Haus der Gegenwart
Haus der Gegenwart, Munich
Tracking the spirit of the age.
Berker is a partner in one of the most innovative architectural projects in Germany. Switches and socket outlets from Berker for the "Haus der Gegenwart" (House of the Present) in Munich.
The result of an architectural competition by the SZ magazine of the Süddeutsche Zeitung, about four years ago this house represented the conception of an ideal living environment with contemporary trends. More than 34 architectural firms responded with their designs, answering the question of what contemporary living might look like for various living styles at a reasonable price. An actual house was eventually built according to the plan from the Munich firm Allmann, Sattler, Wappner (ASW).
This modern structure was highly conspicuous – and not only for its prize-winning floor plan, with four autonomous living boxes joined by stairways. The house is also visionary when it comes to its electrical systems and home automation – as an e-home it can be heated, ventilated, lighted, secured and piped with multimedia, all at the press of a button.
As an official project partner, Berker equipped the property with its new Serie K.1, which thanks to the clear form language of its angular design fits perfectly into the house's concept. In addition, individualised switches based on the Serie TS were produced especially for this project within the framework of Berker's "Manufaktur". In accordance with the interior designers' detailed specifications, polar white baked enamel cover plates of high-quality solid aluminium were used, which in harmonious combination with the likewise polar white switch buttons and the anthracite colour of the printed symbols produce a product image of overall balance. They can be used to control various lighting scenarios and home automation features.