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                                                                                                                                                                                                       Demands placed
                                                                                                                                                                                                       on modern office
                                                                                                                                                                                                       have        seen
                                                                                                                                                                                                       constant growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                       in recent years:
                                                                                                                                                                                In addition to functional aspects,
                                                                                                                                                                                issues such as acoustics, design
                                                                                                                                                                                and feel are among the central
                                                                                                                                                                                aspects which are used to assess
                                                                                                                                                                                a workplace environment. REHAU
                                                                                                                                                                                has been looking at the development
                                                                                                                                                                                and optimisation of polymer-based
                                                                                                                                                                                system solutions, including the office
                                                                                                                                                                                furniture industry and innovative
                                                                                                                                                                                interior furnishings, for over 60 years.

                                                                                                                                                                                In order to continue expanding our
                                                                                                                                                                                role as the leading system supplier
                                                                                                                                                                                and address the requirements of
                                                                                                                                                                                end users and planners of work
                                                                                                                                                                                environments in our role as a source
                                                                                                                                                                                of innovations, REHAU decided to
                                                                                                                                                                                establish a competition for young

                                                                                                                                                                                One of the objectives of this compe-
                                                                                                                                                                                tition was to allow REHAU to connect
                                                                                                                                                                                with architects, interior designers
                                                                                                                                                                                and designers; the specialists who
                                                                                                                                                                                will be planning and implementing
                                                                                                                                                                                the work environments of the future.

ARCHITECTURE – INTERIOR DESIGN – FURNITURE                                                                                                                                      The chosen theme for the REHAU
                                                                                                                                                                                ARCHITECT CHALLENGE, "MUT
                                                                                                                                                                                GENUG? GUT GENUG?", which
REHAU – A CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT PARTNER                                                                                                                                          means "BRAVE ENOUGH? GOOD
                                                                                                                                                                                ENOUGH?", has been designed to
"Architecture denotes the harmony and unison of all components at such a level that allows nothing to be added, removed                                                         awaken and promote the creative
or changed without destroying the whole." - as coined by Leon Battista Alberti in 1452. A statement which could very well                                                       potential among young architects
                                                                                                                                                                                and designers. In this vein, REHAU
be discussed today - a time in which attributes such as flexibility, mobility and modularity have become essential features.                                                    products should be inspiring, and
                                                                                                                                                                                also move participants towards new
Architecture, and in particular interior    This also creates new demands on           and the development of its own design       and planners as very important. We           ideas in terms of design, function
design, has become changeable - for         architecture, the design of living and     collection for the RAUVOLET acoustic-       monitor the design and architecture          and application.
very simple reasons: life has become        work environments, and associated          line, which supports the zoning of office   aspects of the market so we are in a
faster, requirements have changed,          furnishing and furniture. As a develop-    environments, have also underlined          position to pick up on trends very early     The response to the competition
work processes are subject to conti-        ment partner for suppliers to the office   REHAU's role as a creative development      on and include them into our product         was very good, and the results of
nuous optimisations and developments.       furniture industry, and in its role as a   partner for the industry.                   development process. Furthermore, we         the numerous submissions were
We can see an ever increasing level         modern employer, REHAU has long been       Thinking about tomorrow - today.            would also like to support architects with   inspiring. A particular feature of the
of networking, particularly in the work     addressing these issues and providing      Through its commitment to future            the appropriate product solutions as part    submitted drafts was the diversity
environment. In this vein, requirements     the industry with new impulses. By         networks such as "future_bizz" or           of the creative process," says Andreas       in product solutions in the area of
- such as communication requirements        developing the sound-absorbing             invitations to architecture competi-        Albig, manager of REHAU’s furniture          surfaces, acoustics and opening and
- have also changed. Individual of-         RAUVOLET acoustic-line profile, the        tions and design awards, REHAU has          business division.                           closing aspects. In addition, they also
fices have been replaced by "open plan      company established an important           consistently focused on the require-                                                     explored the limits of our materials.
offices", and individual-based tasks have   milestone in terms of improving room       ments of tomorrow, and supports             More information on REHAU’s projects
been turned into team projects.             acoustics. The idea of decorative sur-     trendsetting projects and developments.     and developments can be found on the         Visitors will get an exclusive oppor-
                                            face printing for tambour door systems     "We regard this exchange with architects    following pages.                             tunity to view the winning project of
                                                                                                                                                                                the REHAU ARCHITECT CHALLENGE
                                                                                                                                                                                2010 at Orgatec and obtain a
                                                                                                                                                                                refreshing new look at the world of
                                                                                                                                                                                our system solutions in the office
                                                                                                                                                                                area - for our readers, some of this
                                                                                                                                                                                information will be featured on the
                                                                                                                                                                                following pages. Enjoy.
 Discovering creative potential             The ideal office by team "Schaltraum"      Orgatec Trade Fair 2010                     Thinking about tomorrow - today
 REHAU ARCHITECT CHALLENGE                  Modular start-up office                    Innovations for modern offices              Commitment to future networks                Nils Wagner, Manager of
                         Pages 2 - 6                                       Page 5                                       Page 7                                 Page 8           Corporate Architecture REHAU                                                                                                                                                                                            Construction

