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TOP INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS GERMANY AUSTRIA’S LEGAL EXPERTS YACHTING HIGHLIGHTS DESIGN, FASHION, CULTURE & LIFESTYLE


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Discover Germany | Contents

Contents JANUARY 2015

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Detlef D! Soost Motivator, choreographer and show host Detlef D! Soost coaches kids, teenagers and adults to live a healthier lifestyle. In our star interview he reveals how dance changed his life and what we can do to get one step further to our dream body.

Smart Beauty Guide Germany What to look out for and what to be aware of when considering plastic surgery. Plus some of Germany’s most capable medical experts reveal the latest beauty industry trends and treatment options.

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Austria’s Legal Experts Finding a good lawyer can be quite a challenge. We present a fine selection of Austria’s top lawyers, ready to take care of even the most challenging legal issues.

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Dedicated to Design

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Fashion Finds Find out how the Spring/Summer 2015 designers’favourite material works in daily life.

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Product of the Month

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Culture Read all about the fitness trends for 2015, the secrets of beauty and the joy of boats. Business Our legal expert Gregor Kleinknecht about the dangers of bringing along your own devices. Plus the benefits of using an opinion data expert, translation or tutoring service.

Wine & Dine Wine expert Iris Ellmann’s picked some warming winter reds to enjoy when it is cold outside.

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Wellness and Tennis Resort of the Month Bavaria’s Tennis and WellnessGarten in Waging am See has all it takes for a great little break.

Traditional, but innovative! Fresh, crispy and tasty the bisquits from Coppenrath Feingebäck have conquered the world. 13

Attraction of the Month Probably the most unusual museum building in the world, and featuring amazing exhibitions inside, Marta Herford is no stranger to the art savvy.

Beautiful items to support a healthy lifestyle and make your new fitness regime a little more enjoyable.

Top International Schools Germany Private education is on the rise and international alternatives to the traditional German Abitur are gaining popularity. Read all about the international schools based in Germany offering a truly global education.

How to kick-start a healthy lifestyle: Find out how simple changes in your daily routine can make a big difference.

REGULARS & COLUMNS

Yachting Highlights Ever dreamt about sailing the Seven Seas? Stepping on board to be your own Captain? In our Yachting Special you will find plenty of inspiration.

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Great Architects Meet some creative masterminds and discover their amazing designs.

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Barbara Geier Our columnist Barbara Geier takes a closer look at German’s waistlines.

Hotel of the Month Thuringia’s Romantik Hotel at the Wartburg is set in a most authentic location making it a true gem in Germany’s gastronomic landscape.

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Welcome to our first issue of 2015. We hope you had a fabulous festive season and a great start to the New Year. Whatever your New Year’s resolutions are, it is definitely worth sticking to them as long as possible. To make things a little easier, our January issue is dedicated to health and fitness. Meet our cover star Detlef D! Soost: he is the man who gets the nation moving and knows all about good exercise, healthy nutrition and how to achieve the perfect body shape. In our star interview Soost happily chats about his route to success and why an efficient fitness regime starts with routine. Feeling good and happy is often based on the perception of one’s own appearance and as much as we like to achieve our goals through an active and healthy lifestyle, in some cases more drastic measures are to be considered. Our Smart Beauty Guide Germany gives some valuable insight into the world of plastic and cosmetic surgery, presenting new and minimal invasive treatments that can make a big difference. If your path to happiness includes open water and you are dreaming of cruising the oceans on a fancy boat, please take a look at our yachting theme and find out how sailing the Seven Seas can change your life forever. Another life changing decision can be the choice of the right school. If you should be one of the many parents whose offspring is due to move up the educational ladder this summer, our Top International Schools theme is certainly a great source of inspiration explaining all you need to know about the IB and the advantages of a multilingual education.

Iris Ellmann Barbara Geier Meryem Hauer Jessica Holzhausen Julika Huether Gregor Kleinknecht

But there is much more to inform and entertain you in this magazine, from the finest Austrian lawyers to the most exciting architects, from fine biscuit manufacturers the best short trip retreats we have it all covered, making sure you find what you are looking for in 2015.

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Happy NewYear 2015!

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SEB voted best Private Bank in German-speaking Europe Over 100 private banks were tested by Fuchsbriefe publishing house with IQF and risk analysis specialists Quanvest. Their conclusion in 2014 noted, “SEB Private Banking Luxembourg stands out in almost every category: in addition to brilliant advice, the competition cannot keep up in terms of either investment proposals or transparency.” Our international network of private banking offices will look after all aspects of your family finances, from daily transactions to long term investments. Its services cover everything from tailored financial management, through to helping you to optimise the legal and tax structures within which your assets are held. As one of the world’s strongest banks* and with more than 150 years of experience in private banking, we have just what it takes to ensure your future prosperity. To find out what SEB can do for your personal wealth, contact us in London or Luxembourg: Christian A. Hvamstad +44 (0) 20 7246 4307 privatebanking@seb.co.uk

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*SEB is ranked 9th in the world according to Bloomberg report June 2014

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Discover Germany | Cover Feature | Detlef D! Soost

Detlef D! Soost Germany’s Fitness Phenomenon No other coach has ever managed to motivate kids, teenagers and adults alike to live a healthier lifestyle the way he does. Motivator, choreographer and show host Detlef D! Soost was the creator of a dance infused Fitness Empire that definitely gets the nation moving.

The proverb ‘never judge a book by its cover’ does certainly not apply to our January cover star. Showcasing an absolutely perfect body, toned to perfection and with muscles in all the right places Soost almost appears supernatural. I can’t help imagining that he would certainly have made a great motif for Italian sculptor Michelangelo. With his positive attitude and a killer smile Soost instantly casts a spell on everyone in the same room.

TEXT: TINA AWTANI | PHOTOS: FRANK GERR (COVER) / DS TV

“Dance gave me strength” The son of a German mother and a Ghanaian father grew up in an orphanage in East Berlin and he vividly remembers the old times:“Don’t even get me started on the flower print wallpaper and all that. When the wall came down I was a teenager. We couldn’t wait to enter a new era, to discover the West. It was an incredibly exciting time and I am very happy that we live in a re-united Germany today.” Dance always played an important role in his life.“Dance gave me strength as an orphan and it was the foundation of my career. It almost resembles a good family home. Dance supports you, carries and guides you until you are old enough for other and new things in life,”the charismatic coach reflects. First as a background dancer, later as choreographer he has worked with over 100 national and international top acts and he is well known for hosting prime time TV shows. ”I never intended to become a fitness coach.”

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With age a few extra kilos piled up until at one point Soost noticed that his body wasn’t in such great shape any more. He was determined to change things around and opted for a healthier lifestyle including a rigorous fitness regime.“After three to four weeks you start to realise the first changes, how your body feels somehow better. Moti-

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Discover Germany | Cover Feature | Detlef D! Soost

vation kicks in all by itself, followed by the desire to achieve more. Once you reach that stage, everything becomes somehow natural and easier. All of a sudden, the people around me noticed the change and it made me simply happy. For the first time in a long while I felt truly attractive again, healthy and balanced – almost like a new person,” he remembers. It was a long and not always easy journey, but losing 40 pounds had a massive impact on his career as a side effect. “I never intended to become a fitness coach. But after my big weight loss, I knew so much about the topic, about nutrition and all the issues involved. Just naturally it jumped into my mind to combine dance and fitness and TANZ DICH FIT [dance yourself fit] was born.” The programme gained Soost incredible success and keen followers from all age groups.“I am so proud of this module, because for me and many other people it has been a door-opener to what I am today and what other people have achieved

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through it,”Soost says. Other projects include D!'s Mini Kids Club & Christian, D!'s Kids Club, D!'s Dance Club, BODYANDMIND! and D!'s Dance School to name just a few. His programme ‘10 WEEKS BODY CHANGE – I make you sexy’ has already accumulated a whopping 260,000 Facebook followers. In January, a very special treat awaits fans. Soost teamed up with ROBINSON Club Ampflwang, Austria, where he personally delivers his new BodyChange SCHLANK IM URLAUB [slim on vacation], a revolutionary holiday programme lasting either 7 or 10 days, according to preference. “Try to set a certain time for a workout” Particularly in winter it is more comfortable to slouch on the couch and enjoy unhealthy bag of crisps in front of the telly instead moving those muscles. It is hard to kickstart a new fitness regime, even if we know how good and energised our body feels afterwards. If he has a little motivational advice

up his sleeve when it comes to getting started I would like to know. “Just try to set a certain time for a workout, such as every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 7pm for instance. It is easier to remember like that. And bear in mind that healthy nutrition makes all the difference: higher performance, a stronger immune system – and faster weight loss,” he emphasises. There goes the bag of crisps I am afraid. As the interview draws to an end it turns out he does appreciate a bit of lazy time and a weekend in the Soost household is quite a casual affair. Together with his British born wife Kate Hall, Germany’s fitness phenomenon enjoys snuggling up on the sofa with the three kids while watching a Disney DVD. “We also love to take long walks in the crisp air with our dogs and we cherish a nice Yoga workout before dinner.”Hall is a successful model, singer and coach herself and the duo is often referred to as “Germany’s fittest couple”(probably raising Germany’s fittest kids right now).


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Discover Germany | Design | Dedicated to Design

Dedicated to Design... Happy New Year and congratulations to all those who are still sticking to their New Year’s Resolutions. This month’s design picks are all dedicated to supporting your new healthy lifestyle, making trivial daily moments a little bit more enjoyable. Keep going, it’s worth it!

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This new gadget is a clever little wristband that reminds you to drink plenty of water, have a little exercise break during work and much more. The AQUABAND® drink reminder comes in various designs including a Swarovski crystal version. From £39. www.aquaband.de The Kelim Terry towel range brings bright colour to the bathroom and instantly lifts the spirit. Wave goodbye to the winter greys and say hello to bold colours. From £5. www.moeve-shop.de

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After a hard workout and a hot shower it feels amazing to wrap up in a cosy robe. The möve Essential range is perfect for everyday use, featuring a sporty design and bright colours. Full of fluffiness thanks to the innovative tumbler technology – möve Comfort Finish. £95. www.moeve-shop.de Good sleep is equally important as good exercise. The Monaco 3 luxury sleep mask by janEven allows power napping in style while travelling. We love the snakeskin design fine leather model. All sleep masks are hand made in Germany. £345. www.janeven-shop.com

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Tick tock - the illuminated wall clock by PEARL is radio controlled for precision. The subtle light turns on when the sensor detects darkness, so waking up at night and figuring out what time it is becomes totally stress free. £25. www.pearl.de

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Discover Germany | Design | Fashion Finds

Fashion Finds Although we are still in deep winter, it is never to early to enjoy a little sneak preview of what designers will have in the stores for spring/summer 2015. Besides denim and 70s flower inspired themes, tulle is playing a major part in the new collections. Burberry and Christopher Kane are just two examples of many, who sent their models down the runways covered in exciting tulle creations. BY TINA AWTANI | PHOTOS: PRESS IMAGES

Hamburg based designer Soraya Azizi gained international fame for her unconventional style. Originally from Kabul she studied fashion design at the AMD Academy of Fashion and Design. Her signature style is defined by excellently executed drapings. Skirt ÂŁ308, bolero jacket ÂŁ124. www.soraya-azizi.com

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Discover Germany | Design | Fashion Finds

Subtle and sexy this sweater is perfect from office to dinner party. Dress down with a pair of denim or dress up with a pencil skirt. Relaxed feminitiy is the motto of the current Blacky Dress Berlin collection. £95. www.blackydress.de

Tulle and lace make a great pair. The beautiful creations fom Nina von C. are almost too pretty to be hidden under a dress. Bra £24, slip £10. www.ninavonc.de

Every princess needs a shiny bit of bling. The sparkling accessories by Brigitte von Boch are a very good choice for a great night out. £47. www.bevonboch.com

Another captivating look from Soraya Azizi’s new collection featuring the hot new tulle trend for S/S15. Long top £220, tulle skirt £308, trousers £260. www.soraya-azizi.com

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Product of the Month Germany

The world’s finest biscuits over six generations Since 1825 Coppenrath Feingebäck has accomplished international fame as fine family-run bakers, who are passionate about creating the most exquisite biscuits. Traditional recipes are cherished, while new creations are the company’s innovative response to changing customer’s desires. TEXT: TINA AWTANI | PHOTOS: COPPENRATH FEINGEBÄCK

Coppenrath Feingepäck is truly a people’s business, where the human being always comes first, be it in the form of staff members or clients.“Honour the old, dare to try the new”is the company motto, and every single member of the Coppenrath Feingebäck team is dedicated to accomplish this mission. Products range from classical to natural to healthy biscuits as well as a large Christmas selection.“We deliver worldwide, but we never forget our roots. We put heart and soul into our work, this is what defines us as a passionate family business and this is what sets us apart from the many anonymous multinational corporations,”managing director Andreas Coppenrath explains. Asked about the Coppenrath Feingebäck secret of success, he reveals:“Many of our specialities are still baked according to the very old original recipes, ensuring the dis-

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tinct Coppenrath taste. In addition we constantly develop new ideas and set trends in the fine baking market, to positively surprise our customers.” Germans just love the good old classics such as the“Wiener Sandringe”, the“Haselnuss Ringe”, “Butter Cookies” , "Choco Cookies”, “Friesenblätter“ or “Frankentaler“. To ensure that the unique fresh taste is enjoyable for longer, Coppenrath Feingebäck has just launched a revolutionary new packaging. The so-called “Reseal-it label” is an easily resealable lid, that makes sure that once a package is opened the content remains crisp until the very last cookie. Coppenrath Feingebäck biscuits are popular in over 60 countries and taste bud preferences differ slightly from nation to nation.

Just like the German customers, international biscuit aficionados appreciate the classics range, but a large share opts for healthy options, such as the gluten-free “Coooky“ range. The crème-filled double biscuit comes in two varieties and is perfectly suited for those battling lactose intolerance or a coeliac condition. And while all of us have just left a busy Christmas season behind us, Andreas Coppenrath and his team are already developing new exciting creations for the Christmas 2015 season. www.coppenrath-feingebaeck.de

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Discover Germany | Wine & Dine | The WineBarn Column

Warming Winter Reds from The WineBarn

2013 Estate Spaetburgunder Dry

TEXT: IRIS ELLMANN | PHOTOS: THE WINEBARN

The Christmas and NewYear festivities are now over and the cold January weather is with us – a perfect time to add some wonderful warming red wines to your cellar! And to celebrate the start of 2015 I have put together a wonderful selection of red wines from‘entry level’to‘premium’. All represent excellent value for money and have been chosen for their food matching potential. Entry Level Meyer-Naekel – Ahr 2013 ESTATE SPAETBURGUNDER DRY This wine is a traditional Pinot Noir from the Ahr region. It has a slightly earthy aroma of red berries like blackberry, blueberry and raspberry with hints of ripe cherries and strawberries. It is a smooth wine with an elegant tannin structure and good substance.This wine works well with poultry, pasta and mushrooms and is also a good companion to spiced grilled fish. Franz Keller – Baden 2011 FRANZ KELLER SPAETBURGUNDER dry The Keller vineyard produces fresh, fruity wines which are naturally fermented, rich in extracts and totally delicious. This Pinot is a dark ruby-red colour and has flavoursome fruit tones with a strong body. It is a

fabulous companion for all poultry dishes: roast duck with jus, baby chicken with truffle sauce or roast breast of pheasant; it also works well with a warming winter casserole. Mid range Aldinger – Wuerttemberg 2011 UNTERTUERKHEIMER GIPS SPAETBURGUNDER Dry The Aldinger family has been working the land in the Wuerttemberg since 1492 and has a philosophy of dry wines, low yields and the best of quality at all times. This is a very elegant, almost voluptuous wine, a fabulous example of a classy Pinot with cherry notes and good body. There is also an aroma of berries and plum. It is delicious when served with venison and veal – my favourite recipes are a rack of venison with fig crust, Pinot Noir pear and poppy seeds ceps, or a filet of veal, with wild ceps cream and potato terrine – heavenly! Premium Bercher – Baden 2009 SASBACHER LIMBURG SPATBURGUNDER dry This vineyard is family run and a member

of theVDP. In the last two decades the family has enlarged the vineyard and focused on environmentally-friendly cultivation and real attention to detail.This is a wonderfully elegant wine with delicate tannins. It works beautifully alongside strong dishes such as a roulade of rabbit stuffed with prunes, or a tapenade crusted rack of lamb. Happy Drinking! Iris

Iris Ellmann (above) is managing director at The WineBarn, an award-winning merchant of German wine based in beautiful Hampshire. The WineBarn, Clump Farm Barn, Farleigh Lane, Dummer, Hampshire RG25 2AF E-mail: iris@thewinebarn.co.uk www.thewinebarn.co.uk

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Hotel

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Romantik Hotel at the Wartburg – a place to indulge Founded over 100 years ago, the romantic hotel on Eisenach’s iconic Wartburg has become a magnet for connoisseurs with a passion for history from all over the world. Set in a most authentic location and featuring unparalleled hospitality with a local twist, The Romantik Hotel at the Wartburg is a true gem in Germany’s gastronomic landscape. TEXT: TINA AWTANI | PHOTOS: ROMANTIK HOTEL AT THE WARTURG

As the name reveals, the hotel is situated at the Wartburg, a UNESCO World Heritage site, once home to Princess Elisabeth of Hungary, as well as Martin Luther, who translated the New Testament from Greek to German while seeking shelter in the medieval walls. The festive hall is also said to have sparked inspiration for King Ludwig of Bavaria’s Neuschwanstein Castle. Stunning views over Thuringia’s forests reach as far as Hessia and people flock to catch a glimpse of the breathtaking site, where history was literally written. Thirty-seven rooms, every single one designed with great attention to historic detail, are carefully blended with modern amenities and leave nothing to desire. The Romantik

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Hotel at the Wartburg was originally established as“an inn for happy people”and indeed no one ever fails to marvel and smile when stepping in.“Our guests couldn’t be more diverse,”hotel director Jens V. Dünnbier says and he continues: “From day tourists, who take a sightseeing stroll along the Wartburg, while tasting an original Thuringian“Bratwurst”or dumpling speciality on the way, to global political leaders attending a formal state reception – everyone with a sense of fine things and cultural value picks this place as their favourite. But also music lovers, who visit the many concerts on the Wartburg, and wedding couples who wish to celebrate their big day in style, find excellent facilities here to turn a special occasion into a most wonderful memory.”The

great historic halls are bursting with character and stepping inside makes one feel a bit like the lord of the manor. But the Romantik Hotel at the Wartburg has a further special treat for guests. Chef Peter Herrmann and his team are responsible for the mouthwatering menu of the Landgrafen Stube [landgrave’s room] with its adjoining terrace. Traditional local delicacies as well as seasonal highlights are prepared with fresh local ingredients, but the ultimate culinary experience is one of Hermann’s new interpretation of historic festive banquettes once held at the Wartburg. www.wartburghotel.de


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Attraction of the Month Germany

Main image: Marta Herford museum’s unconventional facade. Photo: Helmut Claus From left: Installation view of ‘The Unfettered Gaze’. Photo: Hans Schröder Exhibition ‘The Unfettered Gaze’ at Marta Herford. Photo: Hans Schröder Sculpture by Ernesto Neto in ‘The Unfettered Gaze‘ exhibition. Photo: Hans Schröder

