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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Hairstyle Interface in Steingasse, Linz by X Architekten

November 13th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: X Architekten


For the redevelopment of the façade of the Hair Couture Salon, which is situated in a quiet side street near the busy shopping axes of the city, the function of the hairdresser’s was to be transferred to the exterior to attract attention.

Image Courtesy David Schreyer

  • Architects: X Architekten
  • Project: Hairstyle Interface
  • Location:Steingasse, Linz
  • Client: Salon Mittermeier
  • Planning data: Direct order 2006
  • Start of planning: 2006
  • Start of construction: 2007
  • Completion date: May 2008
  • Photography: David Schreyer

Image Courtesy David Schreyer


The entire façade now acts as an effective store sign through a three-dimensional architectural (hair) wave which runs along the exterior. At the same time, this dynamic design fulfils another important function: vertically, it runs like a curtain over the glazed façade, offers a degree of privacy, and thus supports the atmosphere and the character of the salon.

Image Courtesy David Schreyer

By looking different from each viewpoint in the street, the three-dimensional (hair) wave proves attractive to passers-by. The appearance of the flowing hair as well as the above inscription, were incorporated into the façade in a way that maintains the relationship with the building’s axes. In this way it harmonises extremely well with the generally uniform environment.

Image Courtesy David Schreyer


Laminated sheets, arranged vertically with varied spacing and at a right angle to the façade, were used as the material for the (hair) wave. The shapes of the individual sheets were created by a 3D construction process. The shapes were formed using a waterjet cutter. The context of the implementation also includes the colours of the laminated sheets; a golden shade literally swaying between blond and brunette. An integrated handrail in the entrance of the façade demonstrates that despite attaching importance to the basic concept, the function has always been taken into account.

Image Courtesy David Schreyer

Image Courtesy David Schreyer

Image Courtesy David Schreyer

Ground Floor & Facade

Image Facade left

System of Facade

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