Hackenbroich Architekten
n/a, Germany
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Hackenbroich Architekten as Architects

For the hairdresser shop Haarwerk in Cologne, Germany the light installation has become a main spatial feature. Seventy-five lamps emerge from a central point of the space and reach out into the room.

A cloud of lights expands through the store. With the visible wires they form a spatial texture like a distorted chandelier. The lights can be controlled and dimmed in five circles to allow a smooth transition of various illuminated conditions.

The over all organization of the store was challenged by the spatial limitation of the old factory building. To maintain a coherent spatial experience while accommodating all functional areas, we decided to “extrude” the enclosed functional areas from the back-wall.

The surface of the wall “remained” on the volumes / furniture while the other surfaces “merged” with the floor. Through this manipulation we gained an articulation of the volumes in one direction and a camouflage of the volumes in elevation with a simple appearance from the outside. The materials fluctuate between a refined and rough appearance.

While the wallpaper has a subtle elegance the lamps have an industrial quality. The colors articulate the volumetric logic by continuing the dark gray of the floor or the ginger marking the sidewalls of the store. The lights, when partially dimmed, combine the white of the wallpaper, the ginger of the wall and the dark gray of the floor.

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