Unconventional throughout Soft, wavy shapes and volumes, cascading metal roofs, apparently moving red bricks – the Marta Herford Museum’s architecture in North-Rhine Westphalia is one of a kind and probably also the most unusual museum building in the world. But the unconventional ideas and the special interest in different architecture doesn’t stop outside, as an individualistic exhibition continues this tendency inside the atypical walls. TEXT: NANE STEINHOFF | PHOTOS: MARTA HERFORD MUSEUM

The exhibition “The Unfettered Gaze” showcases the work of the Rasch Brothers, who had a pioneering influence on modern architecture, despite still being rather unheard of today.To shed a light on these creative minds, the Marta Herford Museum is staging an exhibition until the first of February where visitors can experience the brothers’ achievements or look at selected work complexes with architectural models, plans and historic photos. Their early architectural designs are unique in the history of ideas of the 20th century and the Rasch brother’s visionary ideas and concepts in architecture and design made them pioneers of classic modernity and

their wish to create ‘new architecture’ was reflected in their furniture designs, floating structures and urban spatial concepts. Between 1926 and 1930, Heinz and Bodo’s collection of work included graphic works, typography, furniture design, complete interiors and also architecture. It was their suspended building constructions, their influence on container architecture or their visions for pneumatic building shells that pointed the way well beyond their time and their possibilities. Placing the diverse work of the two brothers in an illuminating relationship to more recent architectural history, the museum

presents five contemporary artists with their room-related works to show how far this "unfettering of the gaze" extends into the present. The Rasch Brothers’legacy can be noticed in daring room designs, cloud formations and free-standing constructions from new artists or can be traced back in architectural projects since the 1960s in the designs of acclaimed architects from all over the world. Marta Herford celebrates 10 years of knowledge, creativity and thinking combined with a special focus on contemporary art, architecture and design in 2015. The anniversary year will hold other unconventional and interesting exhibitions and events and the museum hopes to be able to focus on coeval trends and developments, while always being inquisitive, open and experimental. Marta Herford has just been voted ”Museum of the Year 2014” by the German division of the AICA. www.marta-herford.de

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Wellness & Tennis Resort of the Month Germany

Wellness and sport combined Unforgettable wellness days, beautiful sauna facilities, rest and reading rooms, heated beds, swimming ponds, a Japanese Zen garden with tea house, restaurants, sun terraces with panoramic views over the beautiful landscape and probably the most popular tennis camp. All of this is united in the Tennis WellnessGarten in Waging am See in Bavaria. TEXT: NANE STEINHOFF | PHOTOS: TENNIS WELLNESSGARTEN WAGING AM SEE

Only 25 kilometres from Salzburg, a resort offers absolutely everything for the mind, body and soul. A spa and wellness area with surrounding gardens is connected to a modern hotel and high-quality tennis facilities. People, who look for sport, wellness and culinary adventures during their holidays, will find their perfect destination here. Sepp Baumgartner, owner, says:“People who come to us, look for relaxation and activity at the same time.” A comprehensive sauna landscape with eight saunas invites for a top-class spa day. Individual facials, pleasant massages, spe-

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cial treatments with high-quality ingredients, meditation with the help of singing bowls or a bath with aromatic fragrance

essences in the floating Soft Pack recliner, act like a fountain of youth. Additionally, for every booked wellness treatment, a whole day in the beautiful garden is included for free. Swimming ponds, over 500 different trees, plants and flowers, candles at night and a beautiful water landscape invite to extensive relaxation. Two restaurants pamper visitors with a sundeck, beer garden, a sumptuous daily breakfast buffet and regional and international delicacies from a French gourmet chef. After a relaxing day, the Tennis Wellnessgarten’s new hotel, which opened its gates in 2014, offers everything from elegant rooms to suites.“Escape the everyday routine and inhale relaxation”– this is the motto for the stay. Fifteen modern, lovingly decorated rooms are available in the modern hotel, an oasis with a private character. The hotel with its


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Discover Germany | Wellness & Tennis Resort of the Month | Germany

generous rooms is filled with surprising details for comfort and well-being. Highlights are the fully integrated, fully glazed showers and bathrooms, the big terraces with heated beds, as well as the garden rooms with terrace and direct access to the swimming pond or the romantic rooms with whirlpool and panoramic views over the landscape.

The friendly ambience and homely feel is especially appreciated by the guests. Four hall courts with ball collecting machines, eight sandy outdoor courts and a speed measurement machine are available for effective training. Sepp Baumgartner also relies on video analysis and even offers a special course for improving mental strength.

vites guests to relax. The entry is even free for tennis camp participants and discounts are offered on special massages. Vouchers for wellness days, restaurant, shop or overnight stays can be bought online. www.wellnessgarten.de

Training with the world champion For the active ones out there, right next to the Tennis Wellnessgarten and its hotel, you can find probably the most famous tennis camp in Germany. Located in the prealpine landscapes, only 25 kilometres away from Mozart’s birthplace of Salzburg, not only the beautiful location is attracting tennis players from around the world.

Apart from the courses, which are offered all year long, small group training or individual lessons can also be given to improve condition, technique and tactics. Of course, the courts can be used for fun games in the visitors’free time too. After an exhausting tennis training, the wide range of wellness offers next door, in-

Opposite page: The WellnessGarten Hotel and the WellnessGarten with its saunas, rooms and swimming pond. Photos: Günther Standl. Main image photo: Daniel Schvarcz. Portrait: Tennis Champion Sepp Baumgartner, owner and tennis coach. Photo: Günther Standl Below left: Relax in the meditation rooms. Photo: redix.de The swimming pond. Photo: redix.de The restaurants offer many delicacies, such as beautiful desserts. Photo: Günther Standl Below right: Enjoy the broad spectrum of wellness offers. Photo: Günther Standl

Beginners to professional tennis enthusiasts want to experience the rare opportunity they can enjoy at Waging am See: personal training from none other than the German Champion of tennis instructors, the European Senior Champion, the World Champion of Ski and Tennis combination, the International German Champion and the owner of four trainer licences, Sepp Baumgartner. During week-long, full day or half day courses, courses for young ones and tennis weekends, young and old tennis enthusiasts, from hobby to tournament players, have the chance to substantially increase their know-how, to gain physical fitness and to improve their tactics and techniques. Sepp Baumgartner’s training camp is known for its high learning factor and its philosophy of creating high-quality and intensive training with fun.The team of trainers is equipped with comprehensive tournament experience and at the start of the training, a competent analysis of the tennis skills of every individual guest is conducted to take individual needs into account. Based on this, a special training concept can be developed, which fosters strengths and slowly removes weaknesses. Fun is a key component of the camp’s philosophy so that the joy in tennis grows almost all by itself in this relaxed atmosphere.

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Top 10 Fitness Trends for 2015 Push-ups, planks, lunges and squats. If you’ve recently incorporated more body weight exercises into your workout routine, you’re part of a growing trend. The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) has announced its annual fitness trend forecast based on survey responses from thousands of fitness professionals. TEXT: AMERICAN COLLEGE OF SPORTS MEDICINE | PHOTO: ANDRES RODRIGUEZ

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The full results were released in the article “Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2015: What’s Driving the Market”published in the November/December issue of ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal®. “It’s no surprise to see body weight training claiming the top spot this year,”said Walter


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Now in its ninth year, the survey was completed by more than 3,400 health and fitness professionals worldwide, many certified by ACSM, and was designed to reveal trends in various fitness environments. Thirty-nine potential trends were given as choices, and the top 20 were ranked and published by ACSM, including a new addition to last year’s list, which rose quickly to the top. The top 10 fitness trends predicted for 2015 are: 1. Body Weight Training. Body weight training uses minimal equipment making it more affordable. Not limited to just pushups and pull-ups, this trend allows people to get“back to the basics”with fitness. 2. High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). HIIT involves short bursts of activity followed by a short period of rest or recovery. These exercise programmes are usually performed in less than 30 minutes. 3. Educated and Experienced Fitness Professionals. Given the large number of organizations offering health and fitness certifications, it’s important that consumers choose professionals certified through programs that are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), such as those offered by ACSM. ACSM is one of the largest and most prestigious fitness-certification organizations in the world. 4. Strength Training. Strength training remains a central emphasis for many health clubs. Incorporating strength training is an essential part of a complete exercise programmes for all physical activity levels and genders. (The other essential components are aerobic exercise and flexibility.) R. Thompson, Ph.D., FACSM, the lead author of the survey. “These kinds of exercises provide the benefit of requiring little to no equipment and are incorporated into many fitness programmes that are currently popular.”

5. Personal Training. More and more students are majoring in kinesiology, which indicates that they are preparing themselves for careers in allied health fields such as personal training. Education, training and proper credentialing for personal trainers have become increasingly important to the

health and fitness facilities that employ them. 6. Exercise and Weight Loss. In addition to nutrition, exercise is a key component of a proper weight loss program. Health and fitness professionals who provide weight loss programmes are increasingly incorporating regular exercise and caloric restriction for better weight control in their clients. 7. Yoga. Based on ancient tradition, yoga utilizes a series of specific bodily postures practiced for health and relaxation.This includes PowerYoga,Yogalates, Bikram, Ashtanga,Vinyasa, Kripalu, Anurara, Kundalini, Sivananda and others. 8. Fitness Programs for Older Adults. As the baby boom generation ages into retirement, some of these people have more discretionary money than their younger counterparts. Therefore, many health and fitness professionals are taking the time to create age-appropriate fitness programmes to keep older adults healthy and active. 9. Functional Fitness. This is a trend toward using strength training to improve balance and ease of daily living. Functional fitness and special fitness programmes for older adults are closely related. 10. Group Personal Training. In challenging economic times, many personal trainers are offering more group training options.Training two or three people at a time makes economic sense for the trainer and the clients. The full list of top 20 trends is available in the article ”Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2015: What’s Driving the Market.” The American College of Sports Medicine is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world. More than 50,000 international, national and regional members and certified professionals are dedicated to advancing and integrating scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine.

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Aesthetic plastic surgery in Germany The president of Germany's oldest professional organisation in the field of aesthetic plastic surgery Dr Sven von Saldern takes the time to explain exactly what patients need to know, and what they should look for when choosing the correct surgeon. TEXT & PHOTOS: DGÄPC | TRANSLATION: EMMIE COLLINGE

According to the international professional organisation ISAPS, more than 650,000 aesthetic treatments were carried out in Germany in 2013, a figure which places Germany in fourth position for the number of aesthetic treatments. Germans, it transpires, have a very natural idea of beauty. Contrary to the higher ranked countries of the USA, Brazil and Mexico, Germans prefer more subtle treatments that do not immediately suggest that "work" has been done. But what's important for the regular patient to know, and what should you really be paying attention to if you opt for an aesthetic treatment?

botulinum treatments (better known as Botox) are enjoying growing popularity in Germany. Particularly exciting for us is the observation that female aesthetic plastic surgery patients are now gladly sharing stories about their treatments: around half of the female patients who are looking for a surgeon say that they know people in their close environment who have previously had treatment. It is satisfying to know that patients are under no illusions when they decide to have treatment: three quarters of all patients have the primary goal of improving the vitality of their lives.

What do patients look for? As the renowned association for professionals in this field, the DGÄPC has long been trying to contribute to a clear image of this profession. This has prompted them to regularly conduct national surveys to ascertain what Germany's aesthetic surgery patients consider important. From these we have learned that approximately every sixth aesthetic surgery patient is male and that the average age for surgery has been rising continuously for years. In 2014, female patients had an average age of 41 and the male patients were around 40 years old. Moreover, those who opt for aesthetic treatments tend to be married and well educated, with more than one third boasting a university degree. A quick glance at the most popular aesthetic plastic treatments shows us just how diverse the field is: while breast enlargements with implants remain vastly popular as they have done for years, gentle treatments such as wrinkle reduction injections also feature in the top ten. Furthermore,

What should patients be aware of? Unfortunately, even in Germany there is the chance of encountering false offerings of beauty treatments. This is why we give the following recommendation: steer clear of doctors who attempt to coerce you into an operation, claiming that the healing process is easy or the operation risk-free; similarly, avoid doctors whose prices are far below the professional average. When searching for a

suitable doctor, there are a few tips to be aware of. The surgeon's qualifications are certainly of prime importance. Germany's specialist doctors for plastic and aesthetic surgery have received an excellent and comprehensive education, and they are therefore an ideal choice for patients who are interested in an aesthetic treatment. As opposed to the unregulated title of 'cosmetic surgeon', these titles guarantee and vouch for a reliable education across the whole field of plastic surgery. Additionally, patients should check that the doctor who will perform the treatment possesses ample experience for that particular method. Professional medical societies are able to assist in the search for a qualified surgeon. Last but not least, the personal relationship between the doctor and the patient is also paramount to a successful treatment. If patients lack trust in their doctor, and struggle to share their hopes and expectations with them, then the chances of a satisfying treatment are distinctly smaller. Before undertaking a treatment there needs to be sufficient time for an extensive consultation in which the patient can outline their vision and the doctor can explain the treatment options and potential alternatives. Once you've left the consultation feeling confident and secure, then you've found the right doctor for you. Portrait: Dr. Sven von Saldern, president of the German Association for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (DGÄPC)

DGÄPC is happy to provide further information and help with finding the right doctor. Geschäftsstelle DGÄPC Bergmannstraße 102 10961 Berlin +49 (0)30 88 71 02 200 www.dgaepc.de

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Klinik am Rosental Perfection, trust and fair conditions Naturalness and authenticity meet medical specialists and optimal facilities at the specialist clinic for aesthetic plastic surgery Klinik am Rosental in Leipzig. It aims for completely satisfied patients, who feel comprehensively advised, understood and appreciated by experts while offering a broad array of services.

Other treatments include cellulite treatment, skin tightening, own hair transplants, nutrition consultation, nose, lip and ear corrections, abdominal wall lifting and many more.

TEXT: NANE STEINHOFF | PHOTOS: KLINIK AM ROSENTAL

“The personal aspiration in my daily work is to underline decently and to preserve the natural expression and the individual character of the patient. People who prefer disproportionate and mask-like results are misplaced in our clinic,” Dr. Thomas Nitzsche, head doctor of the Klinik am Rosental, says. Under the direction of Dr. med. Thomas Nitzsche and Dr. med. Markus Tränkle, who can boast many years of professional experience, the licensed private clinic have placed special emphasis on naturalness in their main medical focus – breast surgery (breast en-

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largement and breast reduction), facial surgery, liposuction and lifting operations – since their establishment opened in 2004.

Clients value the small team’s comprehensive and open consultation, as well as the professional care from the initial clinical interview to the recovery. Made up of two specialist doctors for aesthetic plastic surgery, four specialist doctors for anaesthesiology and intensive care, eleven nurses and two secretaries, the team’s philosophy is based on perfection, trust and fair conditions with the overall goal of an entirely Portraits: Dr. med. Thomas Nitzsche, specialist for plastic and aesthetic surgery (left) Dr. med. Markus Tränkle, specialist for plastic and aesthetic surgery (right)


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gether we determine the optimal treatment method. Mutual trust is especially important here,”Dr. Nitzsche says. This innovative specialist clinic consists of tastefully decorated lounging areas and treatment rooms and an ultramodern clean-air operating room. For the successful recovery process, exclusive one or two bed patient suites with one or two beds with homelike charm and big integrated bathrooms are available. Circulatory problems, feeling unwell or pain can therefore be treated effectively and immediately. A special service of hotel reservations for accompanying persons is also offered. The quiet location of the clinic and the close distance to the most beautiful park area in Leipzig, offers a great atmosphere for relaxation. It can be noticed that, as a centre for aesthetic medicine and health, everything in the clinic is about the integral wellbeing of the patients.

satisfied customer. All employees are equipped with well-founded knowledge, technical skills and a lot of experience; regular participation at national and international training guarantees medical care at the highest level.“In our clinic, patient and doctor are seen as partners because to-

Besides plastic surgery, the clinic also offers everything patients need for beauty care, relaxation, a healthy diet and fitness.“With the help of modern aesthetic plastic surgery, we are closer to the ancient desire of perfect beauty and lasting youth than ever.Thanks to a wide range of possibilities and a broad range of treatments, we now have the chance to rectify the small and large‘blemishes of nature’,”Dr. Nitzsche says. Quality is really important for the Klinik am Rosental – and that is why only breast im-

plants from the worldwide leading manufacturer, Mentor, are used. Mature testing processes, strict manufacturing standards and ongoing research builds utmost confidence in their products around the world. Both specialist doctors are members of the German Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons and the clinic can call itself ACREDIS certified. ACREDIS is the first independent consultation centre for plastic and aesthetic surgery and the mark of quality is a guarantee for the patient that the treatment and operation will be performed by a trustworthy team of specialists. Over 300 quality criteria, such as operation experience and patient satisfaction, are examined. Patient satisfaction is guaranteed at the Klinik am Rosental, as revealed by the huge amount of positive patient feedback. For example, one patient says: “What do you say to a young man, who recently estimated my age at approximately 50 years, even though I turn 70 years old very soon? Of course I feel flattered, but I stay realistic, because I really do look 10 years younger, thanks to your wrinkle treatment.The result is optimal, just as predicted in the first interview with the doctor. No mask-like face, but a natural facial expression.” Besides the good outcomes, patients appreciate the feel-good atmosphere of the comfortable clinic with its wide range of offerings, such as hairdresser and physiotherapists and the helpful and friendly staff, which are always there for their clients. www.klinik-am-rosental.de

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Dr. med. Jens Kauczok Your beauty in professional hands Cosmetic surgery is on the rise and so are the numbers of surgeons who perform face lifts, liposuctions or nose corrections. So better be sure to carefully check your doctor’s background before you entrust your health and beauty to his care. TEXT: CORDELIA MAKARTSEV | PHOTOS: DR.MED. JENS KAUCZOK

“There are a lot of black sheep without the fundamental training around in our profession,” says Dr. med. Jens Kauczok, specialist for aesthetic, plastic and reconstructive surgery. “Only a board certified specialist for plastic and aesthetic surgery has undergone the required years of qualified training.” Dr. Kauczok trained and worked for several years at the renowned University Hospital RWTH Aachen and then was senior consultant in Cologne before opening his practice in Würzburg in April 2014.“We offer the whole range of aesthetic surgery in our Würzburger premises, while concentrating on face lifts, rhinoplasty and breast augmentations. I also cooperate with a hospital in Kitzingen where I mainly perform reconstructive breast surgery.”

