External space conditions are one thing, ­interior space is something else. Interior free space should be free from worries. And from potential worry-makers such as smartphones and laptops. Switching off at the right time is often an acquired art. And often mandatory. This is the paradox we face: free room is also a limitation. And limitations can be very liberating.

Room to change Anyone living in their own house or apartment can significantly increase the available free space with cleverly placed room partitioners or space-saving sliding solutions. In an ideal scenario they can open up onto the outside world to reveal a terrace, garden or courtyard. Prospective tenants keep aspects such as hobbies and free space in mind when viewing apartments to let.

In their professional capacity they are a market partner of Hawa AG; the choice of their private free space is also representative of power and energy:

«Freedom to me means being able to switch off after a stressful day at work. The method that works best for me is strength training at the gym. I find it relatively easy to escape from everyday life for an hour or two when I am there.» Steffen Schelb, Head of Product Management & International Project Sales, Häfele Japan K.K., Tokyo

«Curving down the mountainside on my snowboard with sun in my face and heavy metal in my ears – that is what gives me the perfect feeling of freedom that I seek as often as I can. To me, freedom is letting my feelings run free in natural surroundings.» Rune Klemetsen, Sales Manager, Denorma Krone AS, Oslo

«I find freedom in the mountains. I discover many things there, including things about myself. I often go to green parks to go jogging. Then I don’t have to worry about anything else. I also gain free room when professional and private projects take shape and I feel myself growing with them.» Marcelo Szlifman, Director at Herrajes San Martín, Buenos Aires

«My free space should be understood literally: to experience and discover free space whilst walking through natural surroundings. ­Experiencing my own physical movement and natural impressions such as weather, air, scents gives me the greatest possible freedom of thought.» Michael Nusser, Architect and Managing Director at Frick Krüger Nusser Plan2 GmbH, Munich slide No. 4  13

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Goal, time and discipline The largest space of all is the future. It lies ahead of us, for instance in the shape of the internet. The extent to which the internet liberates its users is, however, a different kettle of fish. It is most certainly a useful instrument when used wisely.

The future is very much present as far as the internet is concerned: today, 95 of every 100 youths navigate their way through cyberspace. They chat, search for information and provide their own answer to the question of their fledgling identity by creating a positive «profile», an image displayed in the virtual world in social networks such as Facebook or on their own websites.

Public space Are these profiles credible? Empirical studies show that intentional false testimony is rare, which is why some personnel managers like to practice network research. With a little ­experience they can see from a profile ­whether a person’s self-assessment is more or less credible: anyone calling ­themselves a «perfecktionisst» will not get the job. However, the internet also offers its users the liberty to navigate through parallel worlds such as «Second Life» or ­chatrooms with an adopted identity. The opportunity to maintain anonymity leads many to reveal things about their character that they would otherwise ­perhaps deny. The use of online self-help groups in particular shows that the inhibition threshold with regard to political, societal or peronal matters is lower on the internet. The way young people in particular maintain their ­social lives in the free space of the ­internet is a ­ stonishingly innocent – or naive. Two «employees» work around the clock in the virtual showroom at ­Hawa AG: the HAWA-Productfinder and the HAWA-Systemplanner. 14  slide No. 4

Economic space The data highway has also accelerated commerce across the globe. Someone sitting in Tokyo in the middle of the night can book a flight from Rome to Sochi in Russia, or buy a cow in Switzerland with no problem whatsoever. The new data highway takes the customer directly to the manufacturer – circumventing the retail trade. In contrast: the travel agent in Rome and the cattlemarket in the Swiss town of Ilanz are losing customers. E-commerce is particularly successful with ­regard to consumer goods. However, contact between customer and specialist retailers

space is, however, often more difficult than from the world of thought. Many who simply wanted to «quickly» look something up often capsize in the flood of information. The internet is a paradoxon: free space that can both capture and unleash its users.

Room to manoeuvre Anyone reluctant to get caught up needs a goal, a time limit and discipline. Competence in handling search engines is useful, whilst bookmarks are often like clothes: we have wardrobes full of them but only use a few. Once again, less is more. Under certain cir-

«The internet is the collective world of thought and is as limitless as that of the individual.» r­ emains of pivotal importance in conjunction with a broad range of products that have ­numerous customised uses and require explanatory or advisory support. The manufacturers of these products use the internet as an information and communication platform.