An architect's most important business card is much bigger than 85 x 55 millimetres:
one's own office, the multifunctional workplace, the creative place where ideas are
born, the customised studio - exactly what the REHAU ARCHITECT CHALLENGE 2010
was all about.

The competition                              The prize                                   for participation, as the layout was only   first components of their possible future   workplace ergonomics and ensure
This was the first year REHAU established    The competition had another unique          designed to create a uniform starting       office furnishings on a haptic level and    the general functionality of individual
the REHAU ARCHITECT CHALLENGE                feature - the first prize consists of       point for the participants of the           explore the features of the products.       components.
under the provocative theme "MUT             REHAU turning the winner's ideal            competition.
GENUG? MUT GENUG?" (= "BRAVE                 office into reality - at a value of EUR                                                 Products were divided into required         The modularity and flexibility of designs
ENOUGH? GOOD ENOUGH?"). Young                50,000.                                     Structural as well as building technology   products (e.g. 1 RAUKANTEX edge-            constituted another important grading
architects and designers from Germany,                                                   related dependencies were to be taken       band materials and 2 the solid surface      aspect, as the start-up office design
Austria and Switzerland were invited to      The task                                    into account for planning purposes, with-   material RAUVISIO mineral), which had       was required to offer options for modifi-
design their personal ideal office using a   The starting point for the design process   out becoming restricting factors. The       to be used as part of the competition,      cations and expansion, and an ability to
variety of REHAU products.                   was an architecture office for 8-14         innovative and creative implementation      and optional products which could also      adjust to new requirements in a flexible
                                             employees within the layout provided by     of interior furnishings and furniture was   be used for designing the ideal office      manner.
                                             REHAU (325 m²). However, the actual         clearly at the front and centre of this     (e.g. 3 the creative weaving material
                                             size of the office was not a criterion      competition. In this vein, participants     RAUCORD).                                   The judging process
                                                                                         were also encouraged to consider                                                        The designs were assessed by a
                                                                                         elements such as reception areas in         The grading process                         specialist panel of judges consisting of
                                                                                         addition to areas for concentration         In addition to design quality and the       architects, interior designers, designers
                                                                                         (workplaces), communication (meeting        general impression of the ideal office      and industrial scientists - more infor-
                                                                                         corners) and recreation (counters,          design, the grading process also in-        mation on the panel of judges and the
                                                                                         lounge corners).                            cluded a consideration of the maximum       difficult decision to pick the winning
                                                                                                                                     degree of innovation, creativity and the    entry for the ideal office can be found
                                                                                         The information, instructions and product   integration and application of REHAU        on the following pages.
                                                                                         samples required for the competition        products - also in view of interpretation
                                                                                         were made available to all participants     and combination of materials.               The documentation
                                                                                         following registration in the form of a                                                 You can order your personal copy of
                                                                                         starter package. After all, one of the      Notwithstanding the idea of the "ideal      the documentation about the REHAU
                                                                                         ideas was to provide the creative minds     office", there was also a need to meet      ARCHITECT CHALLENGE at
                                                                                         with an opportunity to experience the       the requirements for employee-oriented

                                                                                         1                                           2                                           3

The starter package included samples and information for the participants.

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                                                                                                                         REHAU ARCHITECT CHALLENGE 2010


JUAN HIDALGO                                   STEFAN RAPPOLD                               HENNING EHRHARDT                             TOBIAS WALLISSER                            DR.-ING. WILHELM BAUER
Architect (Dipl.-Ing.)                         Architect (Dipl.-Ing.)                       Architect (Dipl.-Ing.)                       Prof. Dipl.-Ing.                            Dipl.-Ing.
SEHW Architekten GmbH                          Behnisch Architekten                         Bottega + Ehrhardt Architekten               LAVA                                        Fraunhofer IAO