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Today, Dr. Kauczok is amongst the most noted and qualified cosmetic surgeons in Germany. His passion and dedication are obvious when he talks about his profession: ”Plastic surgery is a very special medical field as it is not limited to a certain body organ or part. We plastic surgeons have specific manual skills and surgical techniques which are used in cooperation with all the others surgical disciplines. The particular charm of plastic surgery lies in the large variety of techniques and possible treatments.” Needless to say that a good plastic surgeon always stays ahead of the game.“In recent years a lot of new, so-called gentle anti-aging treatments have arrived on the market. But experience has shown that new is not necessarily better and I am happy to see

that the trend is returning to more complex operations. In my opinion, the only promising new technique is the transfer of the patient’s own body fat, not only for treating wrinkles but also for breast reconstruction for aesthetic reasons or after treatment for cancer. The idea itself is not new but up until today the body disposed very quickly of fat. Thanks to a new method, 80% of the fat is now stored and the long-term results are much better.” www.kauczok.de

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Where aesthetics meet scientific research Established in 1995 and based in North Germany’s coastal city of Rostock, the Ästhetik-Klinik combines a wide range of cosmetic surgery procedures and biological beauty treatments with ground-breaking scientific research, while shaping the future of cosmetic surgery. TEXT NANE STEINHOFF | PHOTOS: ÄSTHETIK-KLINIK

“We have never regarded ourselves as a socalled ‘beauty clinic’, but as a medical facility with a special focus on medicine and aesthetics,”medical director and surgeon Dr. Weber explains.“We see the human being as a biological entity and not as an object for refurbishment,” he continues. The clinic’s medical approach and focus on scientific research instead of revenue creation, in combination with a direct practical relation to contemporary treatment strategies makes the Ästhetik-Klinik unique.“Our clients appreciate the quality of our medical advice, our honesty and openness, when deciding for or against a treatment. They cherish our interdisciplinary way of working and the overall results we achieve,”Dr. Weber says.

Key areas of the clinic’s operative business include abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), breast surgery and liposuction. In the nonsurgical sector, the clinic specialises in a new form of biological tissue regeneration, which uses the patient’s own blood plasma for anti-aging and wrinkle treatments. In 2011, the medical centre joined the International Academy for Transdermal Delivery Research e.V. and committed to further research the field of substance transmission into the skin without the use of needles. 2015 will be a very special year as the Ästhetik-Klinik Rostock celebrates its 20th anniversary.

Top: A bird’s view. Photo: Patient of Dr. Weber Middle: Lounge area. Photo: Dr. Jürgen Weber

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Portrait: Dr. Weber (middle) and his team. Photo: Jan Böhnke

‘Beauty is in best hands’ at Medical One AG Twenty-seven locations, more than 8,000 treatments per year: Germany’s leading clinic group for aesthetic and plastic surgery is placed amongst the most successful beauty clinics in Europe. Medical One seeks to accompany people on their way to more dynamics, vitality and self-confidence without exposing them to unnecessary risks. TEXT NANE STEINHOFF | PHOTOS: MEDICAL ONE

The wide service portfolio comprises almost all modern treatment methods from classical aesthetic procedures, such as surgical and non-surgical treatments of the face, body and breast, through vein treatments and losing weight with an intragastric balloon to all types of hair transplantations. “Transparency, honesty and professionalism are the fundamental values of our company,” Philip Morsbach, executive board member of the Medical One AG, says. According to Morsbach, his expert teams create attractivity and youthfulness, while

putting special emphasis on forming realistic expectations. Surreal patient requests are sometimes rejected if the aesthetic per-

ception does not allow them to be fulfilled. “An operation should never be an ad hoc decision,”Morsbach says. Medical One is one of the biggest mergings of international, experienced specialist doctors from all medical fields of aesthetic and plastic surgery in Germany. Regular training and professional development measures benefit the patients and the company stands for a consistent treatment quality of the highest level – from the first consultation to post-treatment rehabilitation. To ensure this, all clinic locations are subject to regular internal and external quality controls. Discover Germany readers receive an individual free consultation (regular price B60 ) at one of the many locations by notifying the clinic in advance about this offer. www.medical-one.de/en

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Experience 360° watersports Craving sun, wind, waves and the sea? Europe’s largest yachting and watersports fair (17 to 25 January 2015) will get you in the mood for summertime watersports fun. TEXT & PHOTOS: BOOT DÜSSELDORF

Some 1,650 exhibitors from more than 60 countries, 17 exhibition halls, 213,000 square metres of exhibition space and about 250,000 visitors from all corners of the world: boot Düsseldorf is an event of superlatives! And not just by the numbers! Presented under the roofs of its halls is the entire world of yachting and watersports. No matter whether you want to enjoy freedom on the water as a yachtsman or powerboat driver, ride the waves on your surfboard or relax in a canoe or while fishing or diving – in Düsseldorf,

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the dreams of every yachting and watersports fan come true. The entire world of watersports Nine out of a total of 17 halls at the Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre occupied by boot are dedicated to boats and yachts propelled by sails, engines or even muscle power. In a unique indoor exhibit that can’t be found under the roofs of any other trade fair, 440 shipyards, distributors and importers will show a range of altogether 1,700 boats and yachts, from canoes and dinghies to the

glamorous large yachts that make the luxury yacht hall, Hall 6, shine. Sixty gorgeous ships will be on display, including the Princess 98, a 30.12-metre-long motor yacht from the UK worth around 7 million euros. All manner of boating equipment from motors to sails, watersports apparel, a huge maritime travel market, sport diving’s largest international consumer show, and gear and accessories for trend sports such as kitesurfing, stand up paddleboarding and wakeboarding round off the trade fair’s range of offerings. An international line-up Participants from more than 60 countries ensure international brand diversity across


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many and cover nearly half of the exhibition space. Countries as diverse as Egypt and Cyprus will be represented, with the largest foreign exhibitor contingent coming from the Netherlands, followed by Italy, France and the UK. In addition to individual company stands from the various countries, key boatbuilding nations will stage country exhibits, including France, the Netherlands and Poland. Exhibiting companies will come to Düsseldorf with a plethora of premieres and advancements. Leading international shipyards will showcase their entire portfolios of models across all size and quality grades in multiple halls. Join in, try out, have fun

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And all that isn’t just there to be looked at, touched, ordered and bought – it can be tried out, too. Because“Experience 360° watersports” is more than boot Düsseldorf’s motto, it’s what’s actually happening in the exhibition halls. Twenty experience and theme worlds, including five action centres boasting indoor pools, ponds, and manmade rivers and streams, beckon visitors to experience and try out watersports upclose.

all of boot’s product worlds. Approximately 800 exhibitors will hail from outside Ger-

The Beach World in Hall 1, home to trendy sports like kitesurfing, surfing and wakeboarding, is all about youth and sports. The summertime atmosphere lets one quickly forget dreary winter days, especially when the wakeboarding installation on a water

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surface of over 1,000 square metres starts running. The boot Sailing School set up in an indoor pool lets children and grown-ups alike use Optis and dinghies to try out what sailing feels like. Wind machines will deliver the necessary breeze. At boot’s Diving Center, you can literally “dive right in” and have some fun. And a man-made river course at the World of Paddling lets you go on a short canoe tour. Cruise Pavilion to premiere Brand new at boot 2015: the Cruise Pavilion for experienced and aspiring cruise-holiday enthusiasts. Here, TUI Deutschland GmbH together with nine partner cruise lines will present once-in-a-lifetime trips, ships and routes. Bookings can be made right onsite at the TUI Booking Center. Fact is: boot Düsseldorf’s maritime travel market offers a wealth of suggestions and ideas for holidays on the water or on a “temporary boat”. Be it Croatia, Portugal or Turkey, the Balearic or the Canary Islands, the inland waters in eastern Germany or Germany’s neighbour, the Netherlands: international charter operators, travel companies and tourism associations will whisk away trade fair visitors to international holiday and travel destinations for sailors and motorboat drivers. www.boat-duesseldorf.com www.boot.de

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Experts in cruise catamarans and trimarans Ever thought about taking a time-out and to cruise the Seven Seas? Since 1993 Bremen based Captain Klaus Tietze and his cat sale crew are leading international experts in new and nearly-new catamarans and trimarans. With outstanding expertise, vendors and buyers are offered unparalleled professional service and advice. TEXT: TINA AWTANI | PHOTOS: CAT SALE

Buying a boat can be a complicated process. From the execution of contracts until a boat is handed over, many legal hurdles need to be mastered. Depending from where or to where the new ship is sailing, the ideal international sea route needs to be assessed, mooring needs to be organised and off-

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season maintenance needs to be taken into consideration too. Equally important are international insurance matters, registration or worldwide breakdown assistance. From giant container ships to sleek racing yachts, Captain Klaus Tietze has mastered them all over the decades and with more


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travel planning and most important we are still here for our clients should they encounter unforeseen technical or other issues far away from their home port.” cat sale specialises in the best performance multihulls from Europe’s most prestigious and renowned mid-sized shipyards, which differ strongly from the cheaply made mass fabricated models. Contrary to other boats multihulls are perfect for long-term cruising as they offer far more space and living comfort at anchor and at sea than standard boats. Passionate about cruising multihulls, Tietze and his skilled team know exactly what counts:“Quality, individuality and safety at sea are the key issues when it comes to picking the perfect multihull for a comfortable long-term cruising experience.” www.cat-sale.de

Main image: NEEL 45 Portrait: Captain Klaus Tietze at work Right from top: Outremer 5X Outremer 49 Life Outremer 50 S Far right: Nusa Dua tobago Cays 2

than one million sea miles under his keel (including a three year long family trip), he has more experience than most full-time cruise ship captains. But his expertise is not limited to navigation, as the father of six spent almost a decade as project manager at prestigious shipyards specialising in performance multihulls. The racing cats and the sophisticated schooners at the TALL SHIP RACES are the ones that make his heart beat a little faster. “Every journey starts with stepping on board. Our clients come from all different backgrounds, some

wish to take a sabbatical, other plan to cruise the oceans of the world without limits,” Tietze explains. And cat sale is unrivalled when it comes to good advice. “We help make the right choice, offer project management if someone decides to have his own boat built from scratch, we assist with accessories and

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Bluecraft Boats to make dreams come true Imagine the freedom of gliding over a lake’s surface, as though flying; imagine breaking through sea foam and waves. Sunlight is glistening on the water and joyful shouts of children playing at the beach sound from afar. Owning a boat for many is not only about experiencing nature or racing high speed over the water but a lifelong dream come true. And that is what Bluecraft boats have to offer.

when it comes to their engines and therefore can be used offshore as well as in nearcoastal areas. Rib boats are lighter compared to normal boats, the inner air tubes also make them more stable and harder to sink even in rough sea.

TEXT: JESSICA HOLZHAUSEN | PHOTOS: BLUECRAFT

For Frank Cymara and his colleagues at Bluecraft selling boats is more than a job: all of them are not only salesmen and -women but in their spare time are often on the water with their boats. “We want to offer our customers complete solutions that allow them to enjoy water and water sports to their fullest – like we do,” says Cymara. Every product has to fit the customer’s needs – not only according to the question of how a boat will be used but also according to the customer’s finances.“Not the size of a boat dictates how great the experience

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is when gliding over the water, it is the feeling of freedom and the possibility to see the shore and landscape from a new perspective that makes boat trips such an outstanding adventure for families.” BlueRib 540: An inflatable premium class dinghy for multiple uses One boat currently a favourite at Bluecraft is the BlueRib 540, a premium dinghy with a length of 5.4 metres and a width of 2.28 metres. Rib boats are inflatable dinghies with a solid hulk. They have better features

With 115hp the BlueRib 540 can transport up to eight people. The fuel tank contains 42 litres. Made from Orca Hypalon with a strength of 1.2 mm it is light but steady. Deluxe seating and a windshield to protect boaters and companions are essential to guarantee more comfort during a trip as much as the integrated Teleflex Safe-TQ steering. The boat can be used for fun, heading with full speed over a lake or the sea, but also for a relaxing trip through the picturesque canals in the Netherlands or along gorgeous rivers in France.


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Advice and instructions on the water are part of the service Buying a boat at Bluecraft also means getting the right advice and instruction on how to use and navigate it on the water, if that is the buyer’s wish. If needed, these test trips can be made supervised by an experienced skipper. Situated at the Lower Rhine Bluecraft lies at the doors of the Netherlands and therefore near an area that is famous for its many canals and waterways. It is part of Bluecraft’s concept that clients can not only buy boats like the BlueRib 540 but also find full service when it comes to repairing or enhancing their boats. Bluecraft also offers the possibility to rent a boat or a place to store the boat during winter. Always searching the newest developments on the market A 400 square metre sales area at Bluecraft invites for a stroll along boats – sport boats as much as fishing boats – equipment and trailers. “We often visit specialised trade fairs to be up to date with new developments in water sports because we want these new developments to become accessible for our clients as soon as possible,”

Frank Cymara says.“Flexibility is important for us and our customers. That counts as much for the purchase of a boat as for providing spare parts,” he explains further. “Our constantly changing assortment is always adjusted to our customer’s needs and wishes.” But what remains important no matter what type of boat someone buys: he or she should have a Boatmasters’ Licence and make sure the regulations in the chosen territory are known to fully enjoy what motorboats have to offer – the sun reflecting on the water surface, the wind on the skin, a fresh breeze from the sea and of course the chance to see a beautiful landscape from a unique point of view. www.bluecraft.de

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Sailing Conductors Two ordinary seamen on a worldwide quest for music Modern-day Magellans with a special mission – the book ”Sailing Conductors” tells the story of two friends who met at a sound technology course in Berlin, and decided to start an unusual expedition to collect and create unique music from across the planet. TEXT: NANE STEINHOFF | PHOTOS: DELIUS KLASING PUBLISHING HOUSE

“We were driven by the love of music and the prospect of the first beer in the next harbour,” Hannes Koch, 26-year-old ‘Sailing Conductor’, says.

song, before we sail the tape to Indonesia, where a bassist listens to it and then adds what he considers appropriate,” Hannes Koch describes.

Benjamin Schaschek (28) went to Australia to finish his studies, but soon noticed that his return flight ticket would expire before finishing his course. Instead of buying a new one, he invited Hannes to sail back to Germany with him.

Results are songs, which fuse a melody from Jamaica with a song from Thailand and a steel drum solo from Trinidad and Tobago and which unite humanity beyond political, physical and social boundaries.

Despite only having small jolly-boat and online sailing course experience, the men managed to sail around the world for (so far) three and a half years on the boat ‘Marianne’. 36 countries from Australia and Indonesia through Vietnam, India and Mozambique to Columbia and the USA were visited to record country-specific music from local artists. “For example, a guitarist in Australia starts with playing his

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The German-language book combines recordings on an audio CD and numerous QR Codes, which link to videos with humorous and astonishing insider stories about life on the world’s oceans. Eating self-caught tuna, boat battery failures or getting stuck in crocodile infested areas are only a few anecdotal examples. “The last three and a half years were a life-changing experience for me. We have experienced so much, were able to meet awesome people

and very talented musicians. We have dined with the rich, boozed with the poor and escaped pirates. I think people will often smile, shake their heads and hopefully think after reading the book: ‘I will buy myself a boat and sail around the world. If they can do it, I can do it too’,” Hannes Koch says. Also available as eBook. www.sailingconductors.com www.facebook.com/sailingconductors www.vimeo.com/sailingconductors


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Discover Germany | Business | Solicitor Column

BYOD or Not? TEXT & PHOTO: GREGOR KLEINKNECHT

The fun thing about being a lawyer is that you learn something new every day, from Rembrandt paintings to rocket science (quite literally). I am probably the last person on earth to have heard about BYOD but I am reliably informed by my children that it has something to do with computers (which equates to rocket science for me) and stands for ”Bring Your Own Device”. I am glad I never asked but no doubt BYOD will be particularly topical at this time of year, when Christmas gifts will have bestowed the latest generation of new mobile devices on many of us. The idea appears to be that, since everybody has mobile devices these days anyway, they might as well use them at work and save their employer a lot of money on IT equipment, mobile phones and subscriptions; and it presumably means, quite incidentally, that your work and private life are merged into one and you can answer work e-mails from your own smartphone, tablet or laptop 24/7. So far so good, but what are the legal implications? The potential concerns were serious enough for the CommunicationsElectronics Security Group (the information security arm of GCHQ) to issue guidance on risk management to industry. The Information Commissioner's Office also saw the need to issue specific data security guidance. Much of this has to do with the technical side of ensuring device security and of designing network architecture so as to prevent devices from accessing particularly sensitive data; but if things do go wrong, there may well be legal fall-out as well. Examples might include the risk of transmitting malicious software code from personal to corporate e-mail accounts and

of sensitive business data being stored via personal devices in less than secure environments (for example, where device data is automatically backed-up to personal cloud based accounts). Vice versa, employers are under a legal obligation to protect employees' personal data and to ensure a degree of privacy in the work environment. Most companies now issue specific BYOD policies to define clearly the best practice parameters within which they expect employees to operate their personally owned devices for work purposes. These policy documents are important for protecting both the employer and the employee and should be clearly communicated through staff training. Typically, matters that must be actively considered, but without unduly restricting the usability of devices and being too stringent, include: • understanding the industry specific legal issues – the legal responsibility for protecting other people's personal information rests with the employer as data controller, not with the device owner • limiting the information shared by devices and users • the use of technical controls through mobile device management applications • requiring authentication and ensuring that only authorised devices and users can access sensitive business and personal data • producing a list of approved devices that may be used for work purposes and providing employees with security software • checking whether corporate application licenses restrict the running of business software on personally owned devices • planning for security incidents, for example, by preserving the ability remotely to wipe sensitive data from personally

owned devices if they are lost or stolen • anticipating the need for increased device support, including remote support, and • procedures on termination of employment A positive contribution appears to me to lie in the announcement by Daimler (which made the headlines earlier this year) of a ‘Mail on Holiday’ service: the company apparently now allows its employees to autodelete all e-mails received while they are away from the office. Way to go.

Gregor Kleinknecht LLM MCIArb is a German Rechtsanwalt and English solicitor, and a partner at Hunters Solicitors, a leading law firm in Lincoln’s Inn. Hunters Solicitors, 9 New Square, Lincoln’s Inn, London WC2A 3QN, E-mail: gjk@hunters-solicitors.co.uk www.hunters-solicitors.co.uk

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Main image: Herbert Kling Below from left: Anna, Raphaela, Sandra & Alexandra

Taking research to a new height – the quick route to total market transparency Austrian market research experts meinungsraum.at are the ultimate service provider when it comes to generating valuable and precise market research data, which lay the foundation for successful business. TEXT: TINA AWTANI | PHOTOS: MEINUNGSRAUM.AT

Founded in 2007 by Herbert Kling, meinungsraum.at (opinionstudio.com) specialise in generating profound and reliable market intelligence data in the form of online market research, opinion studies and other techniques. Over 500 surveys are conducted per annum for more than 100 national and international clients in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, UK, Italy, France and the Czech Republic. Together with his dynamic team, managing director Herbert Kling develops clearly

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structured research models and delivers clients crucial findings to very specific enquiries. “During the process we use a variety of interviewing techniques, intelligently blending several methods to achieve the best possible results. We also developed some innovative interview techniques for specific target groups such as migrants,” Kling explains. Service does not stop here as clients are also given expert advice and recommendations on how to use the newly acquired data most efficiently.