Information space The internet is like a collective world of thought and is as virtual, deficient and limitless as the world of thought of the individual. People drift off into both worlds on journeys of discovery. Returning to reality from cyber-

The HAWA-Productfinder knows every single Hawa product ­including its dimensions, details, design versions and potential ­uses, as well as international sales partners and reference lists – in short: it knows every-

cumstances it might be better to have one browser for business and another for private use, each with its own set of bookmarks to maintain clear boundaries. Websites that lead the user specifically and intuitively to relevant, up-to-date information and products should be the preferred choice. After all, quality, clarity and design say a lot about a company and its products or services. And they are what have to stand the test of time in real, everyday life. Whether it is a journey to Sochi, a Swiss cow or a sliding hardware system from Hawa AG.

thing. The HAWA-Systemplanner enables the user to configure ­sliding solutions online. The tool leads the user through the menu click by click, asking specific questions about the parameters for a sliding solution: what kind

of a system, folding or stacking, left or right hand, guides or no guides, materials, dimensions, etc. The result is a customised sliding or folding system that is finally constructed in the virtual showroom – in animated 3-D.

Ironic truth: the term «World Wide Web» promises a big, wide world but has actually made it smaller. Today, you can check in at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris and report back on the sunny weather in Dallas via Skype in just a few hours.

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Wooden sliding doors allow a number of rooms to function as spaces for group meetings or a place for withdrawal with just a few movements.

The pavilion of emotions

«Would you mind going out into the cor­ridor? We still have so many patients waiting», said the doctor after he had just informed Maggie Keswick Jencks in 1993 that she had cancer. During the remaining 18 months of her life the architect designed the first Maggie’s Centre for cancer patients. Maggie’s in London is one of 14 centres around the world that belong to the foundation of the same name. The concept is the ­same everywhere: a bright and life-embracing oasis of well-being for cancer patients, built in close proximity to a large hospital but screened from its clinical character. Maggie’s in London measures 370 m2, a small advice centre open to one and all where people feel at home because they enter as people and not patients. A kitchen, common area and a light-filled courtyard form the heart of the ­pavilion.

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Wooden sliding doors enable a number of rooms to be used for group meetings or as a space to withdraw. There is a massage room, a small library and a relaxation room. The rooms on the first floor are open and complemented by roof terraces. Warm materials ­create a corresponding atmosphere throughout the building.

Reading, resting, crying, being The hospital next door is, as many others are, part of a health-care industry with a focus on efficiency. Maggie’s, however, wants to be beautiful and thus beneficial, not least through its liberating architecure. People who come here can feel safe and appreciated, enjoy a cup of tea, read, rest, get advice, lose their ­inhibitions, encounter others, and cry. All in keeping with what Maggie Keswick Jencks, for whom every second was worth living, would have wanted.

Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre, London

Project: Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre Location: London Country: UK Architect: Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, London Realization: ROK, UK Building owner: Maggie’s Centres, Charity Hawa systems: HAWA-Junior 80/B HAWA-Junior 120/B Intention: Sliding doors Quantity: 6 Material: Wood Awards: RIBA Stirling Prize 2009 RIBA London Building of the Year RICS London Award in 2 categories

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Architects bank on flexible folding and sliding shutters where large-area, storey-high privacy and sun screens are required.

Cubed space

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Creating space is still possible even when the plot of land is long and narrow: House J in Pforzheim is a split-level house with a partial courtyard and room-high folding elements in the windows and sunscreen area.

opted for folding and sliding elements. They slide alongside the window front at an angle of 90° and take up very little of the façade area. One has the feeling of being outside when the system is open.