Juan Hidalgo studied at the TU Ber-            Stefan Rappold completed his                 Henning Ehrhardt has been providing his      Tobias Wallisser founded the firm LAVA      Dr. Wilhelm Bauer completed his stu-
lin and the University of California at        architecture studies at the "Technische      skills to a number of different architec-    (Laboratory for Visionary Architecture)     dies focusing on Industrial Engineering,
Berkeley. During his career, he worked         Hochschule Stuttgart" and worked for         ture firms since 1990. He has worked as      together with Chris Bosse and Alexander     Ergonomic and Data Processing
in the offices of Daniel Libeskind and         renowned architecture firms such as          an architect in Stuttgart, Munich, Zurich    Rieck in 2007. The firm works as an         at Stuttgart University in 1983, and
Carsten Roth.                                  Jauss + Gaupp in Friedrichshafen and         and New York. Between 1995 - 2006,           international network of specialists with   subsequently graduated with a Dr.-Ing.
                                               Dollmann & Partner in Stuttgart.             he was a lecturer at Stuttgart University,   offices in Stuttgart, Sydney and Abu        degree.
Juan Hidalgo is a partner at SEHW                                                           where he obtained a guest professor-         Dhabi.
Architekten, a group of architects which       He has been working with Behnisch            ship in 2006.                                                                            He has been with the Fraunhofer
has done successful work in designing          Architekten since 2000, where he also        Since 1998, he has been managing his         From 1997 to 2007, Mr. Wallisser was        Institute since 1984.
and implementing a number of different         participated in the draft design for the     own renowned architecture firm Bottega       Associate Architect and Creative Director
building tasks in building construction        WIPO headquarters in Geneva, among           + Ehrhardt Architekten with partner          at the UNStudio van Berkel&Bos in           In 2009, Dr. Wilhelm Bauer became
and interior design since 1997.                other projects.                              Giorgio Bottega; the company became          Amsterdam. In his role as project archi-    acting Managing Director at the IAO
                                                                                            a GmbH (company with limited liability)      tect, he was responsible for the design     and the Institute for Human Factors
Well-known projects of SEHW Archi-             He is currently working as a project         in 2007.                                     and implementation of the Mercedes-         and Technology Management (IAT) at
tekten include various redevelopments          partner in the construction of Harvard’s                                                  Benz Museum in Stuttgart.                   Stuttgart University, as well as manager
at the Klinikum Charité Berlin and the         Allston Science Complex in Cambridge         In 2004, Henning Ehrhardt was                He has been teaching "Digital Drafting"     of the business area "Corporate
redevelopment and renovation of the            and the King Abdullah Financial District     appointed to the Bund Deutscher Archi-       at the Stuttgart State Academy of Arts &    Development and Work Design".
Goethe Institut in Madrid.                     (KAFD) in Riyadh.                            tekten (German Architect's Federation).      Design since 2006.

"It is always impressive what architects
and interior designers are able to come          "With respect to the submissions for                                                       "The discussions surrounding the
  up with, even if they are only given a         REHAU ARCHITECTS CHALLENGE, we                                                            designs for the REHAU ARCHITECTS
 few things to work with. A particularly          have seen very different and diverse           "It is impressive to see how so          CHALLENGE, along with the surprising         "Overall, we noted an extraordinarily
 noteworthy aspect of the submissions            interpretations of the modern office -       many totally different approaches for       interpretations of this topic, have also    wide variety and high degree of crea-
to this competition was the wide range         from completely new to more traditional       innovative space and office concepts        opened up a number of completely new         tivity with regard to the designs - and
of interpretations of the REHAU product             - and it is evident that there was       can originate from one question, and          ideas for the jury with regard to the          notwithstanding the courageous
   range. In the end, the final decision          serious consideration of the aspects      to see the high standard of the designs      design options for office environments.      interpretations, the functionality of the
 was made in favour of a design which              which must be taken into account                that have been submitted."                 The competition has unearthed            office of tomorrow was nevertheless
 involved the development of an intelli-          today or in the future, with regard to                                                     approaches that may also have a                  always at the forefront."
gent modular system, and which offers                 new communication forms."                                                                prototype character for other
  a lot of flexibility for the furnishing of                                                                                                         office situations."
          young start-up offices."

The meeting of the panel of judges for         array of designs and the wide variety
the REHAU ARCHITECT CHALLENGE was              was impressive evidence of the large
held on 8 July at the new educational          creative potential of the participants,"
centre “Prolin” in Rehau. What initially       said panel member Dr.-Ing. Wilhelm
looked like an evaluation of designs in a      Bauer. Which did not make the judges'
casual atmosphere nevertheless turned          job any easier.
out to be a very challenging and difficult
but also very exciting and diverse task,       Finally, they selected "Inspire Work", the
as the panel of judges unanimously             ideal office design by the "Schaltraum"
stated afterwards - and not just because       team. This concept was particularly
of the high temperatures.                      convincing due to the modularity and
The exhibited ideal office designs were        flexibility of furniture and use of space,   More information on the winning "Schalt-
examined, discussed and evaluated over         creating an impressive example of a          raum" team and its ideal office can be
several stages. "The exciting and rich         modern start-up office.                      found on the following pages.