Market research is a very delicate business and conditions can differ widely among regions. “Austria is a very specific market. Many companies make the mistake of applying data from surveys conducted in Germany or Switzerland,” Kling says and he warns: “Consumers have a different mentality in different regions; it is a completely unique consumer culture with deviant cultural codes.”A good and simple example is a large insurance company, which successfully sells a mobile phone insurance related product in Germany. In Austria the product launch failed. Kling and his team were asked for support; meinugnsraum.at discovered that Austrians get a free smartphone if they subscribe to a network provider. Locals simply did not see the point in insuring their smartphones. The meinungsraum.at client list reads impressively, featuring some of the biggest names in industry and even government. Most projects are focused on advertising tests, price studies, product studies, employee surveys, and website tests as well as political and social studies, but the creativity of Kling and his team has no limits. Their secret of success? Kling puts it in a nutshell:“We act fast, we deliver high quality and we are the right partner for almost any type of survey.” www.meinungsraum.at www.opinionstudio.com


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Discover Germany | Business | Alphatrad & HTL Hollabrunn

Multilingual, Multitalented TEXT JAIME SCHWARTZ | PHOTOS: ALPHATRAD

Alphatrad, part of Optilingua group, has provided an array of professional translation services for over thirty-five years. Founded in France, this cleverly named company,“Alpha”being the first letter of the Greek alphabet and “trad” short for the french word “traduction,” works with over 3,500 specialists in more than 100 languages. The firm's three main branches are located in Germany, Austria and Switzerland with additional European offices. Their large network of native translators ensures that clients get the best person for the job.“All of our translators understand the nuances of language and culture very well,”says Strategic Director for Europe Daniel Sommerlade.“Most specialize in specific areas such as medicine, law, or engineering which makes our team unique.”

Precision is an important element of translation work and is essential in order to communicate the intricacies of one language into another. The company offers varied services in technical and medical translations, translations of websites, proofreading, and audio transcriptions, among others. The differing nature of each kind of translation requires an ability to determine the right approach so a level of integrity to the original is maintained. “Translation,” Mr. Sommerlade explains, “in the end is a human labour dependent on picking up on a particular style or tone. In this

way there is no one correct translation, our task is to adapt as best as possible to the needs of the customer and determine the appropriate style so he is satisfied.” www.alphatrad.at

A unique training model from Austria Unique in Europe, the private Higher Technical College Hollabrunn offers high-quality, praxis-oriented technical training in food safety, while offering optimal individual support and promoting independent learning, curiosity, team spirit and social competence. TEXT NANE STEINHOFF | PHOTOS: HTC HOLLABRUNN / GABRIELE HAGER-WIESBÖCK

Established in 1985, the boarding school in the north-east of Austria, offers the country’s only apprenticeship with this particular emphasis. The course is designed for students who have finished the 8th grade, and who want to gain a vocational training in the production, quality control and overall food safety control with a spe-

cial focus on chemical and microbiological methods. Pupils are prepared for the professional environment in a contemporary way through an intelligent combination of academic and practical elements. Throughout the five-year-long education, they gain a well-founded chemical, technological, sen-

sory analytical and microbiological training in the school’s own laboratories. “Our students value our support-orientated school atmosphere and the extensive practical work in the laboratories. We are a small school with 140 students in five classes. We know our students personally and maintain a very good relationship with parents and our former graduates, who provide us with lots of job offers,” school Principal Mrs. Hager-Wiesböck says. The intensive practical experience makes the students much sought-after on the job market: “We have considerably more job offers for our graduates than we can pass on. Some start up their own business or go into higher education, while a big percentage works in quality management in food producing companies, as well as in chemical or microbiological laboratories or as production managers,” HagerWiesböck says. www.htllt-hollabrunn.ac.at

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Schlossparkhotel Mariakirchen

   Das Hotel zum Tagen Ein spannender Kontrast – spĂźren Sie die Symbiose zwischen modernem Schlossparkhotel und dem Wasserschloss aus dem 16. Jh., in dem sich die Tagungsräume befinden. Gastronomisch ergänzt das Ensemble eine Hausbrauerei mit Biergarten. Die urig gemĂźtliche Atmosphäre im Schlossbräu lässt einen Schulungstag ungezwungen ausklingen. Ob bayerische Klassiker oder mehrgängiges FestmenĂź, ob 5 oder 50 Personen: Tagen, Feiern, Schlafen am Schloss Mariakirchen – historisches Ambiente kombiniert mit modernem Komfort und Technik – nur eine Autostunde vom MĂźnchner Flughafen entfernt.

The Hotel for holding meetings An exciting contrast – feel the symbiosis between modern Schlossparkhotel and the water castle from the 16th century, where the conference rooms are located. The ensemble is completed gastronomically by a brewery with beer garden. The rustic and cosy atmosphere in the Schlossbräu allows to round off a training day informally. Be it Bavarian classics or a menu of several courses, be it 5 or 50 persons: Holding meetings, celebrating, sleeping at the Schloss Mariakirchen – historical ambience combined with modern comfort and technology – only one hour away from the Munich airport.

Schlossparkhotel Mariakirchen Schloss Mariakirchen | Obere Hofmark 3 94424 Arnstorf / Mariakirchen +49 (0) 8723-97 87 10 www.Schloss-Mariakirchen.de

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Learn German efficiently: tailor-made and online DeutschTutor, a private German language school, offers an innovative alternative for people wanting to learn German. The lessons are given ‘live’ over the internet from qualified, experienced German teachers and are created individually for every student to meet specific needs and to reach goals as efficiently and fast as possible. TEXT: NANE STEINHOFF | PHOTOS: DEUTSCHTUTOR

German as a foreign language gets more and more important due to the region’s economic strengths. A large number of skilled workers and managers now want to learn German but traditional language courses pose obstacles for busy working people. In 2013, Réka Hamza, a German philologist and experienced German teacher for corporate and private clients, established an alternative with DeutschTutor. After realising the extensive range of possibilities the internet has to offer through eLearning plat-

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forms, she completed training to become an eTutor, created the DeutschTutor system with a team of web and eLearning specialists and decided to offer flexible, efficient, individual and high-quality language training.“Our primary target group is internet-oriented skilled workers and managers with a business background, who want to learn German quickly and efficiently for professional purposes. Especially people, who often travel during their work, who have busy lives, or who live in places which do not provide good German teach-

ers: they decide to learn with us because other fixed course timetables and inflexible group courses, which don’t consider individual needs, pose a problem for our clients,”Réka Hamza, the project’s initiator says. The course is held over a modern, interactive eLearning platform – a ‘virtual classroom’ with a whiteboard, which can be written on by students and teachers, where textbook tasks can be worked on, videos can be watched and audio material listened


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learning behaviour is considered. In practice, this individuality means individual lessons with one teacher per student. Tailor-made solutions

Main image: Photo: Yuri Arcurs - fotolia.com Portrait left: Réka Hamza, founder and owner of DeutschTutor. Photo: Lancademy e.U. Opposite page: All tutors are qualified ‘DaF-trainers’. Photo: Syda Productions – fotolia.com. (left) All you need for class is computer, webcam and headset. Photo: Agency Photographer - fotolia.com. (right)

to. Additionally, live pictures of teachers and students can be constantly seen so that the counterparts are always visible. The timetable and contents of lessons are determined by the goals and needs of the individual clients. Existing German proficiency, the professional environment and different

“We differ from other language schools, because we teach over the internet and therefore are available from anywhere in the world with an internet connection. Therefore, we can choose teachers solely based on their qualifications – regardless of where they live. This combination of flexibility in time and place, which creates stress-free and concentrated learning situations from anywhere in the world, competent teachers, modern eLearning and maximum individualisation cater to a high level of efficiency in comparison to conventional language schools,”project initiator Réka Hamza says. And she continues: “We provide an interactive, exciting, varied and therefore a highly efficient course, which also boasts a high degree of individualisation: every course is different and is tailormade for the needs of the learners.” The course timetables are solely based on the student’s wishes and availability – and this can mean seven days per week at every hour of the day.“Our experienced and qualified teachers have been chosen according to strict quality guidelines and they hold a university qualification called ‘DaF-trainer’ (German as Foreign Language). This means that they hold the necessary didactic and educational knowledge for an efficient and professional lesson design.”

conversation classes, preparation for examination classes and professional language training for individual job fields are offered. The German business language and vocabulary of the client’s profession is taught especially for everyday working life; students, who are looking for a job in Germany, Austria or Switzerland can expect job interview training and help with the creation of a German CV. Regular monitoring and measurement of the student’s learning process is provided so that agreed goals are achieved. Everyone with an internet compatible computer, laptop, tablet with a headset and webcam can take part in the virtual learning experience. Even a modern smartphone can make participation possible. “The internet has extremely simplified our communication and will also simplify the way we learn in the future. It gives me great pleasure to use this development with DeutschTutor. Our overall goal is to provide a simple, universally accessible entry to high-quality, firstclass, efficient language courses for people, who want to learn German. It’s our philosophy, to try and make our clients’ lives a bit easier and more satisfying.” And this effort seems to pay off: “We get a lot of positive feedback. Especially, our friendly, motivating teachers are valued. This is also one of the most important criteria we consider when choosing our teachers,” Réka Hamza says.

Simple and universally accessible The teaching portfolio includes German courses for all language levels. Additionally,

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Special Theme

Top International Schools Germany

The International Baccalaureate Increase in diplomas awarded worldwide The International Baccalaureate (IB) announced its 2014 Diploma Programme results. 135,534 secondary, or high school, diploma students across the globe received their results, marking an 6.5 percent increase above the previous year. They join a community of more than 1,200,000 Diploma Programme graduates in 141 countries across the world. TEXT: IBO.ORG

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This underscores the consistency with which the IB Diploma Programme pass rate remains stable, even as the community of IB students continues to grow. This session showcases an average diploma score of 29.81 points (of 45 possible maximum), and 146 students receiving a perfect score.


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earned achievement,”said Dr. Siva Kumari, IB Director General.“Since universities continue to value the diploma graduate, we look forward to seeing more students in the Diploma programme. We know the graduates are well conditioned in critical thinking, researching and deep knowledge that prepares them to thrive in the universities they attend. And just as importantly, to enter their next phase of study with the mindset and inspiration to give positive shape to and influence today’s complex world.” This year’s session involved more than 530 Chief, Deputy and other senior examiners teaming up across the world to establish consistent and accurate grading criteria across subjects and ensure consistency across the evaluation process. “We are very pleased with the examination results that have been achieved across the globe,” said Carolyn Adams, the IB’s Chief Assessment Officer. “And we are grateful to our team of examiners. Consistency in applying the marking criteria and mark schemes is absolutely essential – we’re deeply appreciative of our examiners’ diligence in guaranteeing that our robust standards are applied equally across the globe. These professionals are key to ensuring that the IB’s qualifications remain globally recognized and lauded as a standard for success.”

Main image: Photo: Stiftung Louisenlund From top: Photo: Munich International School Photo: BIS Photo: International School Ruhr Photo: Foto Wachendörfer Below right: Photo: Frankfurt International School Photo: ISR – International School on the Rhine

International research shows that university admissions staff have positive impressions of the IB Diploma Programme, with the DP curricula and assessment comparing favourably to other qualifications. Additionally, research provides evidence that IB Diploma Programme students enroll in higher rates at more selective universities,

and perform better once there than those with other secondary school qualifications. About the International Baccalaureate Founded in 1968, the International Baccalaureate (IB) is a non-profit foundation which offers four high quality and challenging education programmes for students from ages 3- to 19-years-old within a worldwide community of primary and secondary schools. For over 45 years, IB programmes have gained a reputation for rigour and high academic standards, for preparing students for life in a globalized 21st century, and for helping to develop citizens who will create a better, more peaceful world. Currently, more than one million IB students attend more than 3,700 schools in 147 countries. To learn more, please visit our website at www.ibo.org About the IB Diploma Programme - The IB Diploma Programme, for students 16 to 19, is an academically challenging and balanced programme of education with final examinations that prepares students for success at university and in life beyond. - Students study six subjects concurrently. These include two languages, one subject from individuals and societies, one science, one mathematics subject, and one subject from the arts or another subject from the other groups. - In addition to pursuing these subjects, all Diploma Programme students complete three compulsory core elements that are essential to the philosophy of the programme: the extended essay, theory of knowledge, and creativity, action, service (CAS). www.ibo.org

With more than 790 examination papers processed in 74 languages, this was the largest exam session conducted at the IB since the birth of the Diploma Programme. “I wholeheartedly congratulate 2014 graduates. I commend them on their dedication and drive in accomplishing this hard

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Stiftung Louisenlund Where the future is shaped and values are preserved For over 60 years Stiftung Louisenlund, a full-day German secondary boarding an IB World School, has been dedicated to delivering first class education in a most pleasant environment and preparing pupils for life as caring and committed members of society. TEXT: TINA AWTANI | PHOTOS: STIFTUNG LOUISENLUND

Located most idyllically along the Schlei, a narrow inlet of the Baltic Sea, in Northern Schleswig-Holstein, Stiftung Louisenlund was founded by Friedrich Herzog zu Schleswig-Holstein in 1949 right after the ordeal of WWII. The boarding school was created to provide children from ages 5 to 12 the opportunity to discover themselves and be creative. Kurt Hahn, a key figure in the development of experiential education in those days, played an important role in the process. Times were tough and MarieAlix Herzogin zu Schleswig-Holstein, honourary member of the board of trustees

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and daughter-in-law of the founder, remembers: “Not every pupil owned warm clothes and we had to be creative, so I attached some red socks to my husband’s

navy sweater. This is how the Louisenlund school pullover was born.”The iconic blue jumper with the red V-Neck is still a symbol of belonging to the Louisenlund community worldwide. In 1978 Louisenlund became a member the international Round Square association of boarding-schools and today Louisenlund is one of Germany’s largest and renowned boarding schools with partner schools on six continents. “Preserving values, taking responsibility, shaping the future” Right now about 350 pupils attend school at Louisenlund, with over three-quarters being borders from national and international backgrounds.“Our pupils come from a wide mix of social environments, reaching from entrepreneurial to agricultural to aristocratic, and quite a few are from regional families. Some are scholarship holders and


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Louisenlund focuses exclusively on the Diploma Programme and 77 pupils are currently enrolled en-route to the IB. But the implementation of the IB is not the only future-oriented measure Louisenlund took to prepare pupils for a successful professional life in Germany and abroad spend a lot of time and effort implementing modern concepts. Our linguistic diversity is unique, featuring English, Spanish, Chinese, French and Latin,”Sven Meier, Head of Communications, proudly says. The school promises “to turn young people into independent, motivated and cosmopolitan people who are able to assume responsibility for themselves and others.” And still, staying at Louisenlund feels like being home from home. “Our pupils cherish the familial and international atmosphere, harmoniously combined on one single campus.”

others are the progeny of alumni,” Meier explains.

The campus is spectacular, featuring a magnificent white castle and an imposing manor house surrounded by seemingly endless water-backing parkland. The proximity to the open sea can be smelled in the air and water sports play an important role at Louisenlund. Small and large boats are neatly lined up on the school’s own mooring. Sailing is a very significant part of the plenty of extra curricular activities which can be chosen by students. Louisenlund is proud to be the only school in Germany that owns a real research vessel for young explorers.

The curriculum offers a choice between the German Abitur and, since 2008, the International Baccalaureate (IB). Just like the German system, the IB programme is structured in three different parts: The Primary Year Programme for years 5 to 7, the Middle Year Programme for years 8 to 10 and the Diploma Programme for years 11 and 12.

Pupils also get a variety of opportunities to engage in social activities in the surrounding communities. The so-called Guild programme encourages teamwork, creativity and service spirit amongst youngsters. By engaging in the local service activities, such as technical relief or the fire brigade, attending first-aid courses, acting as tutors or

Portrait: Headmaster Dr. Rösner and Duchess Marie Alix zu Schleswig-Holstein

helping out senior citizens, pupils gain invaluable skills for later life. “Besides a challenging curriculum, which helps to develop subject-methodical as well as personal and social competencies, pupils are exposed to a variety of opportunities to shine in our extracurricular Guild programme. It is just like another pillar in our holistic educational school programm based on the principles of mutual trust and a maximum of respect the pupils’ willingness to take on responsibility for themselves and others grows. Going through these new experiences is a vital prerequisite for a successful future,” Meier says. Exactly a year ago, Dr. Peter Rösner took over as the new headmaster at Louisenlund and he emphasizes the importance of science. For him it is a matter of the heart that “pupils shall develop ideas of how to further develop function and design of devices in a sensible and future-oriented way.” And he adds: “Upon completion of the Abitur or the IB, our graduates shall be responsible citizens using their voting right to shape the world and our society. Part of this is to be capable to answer questions from the energy, mobility, health and biotechnological sectors.” The future for “Lunder” (as insiders call them) looks bright and a flourishing international alumni network ensures that close connections between former pupils and today’s professionals always remain tight. Oliver Mommsen, one of Germany’s finest actors and former Louisenlund boarder puts it in a nutshell: “In Louisenlund I was gently, but firmly pushed on the right path towards my dream job.“ www.louisenlund.de

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Bonn International School Head, heart, hand Bonn International School (BIS) is a unique school in many ways. It hosts a diverse student body and provides a high-quality and inspiring education within a caring community on a state-of-the-art campus. BIS prepares students for 21st century challenges that demand a variety of skills – creativity, critical thought, digital competence, rigour, and a passion for learning. TEXT: NANE STEINHOFF | PHOTOS: BIS

Founded in 1997, BIS supports each of its students in reaching his or her unique potential. Its focus is on the holistic development of the entire individual, or the development of the head, heart and hand, as the school’s dictum emphasises. BIS celebrates its cultural diversity while inspiring and empowering all students to become balanced, responsible, global citizens. Director Dr. Chris Müller says, “A nurturing environment where teachers really know and motivate each individual student makes us stand out. We are the most diverse international school in Germany with 770 students from 67 countries and nearly 40 languages represented.”At our school, we cultivate a positive, enjoy-

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able and challenging educational experience. Teachers integrate a variety of methodologies and assessments to address each type of learner. “We motivate our students to be compassionate, open and caring, to be responsible as individuals and as global citizens, to be risk-takers and to be inquisitive, whilst retaining their individual values and culture in the context of a larger global community,” Dr. Müller goes on to say. The fully integrated and authorised programmes of the International Baccalaureate Organization (IB) form the curricular basis of this learning culture. The school implements the Primary Years Programme

for learners aged 3–10, the Middle Years Programme for students aged 11–16 and the Diploma Programme for those aged 17–19. Higher education institutes throughout the world recognise and value the IB curriculum and its graduates. This is particularly important for international families, who can join the school at any point in the year. When they depart, these families can transfer to another international school, without undue disadvantage to the academic progress of their children. BIS students join in community service activities and immerse themselves in a wide assortment of sports, language and arts programmes outside the classroom. In addition, they enjoy a secure, generous campus on the banks of the Rhine River outfitted with large outdoor recreation spaces and the latest in technology. www.bonn-is.de


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International School Ruhr When education becomes passion, children may develop Situated in Essen in the centre of the industrially important Ruhr area, the International School Ruhr offers an English curriculum for children as soon as the age of three and completes with an International Baccalaureate diploma allowing young people to study at universities all over the world. TEXT: JESSICA HOLZHAUSEN | PHOTOS: INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL RUHR

International education and cross-cultural communication between children of different backgrounds, belief systems and mentality have become the foundation of what parents and children can expect at SBW International School Ruhr. “Our schools are different and unique. We believe that education is not only about achieving outstanding academic results above industry standards; our responsibility is far greater than that,” says Reto Amman, entrepreneur and CEO of SBW schools. All programmes at the SBW International School Ruhr are internationally certified and acknowledged. The school offers the International Baccalaureate Programme as well as the IGCSE certificate (University of Cam-

bridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education). This opens the doors for graduates to universities all over the world. The IB is furthermore recognised as an equivalent to the German Abitur. The school is under the ownership of the SBW Haus des Lernens, a well-known institution when it comes to educating children: Since 1980 the SBW has worked in this field and currently heads 16 schools in Germany and Switzerland – four of them international schools. The International School Ruhr also gets support from the Initiativkreis Ruhr, an affiliation of the 70 leading companies in the area. The school opens weekdays from 7:30 to 17:00 with lunch catered daily. While classes are held in Eng-

lish, students have intensive language courses in both German and Spanish. Classrooms at SBW International School Ruhr are unique spaces to connect, learn and create. Only recently the school has opened a new creativity room where children can develop their own ideas and concepts.“Our mission is to create a dynamic space where each child’s potential can optimally develop – from both an academic as well as personal perspective,” explains Reto Amman. The teachers are highly trained learning partners who not only teach but also provide mentoring and guidance. Each child’s profile is discussed on a weekly basis. “We nurture core values like trust, mutual respect, personal growth, self-esteem, resilience, skills, confidence, willpower and a passion for learning and success. This strong foundation ideally prepares children for the challenges of the fast-pace, ever-changing 21st century.“ www.is-ruhr.de www.sbw.edu

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Child-centred education with German roots The Metropolitan School Frankfurt puts emphasis on student-centred education through an all-day programme with small classes, an inspiring atmosphere of learning and a vibrant, international school campus. TEXT: NANE STEINHOFF

Founded in 2007 by school director Peter Ferres with the vision to “do something, which benefits the people around me”, MSF now is a mid-size, fast growing school offering the Primary Years Programme for three- to eleven-year-olds, the Cambridge Secondary Programme from grade six to ten, which leads to IGCSE examinations and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme in grades eleven and twelve leading to the IB Diploma.