Rooms that appear generous and airy are also achievable in a drawn-out, oblong building – as demonstrated here by the design company responsible for this private house. Virtually every window designed by the architects stretches from floor to ceiling to bring sufficient light into the long rooms of the two-storey building. Conventional shutters as window and sun screens were out of the question as one would want to see light when the windows are open, not the rear sides of opened shutter panels. The architects therefore

Inside and outside, up and down The horizontal lamellas of the façade were adopted for the shutter design so that both storeys seem to form an abstract cube when the shutters are closed. The frames of the 20 shutters are made of galvanised steel; they glide quietly, gently and reliably on HAWAFrontfold 20 folding and sliding hardware made in Switzerland. The HAWA-Frontfold 20 can support wood and aluminium shutter elements weighing up

House J, Pforzheim In contrast to conventional shutters, folding and sliding ­shutter designs can accommodate ­virtually any number of panels and do hardly not need any façade area for the panels to the left and right of the window.

to 20 kg and is suitable for a shutter thickness of up to 36 mm. The folding sections are fitted to the top tracks and guide channels via pivot bearings, which allow the shutters to be installed without the use of hinges and ­independently of the embrasures. Accessibility for adjusting the height is equally as convenient.

Quiet running properties HAWA-Frontfold 20 was chosen for House J in particular because of its smooth and quiet running properties. The hardware is available with a spring or snap catch. The shutters snap into place automatically when closed and are held firmly in place. The inside is then on the inside again – and the outside is on the outside.

Project: Location: Country: Architect: Realization: Building owner: Hawa system: Intention: Quantity: Material:

House J Pforzheim Germany as Planungsgesellschaft, Pforzheim A. Blank GmbH & Co., Lustenau Private HAWA-Frontfold 20 Folding sliding shutters each with 2 x 4 elements on the left and 2 x 6 elements on the right 4 Galvanised steel frame with wooden lamellas

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The history of the house remains visible without 足demanding that the inhabitants 足forego comfort and a modern living 足ambience.

Intensive cooperation between interior designer and cabinet maker

«Planned to the last detail.» A house at the centre of Soglio in Swiss Bergell, uninhabited for a hundred years; a local cabinet maker and an interior designer four hours’ drive away in Baselbiet: conditions that place a certain restraint on room for manoeuvre with regard to cooperation. Planning is everything.

Joinery owner Bruno Clalüna from Bondo in Switzerland usually makes furniture that appear old. He and his 25 employees work mainly for interior designers from the valley or for clients on the other side of the Maloja Pass in Upper Engadine. «We usually deal with the realisation of new fixtures in a traditonal style.» However, Clalüna found himself facing new challenges when he was appointed to renovate Casa Sott ­Pare 31 at the heart of Soglio, which belongs to the community of Bregaglia. The house had been uninhabited for a hundred years and the interior architect, Christian Speck, came from Baselbiet, more than four hours drive away. Speck presented his plans in the autumn of 2007: modern, high-precision fixtures as a complement and contrast to the ancient substance of the building. «Every little detail was sketched, every last screw and piece of hardware predefined», recalls Clalüna. «This was a new situation for us, but one that also made some of the work a little easier.»

A house, not a museum Nobody knows how old the house is. Interior architect Christian Speck suspects it has ­existed in the condition he found it in prior to renovation since the 18th century. It was inhabited but for a short period of time, after which it served as a barn and storage building. A local villager started renovating the

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Christian Speck’s goal: to maintain as much substance as possible and to complement it with contemporary fittings without ­turning the house ­into a museum. house a few years earlier and had installed a roof terrace, among other things. But then he sold the house to its current owners who, with the help of Christian Speck, wanted to make it their new home. Not one wall in the house was straight, the requirements of the local preservation authority were strict and the stairwells were narrow. «However, I did not want to turn the house into a museum», says the interior designer. He decided to maintain as much substance as possible and to supplement it with contemporary f­ixtures and fittings.

Local tradesmen Christian Speck had to start from scratch: the old house had never had any heating, let alone heat insulation. Guest rooms and bedrooms were therefore fitted with wall panels with integrated wall heating backed up by ­permeable insulation. Speck had the stonework of the external walls coated with a limebased insulating rendering. This ensured that the moisture balance of the walls continued to function despite insulation and panelling. With but a few exceptions, Christian Speck employed local tradesmen for each task: «I wanted a cabinet maker who could work with wood from the valley. Apart from that, the huge distance between the house and the companies I normally work with left me no other choice.»