DESIGN FOR FURNITURE · NO. 12 · 11/2010                                                                                                                                                                                 PAGE 3

The three young architects Christian Dahle, Christian                                      1   The submitted design concept pro-
Dirumdam and Timo Heise, who have won the REHAU                                            vides for an open office structure with
                                                                                           different zones, which are used for
ARCHITECT CHALLENGE, submitted a concept which                                             communication purposes but also offer
views the modern office as a thoroughfare,                                                 quiet workplaces. This division is not
meeting place and communications centre.                                                   implemented by way of separate rooms;
                                                                                           rather, room sections flow from one to
Their argumentation:                                                                       the next. This structure is created with
In contrast to activities related to production settings, office work is not necessarily   the five basic elements, simple building
tied to any particular place. Internet and mobile phones enable employees to work          block bodies, which can be used to
at any place, and at any time. In the foreseeable future, offices will only be used for    implement sophisticated room and             1

personal meetings with customers or colleagues. In this context, achieving flexibility     furniture concepts. Desk work boards,
in the design of office areas and open work processes are important goals. From an         mobile filing pedestal garages, a free-      number of options: from a cloak area        measurement system, which enables
interior design point of view, this "open space" concept addresses the requirements        form meeting table and moveable boxes        to a waiting area with seating, archive     simple as well as complex formations.
of an increasingly differentiated and more flexible work environment.                      expand the range of options with regard      space, storage areas and a counter with
                                                                                           to form and interior design.                 bar stools.                                 4   The architect trio addressed the re-
                                                                                                                                        An element as high as the room, which       quirement of integrating specific REHAU
                                                                                            2 To ensure that the loft character         features a glass backing, separates         products into the ideal office by using
                                                                                           was not disrupted by numerous smaller        meeting groups from the workplaces          acoustic cabinet elements, edgeband
                                                                                           units, the architect team did not insert     on the long window side on an acoustic      materials as well as a meeting table
                                                                                           walls, but managed to create different       level. At the same time, the glass          made of the solid surface material
                                                                                           room zones and hence a contemporary          component maintains visual contact and      RAUVISIO mineral. The free form of
                                                                                           office ambience based on furnishings         ensures that the centre of the room still   the meeting table uses the immense
                                                                                           alone. The entrance leads directly to the    receives an adequate amount of light.       flexibility inherent in the properties of
                                                                                           reception and secretariat area. On the                                                   this material. In addition, the design of
                                                                                           back, this zone is closed off by a library    3 Using the five basic elements, it        the form also allows for a great variety
                                                                                           element. On the long side, opposite the      is possible to implement a number of        of different meeting constellations: from
                                                                                           window, the young architects placed a        different room and furniture concepts.      confidential two-person meetings to
                                                                                           shelving wall, which offers an immense       The elements are based on a modular         large groups.

                                                                                           2                                            3                                           4

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                                                          THE WINNERS OF THE REHAU ARCHITECT CHALLENGE 2010

                                                                                                                                                                                   everyone has their own ideas.
                                                                                                                                                                                   We have developed a very good
                                                                                                                                                                                   discussion culture. Everyone is open
                                                                                                                                                                                   to the arguments of the other per-
                                                                                                                                                                                   son. We have already been working
                                                                                                                                                                                   together for several years, and know
                                                                                                                                                                                   that our joint understanding of architec-
                                                                                                                                                                                   ture works well. So it is no longer about
                                                                                                                                                                                   everyone's taste but about finding the
                                                                                                                                                                                   right solution.

                                                                                                                                                                                   Was it difficult to integrate the specified
                                                                                                                                                                                   REHAU products?
                                                                                                                                                                                   Not particularly. First you need the
                                                                                                                                                                                   basics, hence the architectural outline.
                                                                                                                                                                                   Only then do we look at the products
                                                                                                                                                                                   and integrating them into our plan.
                                                                                                                                                                                   Integrating the RAUVOLET acoustic-line
                                                                                                                                                                                   tambour door system and working with
                                                                                                                                                                                   edgeband materials did not pose any
                                                                                                                                                                                   problems. There was more of a focus on
                                                                                                                                                                                   selecting the colours.