Classes are taught by native English speaking teachers, who focus on an inquirybased and interactive pedagogy. Additionally, daily German lessons are taught. “We believe that learning within a culturally and linguistically rich environment which emphasises empathy, open-mindedness and respect for others, enables our students to ‘make a difference’ and create a better, more sustainable future,” Peter Ferres says.

MSF’s curriculum is international, while taking into account the local culture and national academic curriculum requirements in Germany. The comprehensive and balanced curriculum caters for the needs of the international student population and also allows internationally minded local families to join.

The individual is at the centre of the learning process at MSF.“We lay the foundation for the students’ self-confidence in their lifelong love of learning. We are committed to preparing well-rounded people for a life as responsible citizens and independent thinkers,” Mr. Lee Howard, Middle School Principal at MSF, adds.

There are 450 students from over 45 countries speaking 38 different languages; this shows a special focus on internationalism.

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area and ‘quiet zones’ are only a few examples of the facilities available. Co-curricular activities, such as basketball, drama, computer games, yoga or private piano lessons, round off the programme. “Our strong sense of community provides a culturally rich environment that feels like a large family. Our small class sizes of an average of 18 students and a differentiated curriculum set us apart as a unique learning environment where all students are known and respected as individual learners regardless of nationality, ethnic background or religion,” Emma Smith, elected parent representative, says. www.m-school.de Main image: Photo: Metropolitan School Frankfurt GmbH. Right from top: Cafeteria. Photo: Salome Roessler/lensandlight. MSF students in the library. Food technology as subject in Middle School. Photos: Foto Wachendörfer


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A unique international community of learners The Berlin Brandenburg International School (BBIS) was the first school worldwide to offer all four programmes of the International Baccalaureate Organization. All students receive an individual education which provides the best basis for lifelong learning and success. Critical thinking, languages and intercultural competencies are the main key skills to reach the BBIS curricula. TEXT: MERYEM HAUER | PHOTOS: BERLIN BRANDENBURG INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

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The BBIS attracts currently 710 students from over 65 countries and is located in the village of Kleinmachnow, in the southwest of Berlin. As the only school in the area, BBIS offers boarding facilities for IB students, used by more than 60 international students. The academic programme


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Students of the BBIS obtain more than just classical schooling. They learn to develop and share responsibility for their own learning, to achieve personal excellence in all areas of learning combined with academic, artistic, athletic and social growth. The property includes the large historical campus houses, three large brick school buildings, new state of the art sports facilities, a performing arts space, dormitories for boarding students and plenty of room for play and discovery. Humanity, tolerance and empathy BBIS considers education as much more than just the acquisition of knowledge. Personal development is a large part of this special education plan. BBIS Students learn to embrace diversity as one of their strengths while care, empathy and mutual respect characterises their relationships when dealing with each other. Additionally, they experience educational success in a supportive, stimulating environment with a strong focus on nurturing creativity, resilience and independent thinking. It is also important to inspire one another, to accept challenges and celebrate achievements.

covering the 3 to 19 year-old age range is accompanied by a wide offer of extracurricular activities. Comprehensive and challenging academic programmes combined with extensive extracurricular opportunities prepare students to be the compassionate, inquisitive, socially and globally-minded leaders of the future. Small class sizes enable challenging every student according to their individual talent and to fulfil their unique potential.

All in all 100 teachers and 20 school assistants, who come from all over the world, are working in the interests of the BBIS. They are all certified, experienced, passionate professionals and teach the students to collaborate, cooperate and support each other. As a learning community, the school places great value on interaction and cooperation between staff, students and parents on the one hand and providing both academic stimulation and a wide range of educational experiences beyond the classroom on the other. 25 Years of Pioneering International Education In 1990, the International School BerlinPotsdam (ISBP) was founded. BBIS was established in 2002 as a state certified day and boarding school and is now a regis-

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Student Life Interested parents are invited to take the opportunity for a welcome visit at BBIS. The school will arrange for potential students to join a class over a trial day. Student Support Service teachers help students with special learning needs or language needs (English as an Additional Language). The Parent Teacher Association (PTA) volunteers during the school year to enrich the educational experiences of the students, to foster the school spirit and cooperation among the school community and to bring home and school closer together for boarding students.

tered non-profit organization. All these years, BBIS was ahead in offering IB programmes as the best choice for the diplomatic community, the international business community and internationally minded families in the Berlin area.

ern science labs, computer labs, a design/technology area, art studios, music classrooms, practice rooms, a multi-purpose room, a performance and exhibition space – a study room for the higher grades as well as faculty and student lounges are provided.

The Campus The facilities are constantly upgraded due to the demands of the programmes – that is necessary to provide a modern, comfortable, well-equipped learning environment which is designed for specific learning needs. Besides the large classrooms for the Elementary, Middle and High School – mod-

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The BBIS Sports Hall was completed in the spring of 2008 and is also used as an auditorium, theatre and concert hall, the sports field has a FIFA standard artificial surface with a running track, a sand court for beach volleyball, basketball courts and facilities for the high and long jump. Seating for 820 viewers enables hosting larger tournaments.

The BBIS is authorised by the International Baccalaureate Organisation to offer the IB Career-related Programme (IBCP) as an alternative to the IB Diploma Programme (IB DP) in grades 11 and 12. This unique curriculum focusses on Business Studies and allows students to acquire life-pertinent knowledge and skills through businessoriented coursework and internships. The idea behind the Berlin Brandenburg International School is to prepare students in an optimum way for the coming conceptual age: Graduates reflect on their actions and are open to new ideas and perspectives. They make a positive difference in their local and global communities and open doors for their next step in life. www.bbis.de


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Local schools, global education An innovative school concept Phorms Schools encourage their students to understand the world in its cultural and traditional diversity, in its local features and global connections through a bilingual and diversified education and the fostering of individual talents. Phorms helps the students to develop their own personality and to become responsible citizens of tomorrow. TEXT: NANE STEINHOFF | PHOTOS: PHORMS / SILKE WEINSHEIMER

Since 2006, the Phorms network consists of seven, German-English private schools with crèche, nursery, full-day primary and secondary schools in Berlin, Erlenbach, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich. “We want to broaden the German educational community with our concept of bilingual schools,” Silke Brandt, marketing director, says. The schools focus on individual child development through new methodologies and didactics. Children learn bilingually with a close link to their local surroundings and, at the same time, with international orientation. The wide range of exciting activities offered in the afternoon programme

also allows children to pursue interests, talents and hobbies. “We want students to learn both languages on a native-speaking level. Through this, our students are well prepared for an education abroad or in Germany. We offer an interesting educational concept for German families, for multi-national families as well as international families, who wish their children to integrate locally but at the same time maintain their connection with the English language,” Silke Brandt says. What distinguishes Phorms schools from international schools is that they follow the curricula of the respective federal states in

Germany complementing the local curriculum with elements of international curricula. The highest qualification is the German ‘Abitur’. The International Baccalaureate (IB) or the Advanced Placement Program can be taken as an additional exam. The educational concept is based on a few fundamental principles: bilingualism to support the understanding of other cultures, differentiated learning to support students according to their individual needs – and to develop individual learning strategies, committed and motivated teachers, a whole-day community, local roots and living diversity. “We support our students to develop their own personality. When teaching them, we want to maintain their optimism and curiosity and provide them with an understanding of the diversity of languages and cultures, the importance of numbers, relations and dimensions, as well as the uniqueness of human beings in the context of history, nature and environment. We want to accompany them on their way to becoming responsible and strong citizens of tomorrow,” Silke Brandt says. www.phorms.de

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Frankfurt International School A bright past, present and future Best known as one of the founders of the esteemed International Baccalaureate programme, Frankfurt International School swiftly established itself as a beacon within Europe's educational landscape, and it is one that shows no sign of dimming. TEXT: EMMIE COLLINGE | PHOTOS: FRANKFURT INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

Founded in the aftermath of World War II, Frankfurt International School now has two campuses for its 1,800 students. The much larger campus of Oberursel, set in sprawl-

ing countryside, caters for the entirety of a pupil’s academic life until graduation at the end of grade 12. Rich in facilities, this campus was joined in 1992 by a school in Wiesbaden offering a more intimate learning environment for pupils of age 3 to grade 8. Given the abundance of international firms and the presence of the world’s largest US consulate in Frankfurt, the school’s intake remains constant. The school’s Head of Marketing Vera Thiers explains the thinking behind what has evolved into one of the world’s foremost international schools: ”The six families that

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set up FIS in 1961 were forward-thinking individuals. They found themselves in Europe just as globalisation was becoming a phenomenon and they recognised the need for a quality English language school. Similar movements sprang up in other European cities and these innovators came into contact with each other. Seeking to create an educational system that could interact – with transferability as a key feature – they created their own curriculum, which made FIS one of the founding schools for the International Baccalaureate.” Globally recognised, the IB diploma is considered one of the world’s leading educational programmes for school graduates, prompting the world’s top universities to descend on the school on an annual basis. Bestowing a particularly wide academic spectrum on its students, the IB is demand-


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sion, with first-language study for Swedish, Dutch, Korean and Japanese alongside English and German. In addition a total of 30 languages can be studied with the acclaimed Rosetta Stone e-learning courses, which inspired one future medic to boost his studies with Latin. ”We’d expand our first language provision in an instant if the need was there,” says Thiers. The school’s responsive nature is reflected in its leadership too. Thanks to the school’s parent-led Board of Trustees, any parental concerns or wishes are dealt with almost immediately. ”The school directly affects their children,”says Thiers matter-of-factly, ”and the parents have a very clear idea of what works.”Combining their personal experiences as parents with that of the highly qualified IB-specialist faculty results in the ideal educational and pastoral balance. ”This family-orientated aspect has been at FIS since the very beginning.” Despite the occasional short-term nature of pupils’ stays at the school, the affable American explains that they always manage to create a strong affiliation between the school, pupil and the family. ”Families and parents are very involved from the outset,” says Thiers. Helping pupils check out library books, or jumping in to help organise school events, the parental network forms an integral part of the school’s circle.

Balancing the academic aspect with the pupils’ cultural and social development comes easily to FIS. Its facilities, rivalled by few, are extensive to say the least, meaning most, if not all sports are practised, competed in and supported. Thiers explains with a smile that the school does bemoan the lack of a swimming pool, but the close proximity to a local pool means that swim team practice can take place undisturbed. The sports teams, she continues excitedly, have opportunities to compete all over the world and several members of a Cairo schoolboy rugby team had recently eaten her out of house and home. But, she continues, soon our team will go there and enjoy reciprocal hospitality. Such exchanges are ”enriching” for the pupils, creating invaluable cultural interaction, united by sport. Split by 25km but united in their aim, the FIS campuses in Oberursel and Wiesbaden share the same goal of pursuing academic excellence while ensuring that the role of the arts and sport receive their fair share of attention. With decades of history behind it and centuries of European history surrounding it, FIS’s holistic approach to education is one that creates the future’s brightest stars. www.fis.edu

ing in the best possible sense. Thiers expands: ”It has an inquiry-based approach, meaning much greater involvement on the side of the students, culminating in a comprehensive 4,000 word extended essay.”Incorporating several strands of academia (with FIS offering more course variety than any other IB school in Germany), the IB also requires students to undertake further character-enhancing components: CAS, which stands for Creativity Action Service and encourages students to be involved in the visual or performing arts; as well as the Service Component, in which pupils engage in local community and international service projects. ”We’re catering to the interests of our pupils,”replies Thiers when asked how such a broad curriculum is possible. The same generosity applies to FIS’s language provi-

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Munich International School Excellence in education for globally-minded students since 1966 For nearly half a century, Munich International School has been at the forefront of international education. Founded in 1966 in Harlaching, the School moved to its current 50ha site near Starnberg in 1968 and will celebrate its 50th Anniversary in 2016. TEXT & PHOTOS: MUNICH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

Around 1,200 students from more than 55 nationalities follow the International Baccalaureate (IB) Curriculum from Kindergarten to Grade 12, culminating in the IB Diploma. Munich International School has been an IB World School since 1980.

to the Munich International School experience. Munich International School operates as a Ganztagsschule and also offers more than 100 different After School Activities as well as a comprehensive international Athletics programme.

Munich International School is located on a secure, natural parkland campus with contemporary facilities, including a new athletics track and field that was opened in May 2014 and new teaching and learning facilities to be opened in 2015.

The School’s internationally recognised academic standards enable students to transfer smoothly to other international or national schools and to be admitted to outstanding colleges and universities worldwide, such as MIT, Cambridge, Stanford, Yale, St Andrews, LMU, TU.

Munich International School is approved by the government of Bavaria and fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges as well as the Council of International Schools. Munich International School is also a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling and subscribes to NACAC’s Statement of Principles of Good Practice. Munich International School welcomes visitors almost every day of the year. www.mis-munich.de

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Munich International School is an IB World School authorised by the International Baccalaureate to develop and deliver courses within the framework of the IB Primary Years Programme, the IB Middle Years Programme and the IB Diploma Programme.


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St George's School Academia and enjoying school life in Germany Three decades ago Marietta Horton founded the first of currently four St. George’s schools in Cologne. St. George's began in 1985 with 16 children and now has over 800 children enrolled in Cologne and another 1,000+ children at sister schools in Duisburg-Düsseldorf, Aachen and Munich. The schools are proud of their high academic standards, the diverse cultural spectrum with over 45 different nationalities. “Pupils really enjoy coming to school.” TEXT & PHOTOS: ST GEORGE'S SCHOOL

One of the key factors in creating St. George’s many years ago, was to establish an environment for children which is motivating, warm and family orientated. This, Mrs. Horton said, was so different from her own school days which were uninspiring and dull. Today she enjoys seeing the bright and eager faces of St. George’s pupils who are smartly dressed in their school uniforms. The four St. George’s locations are made up of a Cologne day and boarding school, whilst the other sites are all day schools for pupil’s age 2-18 years. Mrs. Horton sees huge benefits in the continuity St. George’s can offer children who are able to

spend their formative years at a school that has a seamless transition between the different age groups and at the same time prepares young people for university or further education. In 1985 as well as today the English National Curriculum, she explains,“is the only curriculum that is developed and backed by an entire country.” The schools’ core curriculum is complemented by the IB course that was introduced to St. George’s in 2006. Scoring higher results than the global average in examinations and sending pupils to prestigious universities, Mrs. Horton is

convinced that the small class sizes, motivated staff and the attention given to each individual are core factors for the schools’ success. With Sports and the Arts being integral parts of the schools holistic approach; St. George’s ensures that pupils are stimulated and motivated to learn and discover their own full potential and talents. “Over the past 30 years, education has changed drastically in terms of needs, desires and parental input.”The schools have adapted over the years, catering for today’s trends in Science, sports and the arts. In line with the schools’ dedication to bring out the very best in every child, teachers are extremely involved in their pastoral role, ensuring that each child’s needs and talents are catered for. In this generation and for many generations to come. www.stgeorgesschool.de

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ISR – International School on the Rhine We enable great minds and strong characters ‘It’s cool to excel academically’ – the school’s mission statement is reflected in every aspect of school life. “Many families entrust their children to the ISR because we do not only teach math and science, but also moral values in partnership with parents,” Eileen Lyons, school director, says. TEXT: NANE STEINHOFF | PHOTOS: ISR – INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL ON THE RHINE / VIOLETTA ODENTHAL

The ISR is a privately financed, non-profit school with a full-day academic programme in the Düsseldorf, Neuss and Cologne region, which seeks to develop students into well-rounded, multi-lingual, self-aware and socially-responsible global citizens. It offers an excellent, international education with a holistic concept from nursery school to grade 12. The school’s vision is to pose as a leader in academic achievement, to provide self-development and character-building experiences, to prepare for life and to connect their graduates world-wide through building an active alumni network.

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600 students from 48 different nationalities can enjoy the 50,000 square metre campus and a new school building from 08:20 until 16:20, with supervision starting at 07:45 until 18:00. Modern infrastructure includes new interactive white boards in all class rooms and well equipped science labs, music facilities, and sports halls. Some optional varsity sports (football, track, tennis and swimming) and private music or language lessons round out the programme. A private school bus company facilitatessafe transport to the ISR and back to all residential areas of the region.