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Together in the workshop The interior architect was in Soglio every ­Monday to Wednesday to accompany the work on site. His cooperation with Bruno ­Clalüna was correspondingly tight. The cabinet maker found it a positive experience: «Manufacturing the fixtures and fittings presented us with ongoing challenges.» Christian Speck was able to fall back on his long-standing experience with joinery work: «I know exactly what is and what is not ­fea­sible.» He often found himself in Clalüna’s ­workshop in the neighbouring village of ­Bondo to demonstrate his ideas on how a piece should be produced. «We learnt a lot during this time and the work was very ­interesting», says Bruno Clalüna.

Specifications here, room to play there The architect granted the cabinet maker free rein in other areas, for instance when ­selecting the right boards for the wooden flooring. Clalüna’s knowledge of the suitability of local woods from the valley was important to him, emphasises Chris­tian Speck. Once Clalüna had located suitable materials he put corresponding samples together and discussed width and thickness with the interior designer. However, the architect’s ­requirements were once again strict when it came to connecting the fixtures to the ­uneven walls.

Sliding doors are not necessarily a traditonal fixture in a Bergell house. But they help relieving space problems. Christian Speck installed a sliding door between bedroom and ­bathroom in Casa Sott Pare 31. It glides smoothly and quietly on HAWA-Junior 80/Z sliding hardware. P ­ articular features: adjustable in height ( ± 4 mm) and at the sides; two-point suspension; track stop with adjustable ­retention force: ideal for wooden sliding doors up to 80 kg.

Six nestled rooms on 134 m2, narrow staircases, uneven walls, many requirements from the ­preservation authorities: the ideal si­tuation to make use of a sliding door. Cabinet making on site «We usually equalise unevenness with slats», says Clalüna. Christian Speck, however, had a vison of precisely fitted furniture. This meant the cabinet maker had to alter his working methods: only a part of the furniture could be prefabricated by the team in the workshop; much of the work had to be completed on site. The majority of the frame for the kitchen cabinet, for instance, was built by the joiners directly inside the room; they then measured it up and manufactured the ­drawers and doors in the workshop. Working inside the house was, however, not always easy: «There was not much space as the house is so narrow».

Old and new in harmony The interior architect was insistent, the cabinet maker skilled and flexible, and cooperation intensive – the result is compelling: the ­interplay between the historic and the new ­elements in the house works well. History ­remains visible without demanding that the ­inhabitants forego comfort and a modern ­living ambience. 134 m2 of area have gained in size. Only the stairs remain as steep and narrow as they have been for centuries. But that is intentional: the owners are pensioners who want to stay fit.

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Hawa Student Award 2010 A jury of five renowned Swiss architects convened on 15 January 2010 to judge the work submitted by young designers participating in the first Hawa Student Award. Four projects received an award in acknowledgement of their innovative room concepts with sliding solutions.


«inter pares»

A strong connection to nature is central to the project «900MY». The house is built of natural materials from the region and has a green roof which allows it to blend harmoniously with its surroundings. A wooden construction determines the external shape while ­sliding e ­ lements divide the interior space into as many as eight rooms.

A number of spatial frame elements allow the occupants of this holiday home to make rooms larger or smaller. Moving them creates a customised floor plan adjusted to suit specific requirements. The room situation can therefore be adjusted to accommodate ­different ­users. The central kitchen and adjacent bathroom are the only rooms that form a fixed unit.

Blaz Hartman Fakulteta za arhitekturo, Univerza v Ljubljani in Ljubljana

Daniel Fuchs and Simon Mühlebach ETH Zürich in Zurich

Sponsorship award for budding talents

Future-oriented room concepts

4 equal winners

Hawa AG launched the first Hawa Student Award for young designers on the subject of «The Changeable House» across Switzerland in August 2009. The awards are presented every two years with a changing focus on ­architecture and design and come with prize money totalling 12,000 Swiss Francs.

The fundamental principles behind the task are the flowing borders of room forms as a consequence of increasing mobility and a growing tendency towards location-independent work activities. People who are used to flexibility and mobility in all areas of life also ­appreciate functionality and versatility in their living space. The first Hawa Student Award 2010 embraces this statement of the future: students of architecture were called on to de­ velop innovative room concepts with sliding ­solutions using the example of a holiday home.

When assessing the work submitted by the students, the jury set particular store on a ­harmonious overall concept with innovative approaches to sliding solutions and high ­aesthetic quality.