Imagine yourself in the following            competitions under the name "Schalt-          us. Only further into the discussion did   just prior to this one and were about        Which REHAU product was the most
situation: You are a young architect and     raum", experienced just such a scenario       we realise that this was for real, and     to start our own company this year. So       exciting?
receive a phone call from a journalist       and were quite perplexed at the               that by winning the competition we         the REHAU competition came at just the       The solid surface material RAUVISIO
who would like to interview you and your     beginning.                                    were successful in getting our own ideal   right time.                                  mineral. We used it to design a table that
colleagues, to find out more about the                                                     office, which also creates significant                                                  utilises the properties of this material
winners of an architecture competition.                                                    potential down the road. - Who would       Were you already familiar with REHAU?        very well. It features an organic form, and
The journalist arrives, accompanied by                                                     think that a company would be bringing     Yes, but only from the construction          therefore lends itself to a variety of uses.
a young photographer. A discussion                                                         such great news to us personally.          industry. We did not know that the
quickly gets underway and an intensive                                                     Everything was very uncomplicated,         company also had great systems and           What did your family and friends say
dialogue unfolds, with questions and                                                       happy and positive - it really suited us   know-how for the furniture industry,         about winning the competition?
answers going back and forth. However,                                                     because it also corresponds with our       and that it was so well positioned in this   We received a lot of congratulations
during the interview the visitors suddenly                                                 own personalities."                        segment.                                     for a very successful year. The building
reveal themselves as representatives                                                                                                                                               blocks fit together very well, as did
of a company in whose competition                                                                                                     Was it difficult to design your own ideal    the time sequence. And, of course,
you also participated. They inform you                                                                                                office?                                      we are extremely happy about this
that you have won the first price of the                                                   Below are some of the questions            Yes, definitely. There were a lot of         award. Everybody was excited about the
competition, and hence an office valued                                                    and answers from the interview             discussions. With other competitions,        furniture system, and everyone could
at EUR 50,000. How would you react?                                                        with the “Schaltraum” team.                it did not take as long to arrive at         imagine working with it themselves. It
                                                                                                                                      solutions. Here, there was the require-      has increased people's understanding
Christian Dahle, Christian Dirumdam          "It was really difficult to comprehend it     How did you find out about the REHAU       ment of integrating certain products. In     of our work.
and Timo Heise, three young archi-           at first. There is child-like euphoria, joy   ARCHITECT CHALLENGE?                       addition, we scrutinized each step a lot
tects who have known each other since        and wanting to jump up and down, but          Through the invitation on the Baunetz      more because of the question that was        With this prize, you are taking the step
their student days and have already          also a bit of scepticism, namely whether      online service. We should also mention     always at the back of our minds: Would       towards self-employment. How do you
participated in several architecture         the "alleged reporters" were just testing     that we had won another competition        I want to work in this environment,          feel?
                                                                                                                                      what do I need for my work, what are         We are looking forward to it. Of course,
                                                                                                                                      my or our common ideas on the topic          it's a strange feeling in a way, but we
                                                                                                                                      of work?                                     have a lot of experience and are willing
                                                                                                                                                                                   to work hard. Besides, no one has to
                                                                                                                                      What is the guiding theme behind your        do it all on their own, as we have our-
                                                                                                                                      design?                                      selves, and each of us has a number of
                                                                                                                                      We looked at the layout and quickly          sub-networks.
                                                                                                                                      saw the issue that it must be possible to
                                                                                                                                      implement the concept to any other           When will the ideal office become a
                                                                                                                                      room as well. This is what is behind the     reality?
                                                                                                                                      idea of the modular furniture system,        I think we will start our own office at the
                                                                                                                                      and the need to separate certain areas;      beginning of next year. First we have to
                                                                                                                                      and to create meeting corners or             find a suitable location where the fur-
                                                                                                                                      innovation islands, as well as library and   niture can be appreciated accordingly.
 CHRISTIAN DAHLE                             CHRISTIAN DIRUMDAM                            TIMO HEISE
                                                                                                                                      reception areas.                             We are thinking about an office with a
 Dipl.-Ing. Architektur (TU)                 Dipl.-Ing. Architektur (TU)                   Dipl.-Ing. Architektur (TU)                                                             beautiful large window front, so that we
 Born 22 January 1977 in Hamburg             Born 11 January 1977 in Hannover              Born 29 June 1976 in Braunschweig          Were there a lot of discussions?             maintain a corresponding presence in
                                                                                                                                      After all, there were three of you, and      Hamburg.

