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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.

Geschenke Gerdes in Darmstadt, Germany by Costas Koutsoftides Architects (designed with ArchiCAD and AutoCAD)

February 18th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Costas Koutsoftides Architects

Create an interior within an existing shop that facilitates the process of making, displaying, and selling a variety of bombonieres. These items are gifts that are given out on special occasions, such as at weddings and christenings, to the guests. They usually come with 5 Jordan almonds, which for weddings, symbolises health, wealth, happiness, fertility and long life.

Image Courtesy Gerd Baum

  • Architects: Costas Koutsoftides Architects
  • Project: Geschenke Gerdes
  • Location: 28 Pfungstädter Street, Darmstadt, Germany
  • Client: Lisa Gerdes
  • Project Architect: Adam Wagg / Costas Koutsoftides of  Koutsoftides Architects
  • Photographer: Gerd Baum
  • Size: 56 sqm / 602 sqft
  • Software used: AutoCAD and ArchiCAD

Image Courtesy Gerd Baum

The items on display are often presented in gift boxes and then wrapped with ribbon. This notion of wrapping informed the first sketch, the idea of creating a singular form that folds and wraps the interior of the shop. The initial sketch proposed a volumetric element that is inserted into the existing shop and wraps around the perimeter of the interior, creating a sculptural piece that facilitates and unifies various uses; as work-bench, display, storage, and signage.

Image Courtesy Gerd Baum

The sculptural element allows the central floor space of the shop to remain clear of any additional display units, improving the circulation around the interior, allowing visitors to the shop with ample space to view and select items of interest. The various recessed slots in the walls are specific to the scale of the items that are produced by Lisa Gerdes within the shop, creating a symbiotic relationship between the display and the displayed. The colour red was chosen for the sculptural element in order to create a dramatic and bright interior that encouraged passers-by to visit the shop out of curiosity.

Image Courtesy Gerd Baum

Image Courtesy Gerd Baum

Image Courtesy Gerd Baum

Image Courtesy Gerd Baum

Image Courtesy Gerd Baum


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Categories: ArchiCAD, Autocad, Shop

One Response to “Geschenke Gerdes in Darmstadt, Germany by Costas Koutsoftides Architects (designed with ArchiCAD and AutoCAD)”

  1. Howard says:

    Thanks for sharing such a pleasant idea, article is fastidious, thats why i have read it completely

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