Hawa’s first presentation of the sponsorship award offered students of architecture the ­opportunity to develop their vision of new room forms and to have them assessed.

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The award-winning projects prove how ­dynamic and multi-functional future dwellings and living areas can be. And they indicate how future architects make use of sliding ­solutions with playful relish to design movable and moving rooms.



The three-storey holiday home has two movable ceilings that enable the rooms to be used for different purposes. When open they create room areas with an abundance of height and ­galleries that vertically connect the storeys. The floors and balustrades slide out to create extra space as needed or to separate the two storeys.

The wooden pavilion consists of a hull and sails and is reminiscent of a boat. A single sliding partition wall offers three different methods of changing the room: it can separate the kitchen from the living/dining area, divide the room into two separate halves or completely close off the bathroom/toilet area.

Franziska Flückiger and Kevin Jans HSLU, Engineering & Architecture in Lucerne

Léo Collomb and Max Collomb Accademia di architettura di Mendrisio, USI

The Jury Panel of experts: Marianne Burkhalter, architect BSA/SWB Andrea Deplazes, architect ETH/BSA, jury chairman Axel Fickert, architect ETH/SIA/BSA Niklaus Graber, architect ETH/BSA/SIA Dominique Salathé, architect ETH/BSA/SIA

Award judges: Heinz Haab and Anke Deutschenbaur, Hawa AG

Details of the competition are available in German, French and Italian at under Hawa Student Award 2010 in the News section.

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HAWA-Antea 50-80/VF

One set of shelves – many sliding doors They should run smoothly in front of the cabinet body, have a stylish appearance, be made of wood or glass or a combination of the two. No screws should be visible, no plinths, no ceiling connection joints. But one should be able to feel how robust they are. They should be easy to install, a few parts put together with little effort. The demands placed on a sliding door system are discerning.

This quantum leap has a name: HAWA-Antea 50-80/VF. The new sliding ­hardware system has a modular design and opens the door to innovative ideas for inte­ resting ­cabinet front designs using mixed ­materials. A distance of just 30 mm to floor and ceiling impressively emphasises the ­design of each door across the entire sur­-

face. A safe, form-fitting patch suspension system with optional but recommendable alignment hardware largely prevents glass front elements from bending. The covering screen on top tracks and guide channels are plain anodised and can be adapted to harmonise with any colour design. And: it simply clips ­into place, job done.

Installing the HAWA-Antea 50-80/VF could not be easier. The top tracks and guide ­channels are fitted from the front to one or more assembled cabinet bodies. Wooden doors fit into place with no need for tools, and height adjustments to the trolley are made quickly and easily from the side. The

Design option 1:

Design option 2:

Glass patch suspension. Appears puristic and light.

The classic horizontal profile. Stylish and classy.

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optional soft closing system fits discreetly to the top of the cabinet and is readily ­ac­cessible. The patent-pending glazing ­principle centres the glass in vertical frame profiles and prevents silicone from oozing out of the sides. I­ntelligent and simple to the very last joint – the new HAWA-­Antea 50-80/VF.

HAWA-Antea 50-80/VF: one system for many designs. – Four glass design options combinable with wooden sliding doors – Glass doors 8 mm toughened safety glass (TSG) up to 4 m2 and up to 80 kg – Wooden doors 19 – 28 mm thick – Door width 800 – 1500 mm

– Door height up to 2600 mm – Only 30 mm distance to floor and ceiling – Glass and wood door sets available ­individually – Optional alignment hardware available for glass and wood doors – Selection of door handles and lengths made by Hawa

Design option 3:

Design option 4:

The frame look. For unadorned elegance.

The classic vertical frame profile. A fine slim-line appearance.

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HAWA-Concepta 25/30/50

Simply beautiful functionality The more versatile a room is, the better. This is perhaps especially true of the bathroom in view of its growing significance as a wellness oasis. The pivot/slide-in hardware system HAWA-Concepta 25/30/50 is ideal for applications in multi-functional bathrooms.