DESIGN FOR FURNITURE · NO. 12 · 11/2010                                                                                                                                                                               PAGE 5

Between 26 - 30 October 2010, Cologne will again be
hosting Orgatec and become the international meeting
place around the topic "Office & Object". Innovations and
highlights for modern office environments will be introduced
under this year's theme "Work time is life time".
REHAU is also a part of this show - with numerous
innovations and a unique trade fair concept.

                                                                               It also focuses on the change that has    degree of networking with respect to         potential to revolutionise the processing
                                                                               taken place in the work environment       communication place new demands              of edgebands. Laser welding creates an
                                                                               over the past years, and which is still   on interior and furniture design. New        absolutely seamless transition between
                                                                               ongoing. Changing requirements on         solutions - modular, flexible and multi-     edgeband and board. This creates the
                                                                               the part of employees, the continuous     functional - are in high demand.             impression of a solid material, similar
                                                                               optimisation and further development                                                   to a casting - particularly in the inter-
                                                                               of work processes, and an increasing      To ensure that it remains up to date in      pretation of natural materials like wood
                                                                                                                         this area and provides the industry with     or stone.
                                                                                                                         new impulses in a proactive manner,
                                                                                                                         REHAU is continuously researching and        Of course, the focus of this year's
                                                                                                                         developing new products and system           REHAU trade fair presence will be on the
                                                                                                                         solutions.                                   REHAU ARCHITECT CHALLENGE 2010
                                                                                                                                                                      - the winning project will be exclusively
                                                                                                                         At this year's Orgatec, REHAU will be        featured at the stand in Hall 10.1,
                                                                                                                         presenting a future-oriented develop-        Stand H051, and the first components
                                                                                                                         ment in terms of modern office furniture;    of the furnishings will also be shown.
                                                                                                                         in its study about “lifting door module”-    In addition, there will be a special
                                                                                                                         a joint project with the architecture        exhibition for the winners and highlights
                                                                                                                         office "WEBERWÜRSCHINGER" - the              from the competition in Hall 10.1, Stand
                                                                                                                         multifunctional nature of furniture fronts   F031 - here, visitors can get a glimpse
                                                                                                                         and their innovative uses plays a key        of the enormous creative potential of
                                                                                                                         role.                                        competition participants.

                                                                                                                         In addition, the results of a study on       The official REHAU ARCHITECT
                                                                                                                         acoustically effective partition elements,   CHALLENGE 2010 award ceremony will
                                                                                                                         conducted by REHAU and the Coburg            also be held at Cologne's Orgatec on 26
                                                                                                                         University of Applied Sciences, will         October 2010.
     REFERENCE OBJECTS WANTED                                                                                            be presented at the REHAU trade fair
     Well-known references inform, inspire and do all the talking - because what better way to demonstrate a
     company's product quality and spirit of innovation than interesting projects and reference objects?                 Moreover, for the first time REHAU will
     For this reason, we are always looking for references that we would be happy to market together with our            also be presenting another highlight to
     customers and partners; in the form of press releases, presentations on our website - there are many ways           the "Office & Object" industry at Orgatec
     to achieve this objective.                                                                                          - a concept that has already gathered
                                                                                                                         considerable attention in the kitchen
     Are you interested?                                                                                                 and home furniture industry: the method
     Then contact us and provide us with the name of your reference!                                                     of laser welding of edgeband materials.
                                                                                                                         This novel technology, combined
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                                                                                                                         material generation, is setting new trends
                                                                                                                         in terms of surface design, and has the

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                                                                                                                                                                   INNOVATIVE STUDIES

At the end of last year, REHAU assigned
an exciting and challenging task to
the students studying on the "Interior
Design" and "Integrated Product Design"
degree programmes at Coburg
University of Applied Sciences. The young
architects and designers were asked to
develop acoustically effective partition
elements for double workplaces. On
the one hand, they were to be used                                                                                                      ARMIN P. KANANI                            TIM KONETZKA
for sound shielding and absorption                                                                                                      Born on 17 Jan. 1983 in Hildesheim         Born on 21 January 1979 in Aachen
purposes mainly in the language-                                                                                                        Education:German final secondary-          Education: German vocational diploma
relevant area; and on the other hand                                                                                                    school examinations 2003                   2000 (Special area: Design)
they should also convince through their                                                                                                 Studies in Integrated Product Design       Studies in mechanical engineering at
novel design. The study was supervised                                                                                                  at Coburg University (2004-2010)           Augsburg University (2001-2002)
by Professor Dipl.-Ing. Schricker,                                                                                                      6 month collaboration at the Institute     Studies in Integrated Product Design
Interior Design degree programme,                                                                                                       for Integrated Product Design in           at Coburg University (2003-2009)
and President of the BDIA (Bund                                                                                                         Coburg (2009)                              Freelance designer since 2009,
Deutscher       Innenarchitekten       or                                                                                               Since 2009 - self-employed with own        also research collaborator at
Association of German Interior                                                                                                          design agency "Designvollzug." in          Coburg university
Designers), as well as Professor Kampe                                                                                                  Coburg, with partners Johanna
(Head of Integrated Product Design                                                                                                      Lokotzke und Julian Böhner
degree programme).

