Archetech Issue 30 2017 - Page 27

creative aesthetics or do you attach importance to functional quality and the integration in the urban or rural environment? In contrast to the artist, the architect always has the task of giving the functional requirements of everyday life a form and an environment. If one is looking for a short defi nition for this, it can only be “Form follows Function“. Despite that, importance must also be attached to the form, to emotion, eff ect and identity. Identity-forming buildings require a clearly defi ned, comprehensible architecture with functional advantages, but above all with an emotional eff ect. That is why convincing architecture always is form as expression of emotionality. 6. Techniques such as digital printing open up amazing and almost unlimited aesthetic possibilities. This also and especially applies to ceramic facades. Do you prefer project-specifi c special productions or do you also work with high-quality standard solutions, or can you imagine a “harmonious co- existence“ of both schools of thought? This always depends on the respective situation and task defi nition. The possibilities of the standard solutions already provide immense design scope down to the details. Thus, it is not always necessary to work with an absolute novelty or special production. Sometimes, however, it suggests itself to further develop the possibilities of the material if a particular building project or situation gives reason to this. 7. For BAU 2017 trade fair at Munich, Hadi Teherani Design created an With its pre-elementing and its stony look, ceramics conveys the tectonic approach of architecture in a particular way. It is a durable, hard and very resistant material of high haptic value, but nevertheless very genuine and natural. 8. Within the framework of this presentation, you were intensively dealing with raw materials for the production of ceramics, their processing as well as the diverse end products. Which new aspects and facts could you discover with regard to ceramic facades? I was surprised by the variety of methods for the production of ceramic facades and the completely diff erent look created in this way. The spectrum extends from plane large formats to structured profi les and on to special individual forms. Besides the rough clay look, the range of surfaces also includes coloured glazed solutions in diff erent degrees of gloss or sophisticated printed designs. me, however, this material also owes its special charm to its noble, particularly demanding and durable character. 10. Ceramics is one of the oldest materials at all. At the same time, it is a highly innovative material which is used, for example, in the aerospace industry and stands out thanks to special characteristics. Which potentials do you see for the use of ceramics in the building sector in the future? Sustainability will continue to be the main subject of our time. The natural and durable ceramic material has excellently proved itself in this respect. Its great potential for realizing free, innovative structures and surfaces even permits highly individualized designs. A particularly interesting feature in my opinion is the “HT“ coating of Agrob Buchtal, which eliminates air pollutants and thus turns every building into a kind of “vertical urban forest“. Because it is the architect’s task to fi nd comprehensive solutions and to attach equal importance to urban development, ecology, economy, identity and emotion. www.agrob-buchtal.de www.ehsmithfacades.co.uk 9. Are there certain types of buildings or “situations“ for which you could imagine ceramic facades? Especially in the case of large closed surfaces of museums, shopping worlds and residential buildings, ceramics permits to return to fi ligree segmentation and proportionality, which often gets lost at big “monumental“ projects. To The fascinating aspects of ceramics were staged by hadi Teherani Design at the BAU 2017 (Munich) by an interactive presentation in the central area of the AGROB BUCHTAL stand. Hadi Teherani Architect: ECE, London Apartment building, Thurston Road (Lewisham / UK) Architect: RHWL, London Hotel Orchard (Nottingham / UK) impressive presentation setting for the building material of ceramics in general and f XYH\[ZX[\X[\[B[HوH[وQԓЈPS H\H[H\[]YH\›X]\X[