The HAWA-Concepta 25/30/50 is designed to pivot flush-mounted doors made of wood (19 to 50 mm) or glass (toughened safety glass TSG, 8 mm) and weighing up to 50 kg by 90 degrees with a rotary motion and then slide them into a recess. The ­lateral recess width for a door thickness of up to 30 mm is just 55 mm. Sophisticated, maintenance-free scissor technology prevents doors from jamming. The trolleys run effortlessly and guide channels are unnecessary.

wed into place. This method makes it easier to manufacture and transport prefabricated furniture sections, thus keeping installers ­happy and adding value to serial production. Only an Allen key is needed to complete the final assembly. Adjustments are made from the front; readjustments are unnecessary. The modular design of the all-glass solution enables four design options with the same hardware system thanks to vertical profiles and a number of ­different handle designs.

Unsurpassed simplicity

Many functions, little effort

The developers placed an emphasis on making installation as simple as possible. The sets for the left and right door panel are identical. The pivot/slide-in doors are placed on assembly trestles and connected to the intermediate panel; drill holes are only needed for positioning and for fitting the concealed hinges. The entire assembly is then positioned in the recess and the intermediate panel scre-

Excessively developed functionality is always part of a good design – as with the HAWAConcepta 25/30/50. The occupants should have access to as many functions as possible with very little manual effort. This principle ­applies not only to devices and furniture, but increasingly to entire rooms that can be ­partitioned, combined or even realigned. Greater functionality is simply more beautiful.

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Whether for furniture or room partitions in the kitchen, laundry, bathroom or home ­office, for walk-in storage solutions or ­room-high covers in front of recesses: HAWA-Concepta 25/30/50 is the first choice.

HAWA-Junior 120/B

Award-winning functionality A loft like a glacier, a bath like a boulder – architect Gus Wüstemann has created an unusual and very functional apartment in the historic centre of Lucerne. The fact that the bathroom appears light and airy despite its symbolism is not least thanks to the use of a sliding door.

The lightness Gus Wüstemann achieves with his structures and consistent application of colour is carried over into the room design, where he hides functional necessities. The bathroom in ­Lucerne is a prime example: it opens up to both the sleeping and living areas, depending on whim or weekday.

is equipped with a ­HAWA-Junior 120/B and can be opened or closed, partially or completely, to reflect the time of day – infinitely adjustable ­intimacy. A suspension system ­discreetly integrated in the ­suspension profile enables a ­minimum installation height and the sliding door to reach up to the ceiling with virtually no gap at all.

Gus Wüstemann has utilised a sliding door as the decisive interface for a ­ ligning and metering openness and intimacy. The door

The design award «The Best Swiss Bathroom» for 2009 was presented to the lightweight «boulder».

«Intimacy is variable, the room always changeable.» Gus Wüstemann, architect, Zurich

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Product News

Changes to product names

HAWA-Junior 80

Quality certificates

HAWA-Purolino 80

New names, same proven quality

New drill hole for the top track

Well classed one and all

Popular stainless steel effect

In some countries the rights to the names Infront, Mixfront and Vorfront are not owned by Hawa. These products will therefore be known by the following new names as of 1 January 2010:

As of 1 April 2010 all top tracks for all HAWA-Junior 80 sliding hardware systems will have an ­additional countersunk drill hole. The article numbers and prices will remain unchanged.

Many Hawa AG products already bear the Seal of Quality issued

HAWA-208 40-70/IF

The additional countersunk drill hole will enable installers to ­secure the top track also with M5 countersunk screws or with 4.5 mm pressboard screws.

The HAWA-Purolino 80 is popular. The new dsign hardware whose suspension and running technology are completely integrated in the top track, was introduced just over a year ago and was well received by our partners. Its vertical sealing profiles and their rubber seals are of particular interest.

instead of HAWA-208 Infront 40/70

HAWA-209 40-70/MF instead of HAWA-209 Mixfront 40/70

HAWA-210 50-70/VF instead of HAWA-210 Vorfront 50/70 The names have already been changed in the HAWA-Productfinder; modifications to printed matter are onging. HAWA-210 50-70/VF will be ­replaced by the HAWA-­Antea 50-80/VF for glass, wood and wood/glass sliding doors on a rolling basis over the next two years.