Starting in Kindergarten, all classes are taught in English by native Englishspeaking teachers. The German curriculum is a fully-fledged accredited programme. Hence, children are fully immersed in English and German over their entire school career. Additionally, French, Spanish and Mandarin are taught – Japanese to be added shortly. These are the languages required in an increasingly competitive job market later in life. Graduates of ISR have consistently achieved the best IB (International Baccalaureate) exam results – an average of 34 points in 2014 – in the Düsseldorf region over many years. ISR is non-selective with respect to who enters the IB programme and all graduates entered leading universities directly after graduation, such as Cambridge, Berkeley or TU München. As an accredited school, the ISR IB diploma is accepted as“Allgemeine Hochschulreife”in


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the German system, thus allowing students to attend German universities. The school’s own University and Career Counselling Department offers students systematic and individual counselling in career and university course choices, starting in the 9th grade. The UCC office also helps students get internships at companies in the Düsseldorf area. For example, students have been placed at Siemens in the past. The school also works closely with local businesses – Deutsche Bank and BCG – on programmes during the school year. Parents choose the International School on the Rhine for several reasons. A Danish mother summed up her experience at ISR saying: “First, we chose ISR because of the warmness we met when we first came here

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– and also because kids learn both languages, English and German. We like that very much because it is not just an Englishspeaking school. We want them to learn both languages….that is a big advantage! ISR helps my kids to become more confident and to make choices in life. A South African Family says: ”Over and above the excellent academic standards and results of ISR, the professional and dedicated staff create a favourable setting for learning. In the two years my children have attended the school, they have developed in confidence and have become motivated individuals. The active parent community also played an important role in assisting our family orientate with school and the surroundings and made our transition easier.” A Canadian Family says: “I just love how

warm the school is! Out of all the schools that my children have been to in their lifetime, which are many, this is the school they have loved the most! ISR is the most amazing school in the area…because of the school’s approach with students and parents – they really take good care to make sure everyone is comfortable, understand what is happening…they are very good at communication. It is like a family – absolutely like a family! I have been an expat for 8 years and this is the most comfortable I have felt since coming to Germany!” On January 31, the ISR holds an OPEN HOUSE DAY from 11:00 to 15:00. Further Info-Days: 21 March 14:00 and 18 April 14:00. www.isr-school.de

Opposite page: Campus near Stadtwald Neuss (top) Top left: Grade 7 Top right: Student life organisation offers activities beyond the class room Modern infrastructure includes interactive white boards in all class rooms (below) Far left: Chemistry Lab – Open House 2014 Left: ISR Grade 6

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Portrait: Dr. Rupert Wolff, President of the ÖRAK. Photo: Julia Hammerle

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Austria’s lawyers – an important factor of the Austrian economy Austria’s 6,000 lawyers and solicitors and 2,000 trainee associates are guarantors of justice and partners of the economy. They advise business people, entrepreneurs and traders on all aspects of their lives, represent in court and before administrative authorities throughout the entire country. By doing so, law enforcement and prosecution are ensured at an optimal level. TEXT: ÖSTERREICHISCHER RECHTSANWALTSKAMMERTAG (ÖRAK) | TRANSLATION: EMMIE COLLINGE

Admission to enter the profession in Austria is highly demanding, with rigorous conditions to be met. “Upon graduating from university, graduates must enter into a fulltime five-year traineeship,” explains Rupert Wolff, President of the Österreichischen Rechtsanwaltskammertages (ÖRAK – the Austrian Bar Association), the professional organisation for Austria’s lawyers.“A minimum of three of these years have to be undertaken at a law firm. Their training is complete once they’ve accomplished the bar examination and received approval by the Chamber of Lawyers. If there’s a lack of trustworthiness then admission can be refused,” continues Wolff. These strict academic criteria work to the benefit of citizens seeking legal advice. Austria’s economy has long been closely linked to that of its neighbours and it is

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rightly considered the key to cooperation with Eastern Europe. “This also applies to the legal services that frequently occur in a cross-border manner,”says Wolff. The Austrian legal profession is as well represented in the new EU member states and the Balkans as it is in its neighbouring countries of Lichtenstein, Switzerland, Germany and Italy. Austrian law firms have either established themselves there, or they look after individual business mandates in new markets. The Austrian legal system is efficient in upholding and guaranteeing access to justice. Legal proceedings of the first instance last on average three months. Austrian lawyers contribute significantly to this process by communicating electronically with the courts and authorities using electronic legal transactions. Wolff views lawyers as the

driving force behind a judicial system that is both efficient and close to its citizens. “Time after time, important developments have been initiated and led by the legal profession. Weaknesses in the administration of justice and legislation are identified by instruments such as the annual lawyer’s perception report, along with suggestions for improvement,” explains Wolff. Austria’s lawyers provide their clients with comprehensive knowledge, committing themselves wholly to the quest for justice and economic success. Independent from any government influence, they work solely in their clients’ interests. Sworn to secrecy, any communication between lawyer and client is subject to strict confidentiality obligations, safe from the knowledge of any third party. To protect this communication confidentiality, Austria’s lawyers created the so-called ‘TrustNetz’, an encrypted and secure electronic communication network for “This all results in lawyers becoming an indispensable and trusted partner in a consulting capacity for businesses,” concludes Wolff.


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PHH Rechtsanwälte The New Kid On The Block As one of the leading corporate law firms in Austria, PHH Rechtsanwälte prides itself on being a trendsetter in the legal industry and preaches a change in the mindset of the way law firms work. We talked to Rainer Kaspar, partner in the corporate department of PHH Rechtsanwälte, to learn more about the firm. TEXT: NANE STEINHOFF | PHOTOS: PHH SOLICITORS / NATASCHA UNKART

Rainer Kaspar says: “Our firm is relatively young: We were founded only 15 years ago and started with a focus on private equity and mergers & acquisitions. Today, our fields of activity have severely extended and we cover all aspects of modern business life.“ Approximately forty experts from a wide range of different areas of specialisation satisfy any demand a client may have.“We have heavily invested in industry expertise over the last few years as we believe that the future lawyer should be more a comprehensive trusted advisor and trouble shooter than a mere legal consultant. Our advice is therefore more holistic and we

savour to be creative and don’t shy away from finding unconventional solutions for our clients,“ Rainer Kaspar adds. Working in small teams, with each of them having a focus on one or two industry sectors, PHH Rechtsanwälte prides itself “on thorough commercial knowledge and understanding of the sectors involved. Our clients especially appreciate that our partners are available to them 24/7 and that the teams on a transaction very rarely change.“ When it comes to taking risks, the law firm is willing to ‘share the pain‘ with its clients. Rainer Kaspar says: “Over time, we have

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developed structures enabling us to share in the commercial risk of the client by offering flexible, some may even say unconventional, fee models. We have moved away from the traditional hourly rates model and typically work on the basis of fixed fees or success oriented structures. This way clients do not need to fear high legal fees with no successful deal to show. I have been told a lot of times that this is a bold step for a law firm, but honestly, I think that this adaptation of the way we do business is absolutely necessary to adapt to the changing requirements of the business world.” He finishes:“If you asked me to summarize in a sentence what makes us stand out, I would say that it is our will and the ability to reach tailor-made solutions for any issue raised by the client, using not only legal skills but especially also taking a strategic and commmercial view of the problem.“ www.phh.at

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Portrait: Mr. Balazs Esztegar LL.M

cheap conditions have opened up for those seeking to establish a limited liability company.” These conditions are the result of recent amendments to Austrian corporate law that allow business developers the option to make a small initial cash contribution. Consequently the Austrian GmbH has become a major European competitor as this lower share capital opens up possibilities for those who would otherwise find establishing a business financially unfeasible.

Austria's Advantage: Attractive conditions make establishing a business in Austria a viable option The Vienna based law firm of Mr. Balazs Esztegar LL.M specializes in supporting small to medium-sized enterprises and start-ups. Due to his specialized knowledge in the IT sector Mr. Esztegar often works with companies in this field. Yet corporate law is another major focus of his law firm which is therefore frequently tasked in assisting the foundation of new companies in Austria. TEXT: JAIME SCHWARTZ | PHOTO: MICHAEL HOCHLEITNER

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a subsidiary in Austria,” explains Mr. Esztegar. “In the last two years relatively

“It is essential to weigh the founding steps,” says Mr. Esztegar about starting a business, and his main advice for those interested is not to rush. He cautions potential entrepreneurs to thoughtfully consider the many legal aspects that must be brought to attention when forming a company. “Before you choose a company name for example, you should check whether it interferes with already registered trademarks or another company’s name.” For these concerns, and others that could potentially be overlooked, having a lawyer on board already in the start-up phase can provide effective support. Mr. Esztegar studied law at the University of Vienna and holds a post-graduate degree with distinction in Information Law and Legal Information. He enjoys the dynamic of the entrepreneurial field as it allows him insight into the legal issues of many types of businesses. In his own words Mr. Esztegar says: “I like to advise entrepreneurs from the first idea about a company's inception to the everyday legal issues of corporate governance and to provide an affordable and competent contribution to my clients’ commercial success.” www.esztegar.at


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Portrait: Stefanie Lugger and Kersten Bankler

From the negotiating table to the courtroom Lugger | Bankler Attorneys at Law convince by excellent professionalism and their unique consultancy inputs for a wide range of international clients. The two partners Stefanie Lugger and Kersten Bankler, together with their team of associates, are dedicated to understand their clients’ needs to provide the highest quality of service. TEXT: MERYEM HAUER | PHOTO: PETRA SPIOLA

A fresh and innovative approach to the practice of law – this perfectly describes the idea behind Lugger | Bankler Attorneys at Law who are located in the heart of Vienna, Austria. Every client receives a highly personalised service; this can be only ensured by responding to individual requirements. Stefanie Lugger, who speaks German, English and Italian fluently, graduated in 2001 after studying Law at the University of

Innsbruck, Austria as well as the University of Milan in Italy. Her core practice fields are Litigation & Arbitration, Legal Claim Management, Banking & Finance, Public Law and Energy Law & Environmental Law. After working as an associate in international law firms for several years, she decided to establish her own legal practice in 2011, together with Kersten Bankler, who has strong expertise in Corporate Law and M&A. Furthermore Kersten Bankler, who speaks German, English and French flu-

ently, specialises in Restructurings, Commercial Law as well as Contract Law. Their aim is to deliver prompt, efficient and practical advice by fulfilling the client’s personal and business needs – from the negotiating table to the courtroom. This innovative law office advises national and international commercial entities as well as public institutions in the areas of business and commercial law, but also private clients on commercial issues. The multilingual and internationally experienced team of Lugger | Bankler is always trying to reduce the dialogue between lawyer and client to the important questions. This strategy allows resolving problems in an efficient way, finding solutions and providing high quality of legal advice at the same time. Lugger | Bankler Attorneys at Law has been rewarded with the Corporate INTL Globe Award 2014 for the Corporate Restructuring Law Firm of the Year in Austria. www.lugger-bankler.at

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Portrait: Dr. Manfred Ainedter and Mag. Klaus Ainedter

experience, it's better to seek contact with all parties involved and address the situation together. My goal is to ultimately find a tailor-made and often out of court settlement.” As a renowned criminal lawyer in Austria Dr. Manfred Ainedter has frequently gained media attention due to the high profile cases he has worked on. However, for this family oriented firm every client counts and each case gets equal attention no matter who is involved.

Protecting the law and client's rights The Vienna based Ainedter&Ainedter offer personal and professional representation and consultation on a variety of legal matters. Founded in 1980 by Dr. Manfred Ainedter, his son Mag. Klaus Ainedter joined his father's firm as an equal partner in 2011. This father-son team puts their flexibility, personal commitment, and legal know-how in action to assist others who find themselves in difficult life situations. TEXT: JAIME SCHWARTZ | PHOTO: AINEDTER&AINEDTER

Understanding both the financial and personal toll legal actions can exact the firm seeks to find the best solution for a client

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which can often mean settling out of court. The senior Dr Ainedter tells,“Before I go directly into legal action, I have learned from

After spending many years working at several other law firms the younger Mr. Ainedter decided to join his father and since then the family has only strengthened their position in the field of criminal law and justice. In talking about his passion for analysing a case's complexities and developing individual strategies for their clients Klaus goes on to describe his personal philosophy. “My motto is to not be afraid of the power of the state apparatus, but rather actively demand fundamental rights. The one who has the courage to demand the rights enshrined for a person can ultimately seek justice.” Specializing in so called “Strafrecht,” or non-violent criminal law, the family duo seeks to find the correct actions which establish the determination of responsibility. They also understand that to do so means having more than an exclusive knowledge of the law. Both the senior and junior Ainedter value being able to maintain and display a high level of emotional strength and poise both in the courts and in public. For them it is important to recognize that “having rights” and “exercising rights” are potentially not the same concerning legal incidents. www.ainedter.com


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Portrait: Lawyer Tanja Müller-Poulakos in the library Below: Reception area of RA Mag. Tanja Müller-Poulakos law firm

vidual problems as a personal commitment,“ the lawyer continues. Special emphasis is put on tenancy, property, contract, general civil law and public auction, as well as tort and motoring accidents. They also deal with cases in the fields of execution, criminal, divorce and family law and administrative penalty proceedings. “I am not your usual lawyer because of the combination of careful analysis of legal principles and the facts of the case while refering to the judicature, and the ability to nevertheless offer individual solutions for the particular situation,“ Tanja MüllerPoulakos says.

Tanja Müller-Poulakos Not your usual lawyer

office@poulakos.at www.poulakos.at

The start of January marks the anniversary of RA Mag. Tanja Müller-Poulakos’s takeover of her father’s law firm in Linz. This symbolises five years of successfully fulfilling clients’ wishes through rigour, dedication and rejection of all prejudices as a woman in the legal profession. TEXT: NANE STEINHOFF | PHOTOS: TANJA MÜLLER-POULAKOS

Having finished her training at 28, she is now a lawyer, manager and mother of two. Despite her youthful looks, she succeeded in a male-dominated industry because of her quick comprehension skills, efficient working practices, her ability to quickly grasp the facts of a case, a high focus on finding solutions and persuasive power.

One of the core beliefs of the firm is that the client is more important than profit. “I steadily try to determine the wishes of my client and do not only take legal matters into account,“ Tanja Müller-Poulakos, Master of Laws, says. “We truly stand at our client’s side as an advisor and see the legal aspect and the indi-

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Portrait: Gregor Winkelmayr (left) with a colleague Fritz Helml.

Law firm with focus on trust, transparency and internationalism Attorney at Law MMag. Gregor Winkelmayr, MBA, LL.M. (Essex) sees itself as a legal-services provider with a particular emphasis on client benefit. Since 2013, the firm from Vienna decided to go their own service-oriented and efficient way in giving legal advice based on a trustful and transparent cooperation between lawyer and client.

Gregor Winkelmayr’s law, economic sciences, business and international trade law studies equipped him with extensive legal and economic expertise, which helps with finding solutions without the appointment of external specialist knowledge.

TEXT: NANE STEINHOFF | PHOTO: RUDOLF KREMAIER

A special focus on internationality stems from Gregor Winkelmayr’s studies in Great Britain and his numerous stays abroad. International clients, a network of national and international cooperation partners and being a member and founder of the International Trade Lawyers‘ Network, enables the firm to provide bilingual advice and the best on-site partners, alongside its own know-how. “In a globalised world, internationalism is essential for success and work in the field of legal advice. Today, many contracts are written in English due to the economic interconnection between countries and the diverse contractual relationships between companies. A large number of our clients live abroad or German is not their mother-tongue, which is why we have to communicate in English with them,” Gregor Winkelmayr says.

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Clients appreciate the extensive specialist knowledge, accurate working processes, excellence in customer service, the immediate availability of lawyers, the entrepeneurial economic thinking, the multidimensional examination of problems and the varied solutions offered.“Legal interest representation is a highly interactive and inclusive service process. Therefore, it is a special concern for us to build a trusting and transparent cooperation between lawyer and client to successfully represent their interests,” Gregor Winkelmayr says. He goes on: “Thanks to the use of new technologies and the slim structure of the law firm, we are able to work for the client’s success in a targeted manner and without administrative hurdles.”

National and international clients, such as private persons and companies are advised with the firm’s focus on contractual-, civil, inheritance-, company-, civil-, corporateand economic law with a specialisation in arbitration in these fields. “Because of our specialisation, we are equipped with extensive experience with legal disputes in all areas of economic legislation. We can therefore offer a high degree of knowledge and experience, both procedurally and tactically, and a high quality standard,” Gregor Winkelmayr says.

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Discover Germany | Culture | Barbara Geier

Well, then. Good-bye, 2014. Hello, 2015. Are you planning to start the New Year happily and healthily? Ok, silly question, who doesn’t. The start of a New Year is traditionally the time to get into shape, shed the extra pounds accumulated over Christmas (or indeed the whole year) and in general, you know, change things. For good. Hit the road, pound the pavement, mount the bike, storm the gym, and all that.

Let’s see what the next big“SizeGermany” exercise brings. It’ll surely come in a few years. Until then, enjoy your food and feel free to exercise. Happy New Year!

TEXT: BARBARA GEIER

Now, I’ve noticed that the good citizens of the UK often seem to have a very positive image of us Germans when it comes to fitness, living healthily and being in shape: “Oh, you’re all so fit – and we’re not.”Well, I’ve got good news for everyone on these shores then who’s so far felt inferior (or fatter): If you believe statistics, data, surveys and actually simply your own eyes when walking through an average German town, Germans are getting ever bigger. There’s a web portal called“SizeGermany” where you can peruse the findings of a large scale projects that was undertaken in 2009 and basically consisted of taking the measure of Germans. 13,362 men, women and children between 7- and 87-yearsold were measured using 3D body scanners. The results were being used to modify the average clothes sizes because things didn’t fit anymore the way they used to. And not just on a personal holiday pounds level but in general. Germany needed new clothes, and apparently, small has become the new medium – still called small, but

more generous measurements, let’s say. Germans are getting taller and, more importantly, wider. We’re, literally, expanding. For example, the waist of the average German woman has grown by 4.1 cm to 84.9 cm since 1994 which equals more than a dress size. Mm, that’s not really in line with the general fitness consciousness that no doubt exists in Germany, is it? According to the Federal Statistical Office even every second German is overweight. Blimey. How can that be despite the trends to eat more healthily and engaging in all kinds of sports and fitness. Well, perhaps it’s just the media who tell us so and those trends are not for real. Plus, who knows if all the people who are healthy food and fitness junkies in words are also so in reality. And after all, maybe the ‘average German’ who likes a beer or two and hearty food and thinks sport consists of shuffling round the block with the dog, is still stronger than the super mega fit kind who’d never, ever and under no circumstances indulge (and that we, annoyingly, all know, too).

Barbara Geier is a London-based freelance writer, translator and communications consultant. She is also the face behind ww.germanyiswunderbar.com, a German travel and tourism guide and blog that was set up together with UK travel writer Andrew Eames in 2010.

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Stücheli Architekten Intertwining detail and concept Not just visually pleasing, architecture’s role as an urban landmark, an interlocutor between the landscape and its residents, is understood by Zurich’s Stücheli Architekten. Cementing its reputation as one of Switzerland’s foremost architectural practices for over five decades, the firm is increasingly fusing its buildings with the optimal balance of innovation and tradition, bestowing the ultimate in sustainable building practices upon their creations with well-thought out concepts and apt materials. TEXT: EMMIE COLLINGE | PHOTOS: STÜCHELI ARCHITEKTEN

Decades of experience have resulted in a loyal following for the firm, earning them commissions across the length and breadth of Switzerland and Europe – and, of late, they’ve set their sights on the globe intertwining the terms detail and concept. The method employed by the 90strong team involves being present and correct. Without a strong concept for a design, the building's principle foundations will lack substance, potentially leaving it at fault with its surroundings. Upholding the concept is the role of the details, the firm explains. Details, which can take the form of intricate facades, wide stairwells, high ceilings and natural light, combine to support the concept. Choosing features that enhance the existing structures, or reference the locality of the building, works to the advantage of the concept too.