The results are extraordinary: Seven        step, REHAU decided on a project by           employee to adjust his workplace to his      effectiveness. The responsible persons      which would achieve a uniform design
young students submitted their presen-      Armin P. Kanani and Tim Konetzka, which       or her requirements on both an acoustic      at REHAU also saw an advantage in the       for the office environment.
tations, all of which were very surpris-    convinced with a mature total concept         as well as visual level - totally customi-   option of expanding the product concept     REHAU will be introducing the product
ingly creative and satisfied the highest    and sophisticated design. The selected        sed. The selected structure allows for       of the partition element for a double       concept in the form of a study at
designer-related requirements. In a first   acoustic partition element allows each        an optimum configuration of acoustic         workplace into a room partition system,     Orgatec for the first time.

 INFO BOX "NEAR FIELD SHIELDING"                                                                                                       MULTI-FUNCTIONALITY
                                                                                                                                       IN NEW DIMENSIONS
 Direct sound shielding / Near field        that speech intelligibility is less than 30   Sound shields should be impermeable
 shielding - what to keep in mind?          percent at a distance of five metres from     to air to guarantee a minimum level
 Large offices feature a number of dif-     the workplace.                                of sound insulation; in addition,
 ferent sources of noise - from ringing                                                   they can feature a sound-absorbing           REHAU PRESENTS STUDY ABOUT LIFTING DOOR MODULES
 telephones to printers and copiers,        Beyond this limit, the cerebellum can         design on both sides - which results
 to individual employees - because it       no longer make sense of the words that        in an optimum combination of sound           Another, future-oriented study concerning multifunctional office furniture, which
 is particularly language that is consi-    are perceived, so its attention is not        shielding and sound absorption, as           will be presented at Orgatec, is a joint project with the architecture office „WEBER-
 dered as one of the biggest disruption     diverted.                                     was implemented in the REHAU study           WÜRSCHINGER“. A new, vertically adjustable front module for carcass furniture -
 factors. To prevent the drastic decre-                                                   on acoustic partition elements.              also “lifting door module” - offers maximum flexibility and can be used in a variety
 ase in concentration performance due       Particularly in the case of double work-                                                   of ways.
 to noise, the intelligent combination of   places, where two employees are sitting       High shields are most effective where
 sound absorption and shielding there-      right across from each other, there is a      the distance between source and              The diversity of today's new work methods is also accompanied by numerous new
 fore becomes a vital factor.               particularly high degree of disruption to     recipient is small, whereby the sound        requirements for room design and office furniture. Formal and informal meetings,
                                            concentration performance due to direct       shield should be placed as close as          rooms to withdraw to for recreational purposes, individual and team workplaces - all
 To achieve good concentration perfor-      sound. Direct sound transfer from the         possible to the sound source. The            of these require modular and flexible solutions.
 mance at the workplace, it is important    source to recipient must be interrupted       individual adjustability of the REHAU
 to reduce the distribution of sound as     by sound shields. Cabinets, partition         acoustic partition element therefore         With the "lifting door module", REHAU and WEBERWÜRSCHINGER have developed a
 early as possible. Sound absorption        walls/inserts between desks, or free-         means that adjustments can be made           concept which hits the nail on the head. The two-dimensional fronts can be used as
 in the near vicinity of the employee       standing walls can serve as sound             on an acoustic and visual level as           displays, whiteboards, presentation areas or pin boards, for flexible sound absorption
 is therefore a must; the reverberation     shields.                                      required.                                    and shielding, or simply as design elements.
 time must be kept to a minimum while
 at the same time maintaining a high
 degree of speech intelligibility.          Possible placement of sound absorbers in the office
                                            - Acoustic ceiling or - if the continuous installation of such a ceiling is not
 In order to reduce disruptive sound          possible - acoustic screens over the workplaces
 in large offices, it is important that     - Partition element to reduce direct sound
 speech intelligibility decreases as the    - Sound absorbers on wall areas close to speaker positions
 distance from the workplace increases.     - Acoustic furnishings or partition walls behind employees, to prevent the
 A high degree sound shielding in the         distribution of sound
 near vicinity with an adequate amount      - Cabinets, partition walls, moveable walls and shelving can be used for the
 of sound insulation areas warrants           acoustic separation of individual workplaces

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October 1, 2010 was the start date for registrations for the 8th International Design
Award 2011. Architecture and design students will have a chance to submit their
designs until 31 January 2011. The conceptual realignment of the largest student
design competition has simplified the participation process and awards universities
that tender and submit term papers.