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Countersunk screws will be supplied free of charge with the ­assembly set for wall-mounting the HAWA-Junior 80 (article number 17786) as well as with the HAWA-SoundEx (article number 19589) as of 1 April 2010.

by the Landesgewerbeanstalt Bayern (LGA) in Nuremberg. The details of product tesing on existing and new quality certificates have been adapted to reflect international customer requirements. They are now available separately for every certified Hawa system and can be found at under Certificates in the HAWA-Productfinder. The classification key pursuant to testing standard EN1527:1998 now provides differentiated ­information on the test results achieved and therefore on product quality. All certified Hawa products have fulfilled the highest test demands and achieved the best possible classification. Hawa AG subjects its products to continuous testing within the scope of a monitoring contract and submits applications for new products to be certified on an ­ongoing basis.

The high-quality variants are proving particularly popular. The top track variant with the stainless steel effect accounts for more than a third of all deliveries, whilst the cover cap variant designed in die-cast galvanised steel has already overtaken the less expensive plastic variant. The top track profile of the HAWA-Purolino 80 is suitable for fitting to walls and ceilings and ­also for integration in to the ceiling. The integrated variant conceals the track profile, which makes the doors appear weightless and the rooms larger.



Nordbygg 2010 Scandinavia’s most important construction and real estate trade show.

23. – 26.3.10

Stockholm International Fairs Sweden


Hall C, Stand 09-21

24. – 27.3.10

Messezentrum Nuremberg Germany


Hall 4, Stand 123

fensterbau frontale 2010 International trade show with around 1,200 exhibitors for technology and components, machines and service providers for windows, doors and façades.

«I work at Hawa because the company offers its employees a challenging and exciting working environment.»

Project Qatar 2010 International trade show for construction technology, building materials and environmental technology.

12. – 15.4.10


Qatar International Exhibition Centre, Doha, Qatar Hall 1, Stand O120

­ ational Sales D N ­ irector at Hawa Americas Inc. in Dallas, Texas, in September 2009. The 46-yearold not only has a bachelor degree in mechanical engineering but is also experienced in the fields of business and personnel administration and in marketing and sales. His goal is to increase Hawa’s brand awareness across the USA from the company’s base in the greater Dallas area. Keith Duckett adds: «We want to further strengthen the awareness in our market segment with regard to how the advantages of Hawa’s high-quality sliding solutions set them apart from technologically less sophisiticated and less expensive products.»

Legal notice Magazine for Architecture, Design, Retail, Trade SLIDE, No. 4, march 2010, is published twice per year Published by/copyright Hawa AG Sliding Hardware Systems, CH-8932 Mettmenstetten,, subject to modification Project ­responsibility Rolf Arnold, Anke Deutschenbaur, Doris Hug Concept/ Editing/Design Basel West, CH-4012 Basel; Editors: Willi Näf, Roland Schäfli, Reto ­Westermann; Design: Thomas Aerni; Lithography: Yvette Bolliger Printed by ea Druck + Verlag AG, CH-8840 Einsiedeln Languages/Circulation German 5,500, French 2,000, English 2,500 Picture credits Page 1: NASA – digital version Corbis/Specter; Page 2: Frédéric Giger; Pages 2, 10, 11: Google Zürich; Pages 3, 20 – 23: Christian Speck; Pages 3, 8, 9: Martin Rütschi; Page 4: Arthur Sasse/Corbis/Specter, Keystone, Hulton Archive, Specter RDB; Pages 6, 7: Cameron Davidson/Corbis/Specter; Page 15: Art Zone/Corbis/Specter; Pages 16, 17: Morley von Sternberg; Pages 18, 19: as Planungsgesellschaft; Page 29: Bruno Helbling; Page 30: Marc Eggimann/Frédéric Giger Article No. 22044

Keith Duckett was appointed


The Texan finds it very easy to identify with his Swiss employer: «The sliding hardware systems made by Hawa AG are of outstanding quality.»

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Hawa sliding hardware: open for unlimited convenience.

You can afford to lean back a little more if you have a partner who thinks on their feet. Hawa AG has for many decades not only practiced the art of thinking on its feet, but also of thinking ahead and reflective thinking. After all, innovation has a long tradition in our department for research and development. And that is why we are able to provide you today with sliding hardware solutions for virtually any situation, application, dimension and location. Convenience starts at Hawa AG, CH-8932 Mettmenstetten, Switzerland, Tel. +41 44 767 91 91, Fax +41 44 767 91 78,

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