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Main image left: CS Uetlihof, Zurich Opposite page: Siemens, Zug (bottom) Above: CS Uetlihof, Zurich (left) Emmi Headquarter, Lucerne Turgi, Turgi (far top) Bürgenstock Resort, Bürgenstock Below: Taichung City Cultural Center, Taiwan (left) Ambassador House, Opfikon - Glattbrugg (right)

Given their extensive experience in the Swiss architectural landscape, niftily balancing the bureaucracy, budgets and building wishes of many notable commissions, Stücheli Architekten are well placed to manage complex projects. Since acclaimed architect Werner Stücheli founded the company in 1946, it has completed some of

Switzerland's most significant architectural feats. Today, led by senior architects, Christof Glaus, Andreas Mosimann, Matthias Roth, Eva Schaub, Heinz Wegmann and Mathis Tinner, the firm is as much in demand as it was in its early days, seeing it take the helm of numerous large-scale projects. Credit Suisse, the nucleus Zurich's Uetliberg rises up beside the city limits, with the dominant headquarters of Credit Suisse at its feet. This building complex has just undergone its eighth expansion since Stücheli Architekten took on responsibility for the campus in the 1970s. As of 2011 it has been recognised and honoured as Switzerland's largest Minergie P Eco building, a sustainability accolade that the firm are justifiably proud

of – and one which they target for each of their buildings. The most recent work carried out by Stücheli for Credit Suisse involved the creation of sixteen new floors, including six underground levels. By doing so, working space would rise from 6,000 to 8,500. Introducing three new atria, taking on a complex cell-like form, ensures the provision of natural lighting, healthy air circulation, while doubling as meeting zones. These airy atria were also inspired by the sustainability principles of the 2,000 Watt Society, promising cleaner working surroundings for employees. In today's age of urban development and mass building, this reincarnation has

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proved a hit with critics, as its sustainable buildings and open spaces combine to create a self-contained geometric urban ecosystem. Such a feat is admirable, and one which the firm emulates with each of its projects, making it somewhat of a beacon on the global architecture scene.

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Kraftwerk 1: desirable living and working Never one to turn down challenging projects, the firm has recently completed a 110apartment residential and commercial complex in Zurich-West's district of Hardturm. Once the heart of a booming textile industry, the industrial heritage is still pres-

ent today and their Kraftwerk 1 complex of four structures is a wonderful homage to this period. Merging residential apartments of varying sizes with commercial space is still relatively uncommon, but St端cheli's endeavours have received rave reviews, as they form a "coherent composition spread over 16,700 square metres." Collection centre for the Swiss National Cultural Museums Similarly, the idea of uniting buildings under a common purpose was the concept behind the firm's recent project in Affoltern am Albis. The secure storage of Switzerland's most historically significant cultural artefacts posed an interesting challenge for the firm. Keeping the original structure as intact as possible for both budgetary and historical reasons, the introduction of untreated steel plates onto the new facade symbolises the change in use. With the three existing halls and courtyards brought together to house the artefacts, research facilities, studios, a service centre and reception, the interlinking corridor has taken on added significance. Encircling the building's exterior is an altitude profile of the Swiss border, adding a frisson of excitement to the monolithic building. In true St端cheli style, this

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museum has once again achieved the Minergie P standard, rendering it a passive building; doing its bit for the future, while cherishing the past within its walls. In the Swiss city of Zug, the team embarked on a brand new 3-building construction for the industrial heavyweight Siemens. Emphasising the structures' linearity has created a definite identity for the new production complex, bestowing an urban character on the complex, and awakening interest with various projections, openings and entrances. On the other side of the world, St端cheli's commitment to detail and concept earned them a prestigious project in Taichung, Taiwan. Creating a dual-function cultural centre to house a library and art museum, the firm settled on enhancing and broadening the public space. The double helix form with a public walkway that leads visitors in a continuous motion lends itself superbly to a sense of belonging, creating what is essentially an extension of the neighbouring public park, inviting the public to make full use of the library and enter into the art gallery to peruse its exhibitions.

Eduard Neuenschwander's Klausstrasse residence, overlooking Lake Zurich. For structural reasons, the renovation had become necessary and allowed the firm the luxury of opening up the view over the lake. While the original concrete stairs and Karl Schmid mural were restored, the roof evolved into a stunning roof terrace based on Neuenschwander's original sketches. Introducing floor-to-ceiling windows and aluminium features on the facade brought the residence into the twenty-first century while not forsaking its rich heritage. For St端cheli, an unerring commitment to its Swiss heritage is a given but it is also active globally, entering into exciting competitions and showcasing its Swiss efficiency, unflinching dedication and years of expertise. www.stuecheli.ch

Opposite page top: Flurhof, Zurich Opposite page bottom: Pfiffner, Zurich Below: Seniorama Burstwiese, Zurich (left) Klausstrasse, Zurich (middle) Sammlungszentrum, Affoltern am Albis (right)

Flexing its expertise back in Switzerland, the firm embarked on a restoration of

Right: Kraftwerk 1, Zurich Right top: Bank Vontobel, Zurich

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Main image: Palazzo Eos Uno, Ascona. © Matteo Aroldi (left) © Aldo Cacchioli Architetto (above) Below: Residenza Onda Viva, Ronco s/Ascona. © Aldo Cacchioli Architetto

Aldo Cacchioli uses natural stone claddings as characteristic elements in architecture and design How to clad a building is a topic heavily discussed among architects. No matter if situated in France or Italy, in Switzerland or Germany – the question always stays the same: How can cladding of a building to be used as the final element in architecture and design? Aldo Cacchioli and his team concentrate on solving this puzzle by using natural stones. TEXT: JESSICA HOLZHAUSEN | PHOTOS: ALDO CACCHIOLI

Using natural stones in building houses fulfils people’s deepest desire to use components and materials that have a long history in architecture and housing constructions. Deriving from this is the connotation that stone buildings have a certain – and more – value. But apart from that, stones have a reaction to light no other building material has to offer, adding a beautiful and often light reflecting surface. But no matter how beautiful stones may look, when it comes to contemporary con-

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struction techniques their use is limited. Economic and energy aspects discount the possibility of using solid stone for the construction of walls or – to put it a bit more clearly – to build a house entirely out of natural stone. Stones will be used only with a minimum thickness and stone cladding here will prove its value: “While

cladding uses far less raw material it also creates a homogeneous volume almost similar to a single monolithic element,”explains Aldo Cacchioli.


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After working in a renowned architectural office in Locarno for more than fifteen years, architect Aldo Cacchioli successfully founded his own architectural office in the same city in 1997. Today 14 people work for the architect whose main focus lies on single- or multi-family houses. At the same time Aldo Cacchioli works on the design of commercial and administrative buildings. Cleft stones layered on a concrete building structure Natural stones of different origin play an important role in Also Cacchioli’s work. “We have used various kinds of stones in many of our projects: cleft stones glued on a concrete structure,” explains the architect. The stones used for his projects normally have a height of about 10 centimetres and a variable length up to 70 centimetres. Layered cleft stones shape the cladding. To give a few examples of how different kinds of stone are used for cladding one has to look at Aldo Cacchioli’s recent works: For the Residenza Paola in Gordola for example the architect used Travertine Noce, a stone that was extracted from a quarry in the province of Rome. Travertine is a certain kind of limestone, often with a white, cream or light ochre colouring. In this case while a part of the building is clad in stone other parts are painted in a red colour creating a warm colour symbiosis.

Sandstone claddings create a unique building surface For the Residence Alba in Losone Aldo Cacchioli used Pietra Serena stones from the province of Florence, an evenly coloured grey sandstone, while he used a Pietra Dorata cladding for an urban villa and the Palace Eos Uno in Ascona. The fine veined yellow-ochre Pietra Dorata sandstone was transported from a quarry in the Italian province of Grosseto to Ascona. “While we used only cleft stone material for the urban villa, for the Palace Eos Uno we integrated big monolithic elements into the façade. The eight centimetre thick slabs create a rather characteristic composition for the main façade.”Applied next to windows – on the right or left, above or below – these smooth slabs breach the rather rough surface of the nature stone cladding creating a completely different optic and haptic. New projects currently under construction also use natural stones There are currently two new projects under construction that include the use of natural stones in design and architecture. Take for example the Residence Onda Viva in Ronco s/Ascona where the architects plan to use a composition of two different cleft slabs from India: One is a red Agra, a sandstone that became popular as a building material because even after years this stone shows nearly no weathering effect. The second stone that will be used for the building is a grey, pink quartzite.

Another project using natural stones to create a beautiful outside look is a residence in Locarno Monti. Here Aldo Cacchioli works with a Ceppo di Gre’ extracted from Lake Iseo in Italy. Ceppo di Gre’ is a rather beautiful light-grey stone of sedimentary origin that is ideal for cladding or flooring on the in- and outside. www.aldocacchioli.com

Above: Villa urbana, Ascona © Aldo Cacchioli Architetto Below: Residenza Alba, Losone © Matteo Aroldi Residenza Paola, Gordola © Aldo Cacchioli Architetto Residenza Locarno Monti, Locarno © Aldo Cacchioli Architetto

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Architecture inspired by classical principles Cologne based Kaspar Kraemer Architekten BDA serve a broad field of architecture: from single family homes to multi-storey residential buildings, redevelopment and renovation projects, educational and technical infrastructure to cultural buildings. However, their main emphasis has remained the construction of office buildings, which are influenced by timeless, classical architectural principles.

such as clarity, order and beauty. “Our design philosophy considers the classical principles of constructive logic, functional suitability and timeless design, which isn’t subject to fashionable ‘gags’,”Kaspar Kraemer said.

TEXT: NANE STEINHOFF | PHOTOS: KASPAR KRAEMER ARCHITEKTEN / STEFAN SCHILLING

Originally, this architectural approach stems from Friedrich Wilhelm Kraemer, the father of Kaspar Kraemer, a famous architect himself and one of the three famous architects of modernism in Germany after 1945. Today, the work is characterised by Classicism combined with the wish to create modern

“Since the office was established by me alongside a group of experienced, longstanding and trusted employees in 1999, we have received a high volume of tasks for office buildings due to our shown competence

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in this field,” Kaspar Kraemer, architect and owner of Kaspar Kraemer Architekten BDA, says. Kaspar Kraemer Architekten’s team plans, designs and creates architecture, which is based on classical architectural principles,


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and useable rooms, which are shaped by elegance, harmony and proportion.“Our office buildings are ‘normal’ in the best sense of the word. They are reasonable, perform as they should, are elegant and form the urban environment’s and employee’s identity. They are highly efficient tools of great design quality,” he continued. Buildings are tools for improving the practical life and good office buildings should facilitate working processes – this is Kaspar Kraemer Architekten’s guiding principle. The 19-head-strong team around Kaspar Kraemer is committed to the idea of a constructed environment, which shows fully operative ground-plans, holds beauty at the same time and is fully functional. Harmonic, well-planned and efficient buildings are the results. Functionality meets flexibility and high-quality materials. Kaspar Kraemer’s office buildings pay attention to changing individual demands and find intelligent solutions for every task and client. If you look at the Accenture New Office building, German headquarters of a leading business consultancy, you can see the fundamentals of Kaspar Kraemer’s creations: flexible workplace concepts with a feelgood atmosphere. Work and leisure are combined and the big premises are harmonically integrated into the surroundings. The same traits can be found in the office building for RWE, highly flexible workspaces enclose a brokerage hall in the centre of the building. The campus-like area is inspired by green outdoor spaces and highquality open space. The new construction consists of a simple but robust structure, which intelligently manages to combine old and new to create an office building, which responds to changing requirements.

Other notable projects include the office park ‘An der Gruga’ in Essen and the new administrative and logistics centre of the van Laack GmbH, a producer of womens- and menswear in Mönchengladbach. They both have the same traits: glass front, simple and classical design, that special twist with intelligent functional structures, which serve the employees inside these buildings. A glass membrane protects the office park ‘An der Gruga’ from highway noise. In Mönchengladbach, facilitated working processes as design, production, logistics and administration were combined into one building, while the work process sections become apparent in the facade.

OPPOSITE PAGE Main image: Office building with trading floor, Essen. Portrait: Kaspar Kraemer, Dipl.-Ing. Architect BDA From left: The Gruga Office Park, Essen. Office building with trading floor, Essen. Administration and logistics centre van Laack, MG. THIS PAGE Right from top: High water pumping plant Schönhauser Straße, Cologne. High water pumping plant Schönhauser Straße, Cologne. Entrance hall, The Gruga Office Park, Essen Bottom right: Accenture New Office, Campus Kronberg Bottom left: Accenture New Office, Campus Kronberg

“All of these projects combine the appropriate reactions towards the urban, respectively rural context and a high rationality in the floor plan structure. They create a prestigious address and a concise and clearly proportioned appearance of high significance and radiance,”Kraemer said. Kaspar Kraemer Architekten BDA is a personally-run, independent and experienced office with high team spirit. Sense of responsibility, cost and deadline discipline and the constant search for the best solution for their clients balanced against the existing economic and overall conditions make the office a popular choice. “Our clients appreciate the personal, intensive and uncomplicated support, the fast handling of the given tasks, dialogue capability, fairness and the constant effort to achieve the optimum for our clients at all levels of the planning. A significant advantage is our comprehensive expertise, being articulate from urban development to interior design and developing creative solutions,” Kraemer said. www.kaspar-kraemer.de

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Main image: Single family home Spindler, Kreuzlingen (CH). Design: esa-zurich.com. Photo: Inka Reiter, Constance Below: ”Minergiehaus” Lauber, Lengwil (CH). Photos: Inka Reiter, Constance ”Plusenergiehaus” Trinkner, Wahlwies (D). Photo: Peter Allgaier, Constance (right) Opposite top: Single family home Weber, Tägerwilen (CH). Photo: Inka Reiter, Constance Opposite middle: ”Plusenergiehaus” Trinkner, Wahlwies (D). Photo: Peter Allgaier, Constance Opposite page bottom: Single family home Nidbaur, Constance (D). Photos: Inka Reiter, Constance

A house for the soul – architecture which is liveable Ruff Weber Architekten in Constance uses its thorough background in woodwork, craftsmanship and years of expert knowledge as architects, to plan and create award-winning contemporary family homes. TEXT: DORINA REICHHOLD | PHOTOS: RUFF WEBER ARCHITEKTEN

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make up the architectural firm Ruff Weber Architekten which is situated in Constance in the south-western corner of Germany, at the famous Lake Constance on the border with Switzerland.

Weber and his colleague Stefan Ruff founded Ruff Weber Architekten in 2002, with a focal point on housing construction for families. They have successfully developed their company profile in the last twelve years which has included the completion of several award-winning projects. For the first ten years, Ruff Weber Architekten were mainly planning singlefamily homes, focussing on direct contact with the client and a productive exchange


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of ideas. "We work price-conscious, targetorientated and always with high creative standards," explains Weber. "All wishes and requirements are discussed and developed with the people who later live in the house and are accompanied by us all the way during their realisation." Both architects have a great passion for their work and, due to their educational background, have a thorough knowledge of all the steps of the planning and construction process. Both completed vocational woodwork training, with Ruff qualifying as a joiner and Weber as a carpenter before moving on to study architecture. This practical knowledge gives them a valuable understanding about the necessities for the execution process, while planning and working on different projects. At the same time their passion for using wood as a building material is obvious throughout their work. Clear structures, space and light character-

ize the design of Ruff Weber Architekten. They aim to create spaces that accomplish an atmosphere that is grounded and comforting as well as distinctly contemporary. "We always try to deliver the complete package," says Weber. The reason behind their success is tight-knit teamwork between client and architect. "It is important that the client sees that we are working with them, as well as for them," explains Weber. This concept has led to Ruff Weber Architekten successfully taking part in different urban planning competitions, resulting in the company winning several awards for their work right from the start. The second project they ever worked on together earned great praise. It is a singlefamily home which combines the concepts of Far Eastern notions and Western modernity. The underlying idea was to build a home based on the Chinese Feng Shui philosophy of harmony with the surrounding environment. At the same time the house was meant to be modern. Ruff and Weber's concept earned great approval from the client and the builders involved and was realised down to the smallest detail. The finished home was awarded a prize from the Chamber of Architects of the German state Baden-Württemberg for "exemplary building" and was also chosen as "House of the year 2005" by a building-society journal which is read by millions of German homeowners and people who plan on building their own house in the future. Another project, the Haus am Hang also won an award for “exemplary building” due to its perfect incorporation into the urban plan.

and creation of an energy-plus-house which produces more energy, due to renewable energy sources, than it uses to sustain itself over the course of one year. During this project Ruff and Weber achieved perfectly incorporating a contemporary wooden structure into the complex building technology at a low cost. Another project the two architects are very proud of is a multi-family house in Konstanz, which earned lots of approval and praise by the families who moved into their new homes. Achieving the utmost client satisfaction is the greatest reward for Ruff and Weber. "The most outstanding attribute of our work is that the architecture is liveable," explains Weber. "It has to be perfectly structured, yet the design must not be overbearing.” A dream project for Ruff Weber Architekten would be to plan and construct a hotel with separate areas to hold seminars and a wellness and spa area for unwinding, relaxation and resting. "Using warm and natural materials which create a pure and calm atmosphere," states Weber. "We love to build a house for the soul." www.ruffweber.de

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Architecture beyond the day The highly-motivated and experienced team of VALENTYNARCHITEKTEN realises individual architectural designs with a skilful eye for quality, cost and schedule reliability. The firm’s projects reveal an exciting dialogue with the object, are characterised by functionality and economic efficiency and the architect’s office manages to create buildings whose materials and shapes can be experienced with all senses. TEXT: NANE STEINHOFF | PHOTOS: VALENTYNARCHITEKTEN

Established as VAN DEN VALENTYN ARCHITEKTUR in 1972, the name was changed to VALENTYNARCHITEKTEN planning company mbH in 2011 under the collaborative leadership of Thomas van den Valentyn and Thomas Wientgen.

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They managed to persuade clients of over 25 years that practicality in structural engineering does not have to be dull, that it can be imaginative and beautiful. The results are architectural masterpieces, which are exciting, aesthetically appealing and at the same time functional. The architect’s office plans and realises sophisticated and efficient projects in all fields of building construction. Core competences lie in hotel, administration, culture, leisure, education and science buildings, as well as the accompanying interior design and residential buildings. “We don’t think in stereotypes. We consider every task as a new challenge. With that, the ‘genius loci’ is as-

signed a major role in our design approaches. We work on projects with great care. We advise throughout all phases of the planning, designing and construction, and take over complex general planning tasks with a proven and renowned sector planning team if the client needs us to,”Thomas Wientgen says. After Thomas van den Valentyn successfully finished his architecture course at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, the Colognebased architect’s firm has since become known as a real multi-talent. Van den Valentyn is known as a hedonist and aesthete, whose architecture seeks to combine functionality and beauty for the benefit of all.“Highest quality, reliability and flexibility, and representing the interests of our clients, who we fundamentally see as our partners, are of primary importance for us. Highest architectural quality, user satisfaction, innovation, sustainability and cost-effective value stability, are self-evidently important for us,”Thomas Wientgen says.


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This overall vision brought the team of architects to the international attention they deserve: several awards, such as the Cologne Architecture Prize, the German Architecture Prize, the European Interior Architectural Award, the European Design Award, the German Critics Prize for Architecture or the German Urban Development Prize were won and Thomas van den Valentyn was awarded the German Cross of Merit in 2007 for his architectural creations, which serve the public and make cityscapes more attractive for the greater good. Functionality meets beauty The T-Home Campus in Bonn shows the disciplined handling of effective large-scale urban development structures. The longitudinal extension of 400 metres was evolved with the help of a master plan, comprising 5 office cubes with distinctive open space quality for the employees. The cubes’ repetitive façade follows the clients demand for highly flexible office space and provides a good supply of daylight for work places. In combination with harmonically proportioned room structures, a freely configurable, well-spaced office area is created. Put under preservation order in 1984, the Max Ernst Museum in Brühl was impressively transformed by VALENTINARCHITEKTEN without distorting its original and historical charm. A columned hall was carefully uncovered with regard to historical records, and new staircases, subterranean rooms and a glass pavilion intelligently link new and old and create a museum atmosphere with extensive exhibition space. A main concern of VALENTYNARCHITEKTEN’s creations is the redevelop-

ment and careful addition of buildings under a preservation order, such as the famous ‘Reichstagsprasidentenpalais’ in Berlin or the reconstructed rebuilding of ‘Unter den Linden 1’. The latter was expanded with a winter garden in an independent technical structure, which makes it modern and unique. The interior design changed and an individual glass element was added to the building’s façade.

All in all, for VALENTYNARCHITEKTEN, “building means trusting. Optimised planning results are only made possible through dialogue, based on partnership. Longstanding partnerships with our clients and business partners, as well as multiple prizes and awards endorse our architectural and commercial attitude,” Thomas Wientgen says. www.vandenvalentyn.com

Other innovate projects include the new building of the ‘Service national de Sante’ in Luxembourg or the AXA office building in Cologne. The second boasts a high architectural quality, whose slightly curved form follows the river Rhine. High-quality materials, large-scale windows, elegance, high user comfort and good physical properties can be found in this architectural piece. The vertical stringency of the outer façade is linked to Cologne’s building tradition between the 20s and 50s.

Opposite page: Laboratoire de Sante, Luxembourg. Photos: Rainer Mader Portrait: Thomas van den Valentyn (left) and Thomas Wientgen (right). Photo: VALENTYNARCHITEKTEN Above: AXA offices in Cologne. Photos: Rainer Mader (top) Technology Institute, Karlsruhe. Photos: Design of VALENYNARCHITEKTEN (below) Below from left: Max Ernst Museum, Brühl. Reconstruction of ‘Unter den Linden 1’. T-Home Campus, Bonn. Photos: Rainer Mader

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h4a Gessert + Randecker Architekten Functionality with a twist “Our motivation stems from the fascinating challenge of finding a unique solution for each building project,” says Martin Gessert and Albrecht Randecker, who founded the architectural office h4a Gessert + Randecker Architekten in Stuttgart in 1998.

Judging from their impressive growth to approximately 60 employees and two additional offices in Düsseldorf and München today, their approach to creating innovative but functional, individual buildings has certainly paid off. Around 40 awards gained for national and international architectural competitions during the last five years are further testimony to the office's solid standing in the world of architecture.

location, people and function. “We create buildings for the respective location and react openly and impartially to its requirements,” say Gessert and Randecker. Considering the location means respecting its context regarding landscape, city planning, history and social use. Likewise, the profile of the potential building users as well as collaborators determine the shape of the project. Last but not least, the potential function of the building is defined by the intrinsic values of the company, by innovation and the unique functional requirements of the building type.“Considering people and locations directly requires a continuous dialogue which influences the quality of the result,” say Gessert and Randecker.

Location, people, function

HABA office extension

The nature of every new project the office accepts is determined by three main factors:

Habermaaß GmbH is a manufacturer of toys specialising in wooden toys, furniture,

TEXT: JULIKA HÜTHER | PHOTOS: H4A GESSERT + RANDECKER ARCHITEKTEN

Initially focusing on residential buildings, they soon expanded their portfolio by taking on public building projects for schools, offices and health care facilities. They soon asserted themselves on the market as an architectural office concentrating on cost effectiveness, functionality and sustainability through a wide array of open tenderings. At the same time, more and more clients approached them directly. Over the following years, several nationwide projects consolidated the success of h4a Gessert + Randecker Architekten.

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former Munich gasworks. While keeping to the existing urban planning framework, it was structured internally as a campus with clearly visible modular units with variable use of space to allow companies to retain their individual identities. One of these units, the MTZ technology centre, which houses entrepreneurs as well as existing technology companies, has been designed by the office as a “house in a house�with eight modules. The flexible interior concept allows for all sorts of uses from laboratories and cleanroom technology to business clubs and offices of diverse sizes. It also includes glass elements on the East and West front that move according to the sun. In combination with colourful panels, they create a constantly changing outer appearance, representing the ever changing use of the interior. Similarly, when designing the new IT and service centre for the city of Munich, the office clad the front of the building with vertically arranged metal lamellas reminiscent of a barcode, which refers to the subject matter of its users. It creates a unique identity for the IT-townhall while underlining the overall planning framework of the campus. Current and future projects clothing and children's games. h4a Gessert + Randecker Architekten designed a new office and reception building on the grounds of a former brewery with three offset wings that created plenty of floor space while maintaining a discreet exterior. Forms and structures were used in a playful way and created an exciting, imaginative building. Wood dominated the inside of the structure as well as its front, referencing the origins of the company. Colourful metallic and transparent surfaces reflected the modernity and creativity of the company, underlining its philosophy. MTZ centre for technology and IT-townhall at the M-Campus technology park h4a Gessert + Randecker Architekten planned the restructuring and development of a technology park on the grounds of a

Two other recently finished projects, which illustrate the work of h4a Gessert + Randecker Architekten perfectly, are the Arabeska office block and the GIZ (German Federal Enterprise for International Cooperation) office block. The first includes facades that oscillate back and forth to reflect the changing surroundings of the Arabeska park with its green spaces, organically integrating the building into its immediate environment. The GIZ office block profits from an efficient groundplan with hallways that fan out in irregular intervals to incorporate areas for communication and other uses but always allow for a direct view onto the campus of which the building is part. With numerous national and international projects such as offices, schools, residential buildings and health care facilities in the

making, h4a Gessert + Randecker Architekten are sure to create many more functional, imaginative buildings in the years to come. www.h4a-architekten.de Top left: HABA office extension. Photo: Zooey Braun, Stuttgart Top right, down: Arabeska park MTZ centre for technology and IT-townhall. Photos: Stefan MĂźller-Naumann, Munich

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Main image: Mercedes-Benz Center Munich. Photo: Jens Weber Portraits: Peter Lanz and Martin Penner. Photo: Thomas Weinberger Opposite page: MINI Petuelring, Munich. Photo: Lubica Fahr BMW (left) Berlin. Photo: Christoph Stepan (right) Olympia Restaurant, Munich 1972. Photo: Karsten de Riese ( bottom left) Olympia „Ringerhalle“, Munich 1972. Photo: Sigrid Neubert (bottom middle)

Lanz Architekten Taking architecture to the next level in bringing together experience and creative new ideas Lanz Architekten + Generalplaner GmbH in Munich has brought together two outstanding architects with rather different backgrounds: Peter Lanz is a very experienced architect who founded his office in the 1950s, for about ten years now he works together with the much younger architectural entrepreneur Martin Penner. TEXT: JESSICA HOLZHAUSEN | PHOTOS: LANZ ARCHITEKTEN

Born in Berlin Charlottenburg Peter Lanz moved to Munich to study architecture where he initially worked with Sep Ruf before opening his own architectural office in 1958. Today his work is known to the public mostly because of several large-scale projects like the 1972 Olympics in Munich: Peter Lanz designed the judo and wrestling hall and a temporary restaurant on the shore of the Olympic lake. Temporary Olympic buildings had to be built fast but they also had a great design standard since they were used for catering to visitors who took their impressions into the world. Lanz’s Olympic restaurant had space for about 5,000 guests and followed

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the expressive and constructivist trend in architecture that reached its peak in Paris’s Centre Pompidou. In using a French glasshouse system made of foil, Lanz had a light construction for the roof that also allowed a view towards the Olympic tower.

The same foil was used for the exterior walls creating a smooth transition between inside and outside. A more recent landmark building is Peter Lanz´s Munich Mercedes-Benz Centre with an elliptic glass tower and the world’s largest display window, showcasing the whole product range of Mercedes-Benz cars right next to an urban expressway. A passionate collaboration gave birth to a new successful team Martin Penner first came to work with Peter Lanz and his office out of coincidence about eleven years ago while developing an urban building project as a freelancer. From the very beginning both architects felt connected, sharing a passion for architecture, and Peter Lanz immediately offered Martin Penner a continuation of their joint work. A range of architectural competitions and projects evolved from this inspiring cooperation.


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Both architects, for example, worked for the German automotive company Audi, conceptualized several office buildings for the German TÜV SÜD and created a concept to revitalise the historic Grand Hotel Axelmannstein in Bad Reichenhall. Lanz and Penner also worked on buildings for educational purposes, including Munich´s biggest kindergarten in 2013. Lanz and Penner also won the architectural competition for the new BMW headquarters in Berlin. Their commitment to the project which represents the Bavarian automaker in the German capital, led to a big success: BMW BERLIN was accomplished exactly on time and within budget and Lanz Architekten were appointed one of the BMW GROUP’s official planning partners. Only recently in spring 2014 BMW opened their MINI flagship store in Munich, re-designed by Lanz and Penner. Currently they are implementing a unique her-

itage building for BMW GROUP CLASSIC, after winning the design competition in 2013: A part of the historic aero engine factory, the actual origin of Bayerische Motoren Werke established in 1916, will be transformed into a vibrant centre for classic cars and motorcycles.

commissioned to transform and extend the habitat according to modern standards. “This is one example of satisfied customers coming back even after decades to ask for a transformation of former projects – developing something new while incorporating architectural quality,”says Martin Penner.

A paradise for polar bears

In 2014 both established a limited company as a new form of collaboration.“Peter Lanz is a master architect with a nearly unlimited treasure trove of experience, wisdom and an undaunted pleasure for creation,”says Martin Penner. “I for my part think like an entrepreneur while being an architect; I grew up using new technologies for both design and cost effectiveness in a dynamic process. Our two rather different personalities complement each other perfectly, I think.”

Between 2008 and 2010 Peter Lanz and Martin Penner resumed working on one of Peter Lanz’s earlier projects: the polar bear habitat at the Munich Zoo Hellabrunn. In 1972 Peter Lanz had made the master plan and among others had built the polar world in a very abstract way. Ice floes had been made from exposed concrete, creating an artificial polar landscape with structures resembling crystalline forms typical of arctic icebergs. But at the beginning of the 21st century ideas about how animals should live in zoos and the rules for their keeping had changed drastically. Peter Lanz and Martin Penner were

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Discover Germany | Feature | How to Kick-start a Healthy Lifestyle

How to kick-start a healthy lifestyle “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit,” Aristotle once famously said. With Christmas behind us and the excesses of the festive period visible in our waistlines, perhaps now is the time for those good intentions to take some serious form. And, as Aristotle recommended, instilling good habits is the way to go. Introducing the simplest but most game-changing health-boosting methods for the next twelve months, all selected – and practised – by Discover Germany’s health and fitness expert Emmie Collinge. Use this guide to arrive in 2015 with a cleaner mind, body and soul. TEXT: EMMIE COLLINGE | PHOTOS: © MARTINMARK

1. Cherish the sun and never underestimate fresh air Regular doses of vitamin D from the sun work wonders for our wellbeing and any exposure during the early part of 2015 will be beneficial, leaving your skin refreshed and your calcium stores replenished. Admittedly, it’s difficult holding down a full time job and getting out to see the daylight, but even half an hour per day makes a big difference. 2. Healthily hydrated As humans, we’re not designed to function on limited water; after oxygen, water is our second necessity. Once our fluid levels are depleted, our body struggles to carry out basic tasks like transporting food through the body, eliminating waste, regulating body temperature, and maintaining blood volume and pressure. We’re told that two litres is the standard, but this doesn’t have to be plain old water – it can come in many guises: try sparkling water, pure fruit juice or herbal teas. A simple sip here and there through the day will see your energy levels up and mood improved. 3. A wobble is not a fail Let your mind be at ease; temporarily derailing the diet isn’t the end of the world.

Think about your diet over the course of a week or a month, rather than individual mealtimes. This will give you a clearer indication of what works best for your nutrition, your energy levels and your schedule. Following a pre-planned diet plan does sound like a good idea but is often impractical in reality. Rushing mealtimes is never ideal but often impossible to avoid so try to make sure your cupboards are stocked with healthier and more nutritious snacks like crispbreads, nuts and seeds, meaning that you’re less likely to regret having a snack. Another good tip is to take a little time to read the ingredients of what you consume. Natural is always best so ask yourself whether you would eat every single ingredient by itself; if yes, then go ahead, any doubts and we recommend putting it back. 4. The sum of the parts Breaking up your goals into easily attainable steps gives you a speedier sense of satisfaction while transporting you closer to that more major goal that you’ve set yourself. Try waking up fifteen minutes earlier, consider cycling or walking to work, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, eliminating that second snack time from your working day, or opting for a home-made lunch instead of a processed shop-bought meal.

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gence as more and more people recognise the negative effects of having your mobile phone under your pillow. Top tip: High GI foods increase levels of tryptophan, a protein used to make serotonin, which induces sleep. Try rice for dinner, watermelon for dessert and a cup of tea with honey. 9. Super foods – more than just a fad Instead of just saying that you want to eat healthier, try being more specific. Adding in super foods, a much hyped phenomenon of the last decade, has been proved to work in multiple ways including providing energy; enhancing weight loss; improving your immune system, to name but a few. They’re simple to slot into your regular diet and we’d recommend having your muesli and yoghurt with any of the following: goji berries, linseed, flaxseed, Lingonberries, blueberries, pumpkin seeds and/or sesame seeds. For dinner, few items beat the kitchen classic of lentils with grilled vegetables, topped off with pomegranate seeds and avocado. 10. It isn’t just physical

These baby steps break down the whole, making you feel like you are achieving. 5. Sense beats kilometres In terms of exercise, it’s tempting to target the Berlin Marathon but be wary, 42km is a lot tougher that it might look. Start small, perhaps you’re better off finding a local 5km or 10km run. The ever-expanding series of timed 5km runs called ParkRun has now reached mainland Europe after conquering the UK, and these are the ideal introduction to fitness, as well as motivators to get out when it is raining. 6. Substitute sunbathing with sports Instead of your typical lazy poolside holiday, opt for an Alpine getaway – not only will it be gentler on the purse (maybe), but with unbeatable fresh air and panoramic views your holiday will clear away all of your daily stresses.

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7. Everything is better with company Dragging yourself out to exercise alone is hard at the best of times, but nigh on impossible during these dark winter days. How about joining a local group? Motivational and merry, it’s much more pleasurable to exercise in a group, and the chitchat definitely makes it more enjoyable. Regularity and consistency might conjure up images of your old PE teacher, but there was truth in their words. Round up friends and sign up for a high-octane workout. 8. A good night sleep works wonders We’re told time and time again to get those eight hours of sleep but televised temptations and internet wanderings often lead our good intentions astray. Once you’ve switched off from social media, try and take some timeout before bed – leave them out of arms’ reach if possible. Previously a thing of the past, alarm clocks are making a resur-

Yoga’s physical and psychological benefits have long been held up as beacons within the fitness industry and now the wider public are embracing it too. An hour or two, several times a week, has unparalleled restorative effects on both body and mind, with your core strength, flexibility and peace all receiving boosts. If you’re struggling to find a local class, have a look on YouTube. Founder of Strala Yoga, modelturned-yoga professional Tara Stiles’s online videos are a hit with millions across the globe. To conclude, it’s wise to verbalise your goals. Studies have proved that those who share their targets with friends will feel accountable, and therefore more likely to complete them. But refer back to number 3 if you feel a bit overwhelmed. As we said at the beginning, small smart steps take you further down to the path to fitness than great big bounds that could see you stumble. Once a good step becomes a habit, then you’ll be set for 2015 and beyond.


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Culture Calendar Save the date as there are plenty of great events scheduled for the weeks to come. From music festivals and exciting exhibitions to fantastic sport events and social highlights, Discover Germany’s Culture Calendar is your perfect guide to what not to miss in January. International Hot Air Balloon Week, Filzmoos (10-17 January) Balloon rides over snow-covered mountains, magnificent views of a sky filled with colourful balloons, mulled wine, music and fireworks: the 36th International BP-Gas Balloon Trophy with around 40 international balloon teams excites visitors from all over the planet. www.filzmoos.at/en/winter/hot-air-balloonweeks.html Gourmet Festival Sylt (14-18 January) For the 16th time, the North Sea Island of Sylt invites wine-growers, famous star chefs and

visitors from all over the world to indulge in decadent parties and international delicacies at the island’s restaurants. www.gourmet-festival-sylt.de FIS Freestyle Ski & Snowboard World Championship, St. Georgen Ob Murau & Schoenberg-Lachtal (14-25 January) Legendary parties and the combined Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championship will attract snow-enthusiasts from all over the world to Austria this January. www.kreischberg2015.at

Main photo: Hot air balloons in front of the mountains. © Tourismusverband Filzmoos. Photo: Alfred Hahn Above: FIS Freestyle Ski & Snowboard. Photo: Deutsche Zentrale fuer Tourismus e.V. / Daniel Geiger

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BodyChange SCHLANK IM URLAUB, ROBINSON Club Ampflwang (15-25 January) Up, close and personal with famous fitness coach Detlef D! Soost for up to 10 days. A great programme to kick-start the new year! www.schlankimurlaub.de (pictured left)

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Valartis Bank Snow Polo World Cup (16-19 January) The world’s largest polo tournament on snow brings the glamour of the polo set to the Austrian resort of Kitzbühel. Eight international High Goal Polo teams will compete with each other in four games per day and polo parties, champagne and good food can be expected. www.kitzbuehelpolo.com


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Opposite page: boot trade fair, Duesseldorf, the fair covers virtually any sport that can be practised on, under and near the water. Photo: Constanze Tillmann boot trade fair, Duesseldorf, motor boat exhibition hall. Photos: Constanze Tillmann Above left: Gourmet Festival Sylt, restaurateurs and cooks, who host the festival. Photo: Georg Supanz Above right: Polo game at the Snow Polo World Cup. © Herold I Photodesign / Alexander Herold Below left: Mozarteumorchester in front of Salzburg’s castle. Photo: Sibylle Zettler Below middle: Violinist and conductor Anrés Orozco-Estrada can be seen at the Mozart Week 2015. Photo: Werner Metitsch Below right: Visitors at the exhibition in the MKG. Photo: Christiane Goellner / Museum fuer Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg

range of international foods and view luxury items, kitchen and household items – all with a focus on sustainability. www.gruenewoche.de/en boot Düsseldorf (17-25 January) The world’s largest yacht and water sports fair comes to Düsseldorf: More than 1,650 exhibitors from over 60 countries will promote water sport trends, such as angling or scuba diving and put boats, yachts and maritime equipment on show. www.boat-duesseldorf.com

Mozart Week, Salzburg (22 January – February 1) Classical music fans should head to Salzburg to celebrate Mozart’s birthday with international opera productions, chamber music and several orchestral and soloist concerts. www.mozarteum.at The Northern Lights photography exhibition, planetarium Hamburg (until March 2015) The photography exhibition by Thomas Becker shows the impressive spectacle of nature: experience a spectacular world of colours. www.planetarium-hamburg.de

Berlin Fashion Week (19-21 January) International Green Week in Berlin (16-25 January) For the 80th time, International Green Week is exhibiting food and agricultural and horticultural products. Visitors can taste a comprehensive

Twice a year, Berlin turns into an international fashion hotspot where buyers meet journalists, retailers, designers and fashion enthusiasts at a wide range of fashion shows, events or clothes trade fairs. www.mbfashionweek.com/berlin

Committed picture photography exhibition, MKG Hamburg (until 18 January) A collection of impressive photographs of the post-war period sheds light on social deficiencies all over the world. www.mkg-hamburg.de

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