The International Design Award 2011
searches for interior designs and
furniture concepts, and systems
which best correspond with the requirements of the next decade. The task at hand relates to the three areas; living rooms
and bedrooms, kitchen and eating areas, and office workplaces. Sought after are innovative, multifunctional and creative
designs which differentiate themselves from classic applications. The purpose of these concepts is to solve the future interplay
between living and working areas on the basis of their design, but also technological intelligence. Registrations for the
competition can be made on the official website, starting 1 October 2010.

Participation, panel of judges                 For the first time, designs for the               An international panel of judges will
and award ceremony                             International Design Award will be                be evaluating the submissions at the
Participation is open to architecture          submitted electronically. "It facilitates the     MARTa Museum in Herford on March              Prizes will be awarded as part of a         award ceremony has always been held
and design students, and for the first         submission process for students, and              1st and 2nd 2011, and announce the            ceremony which will be held at the uni-     at the Interzum trade fair in Cologne.
time also to entire classes or groups.         is also more cost-effective. We do think          winners. The five best designs will be        versity or university of applied sciences   By moving the event into the countries
The first ten universities tendering and       that this feature will lead to even more          awarded the sculpture of the Interna-         of the respective winner; this event will   of the respective winners, we wish to
submitting term papers will receive            submissions from around the world",               tional Design Award. In addition, the         be jointly organised by the companies       emphasise the global nature of this
financial support of EUR 500 each              says Andreas Albig, divisional manager            students will receive prize money of EUR      Hettich and REHAU, together with the        competition", explains Wolfgang Steib,
following the end of the competition.          for furniture at REHAU.                           2,000 each.                                   educational institution. "Until now, the    Director of Marketing and Sales at Hettich.

How will we live in 20 years? Where will we live in 20 years?
How will we work in 20 years? When we think about all the
changes that have occurred with respect to the workplace
during the last 20 years - from 1990 to the present - we can
only surmise what our daily work life may look like by 2030.
These developments became a subject of discussions of the
"future_bizz" innovation network at the recent Open Inno-
vation Workshop under the title "Future Work Environments",
which took place at REHAU, a "future_bizz" member.                                               The network                                   An interdisciplinary team which crosses     The workshop
                                                                                                 future_bizz is an association of leading      industry boundaries combines identi-        For the purpose of further developing
                                                                                                 companies in a variety of different in-       fiable trends and available studies on      these scenarios, the "Work Environ-
                                                                                                 dustries, which jointly gather knowledge      this topic, and develops images of the      ments 2030" project team issued an
                                                                                                 about the future, identify areas for action   workplaces of the future. Besides the       invitation to a creative "Open Innovation
                                                                                                 and develop ideas for innovative business     further development of present ideas        Workshop" which was held on Septem-
                                                                                                 models at the "front end of innovation".      regarding the office environments of        ber 6th and 7th 2010, at team member
                                                                                                 This work, which is conducted as part         the future, it also looks at the issues     REHAU. Approximately 30 experts from
                                                                                                 of an interdisciplinary network, bundles      related to the dissolution and realign-     large German companies (e.g. Bayer
                                                                                                 resources, combines knowledge and             ment of classic commercial workplaces       MaterialScience AG, Steelcase Werndl
                                                                                                 skills, and creates cooperation options       and work processes. In particular, the      AG, Bene GmbH) and research institu-
                                                                                                 for further projects.                         project emphasises the importance of        tions (e.g. Fraunhofer IAO, Institute of
                                                                                                                                               people in their work situations and         Ergonomics at Darmstadt University of
                                                                                                 The project                                   work relationships. What are the drivers    Technology) took up the invitation and
                                                                                                 One of these projects is "Work Environ-       behind changes at the workplace? How        discussed, evaluated and added several
                                                                                                 ments 2030" - a cooperative effort            is work done? Who is the employee of        interesting aspects to current project
                                                                                                 between the companies Hettich, Bayer          the future? These are some of the key       results.
                                                                                                 Material Science, REHAU, Vodafone             questions that are raised as part of this
                                                                                                 and Swisscom. Böttcher Consulting has         project.
                                                                                                 assumed the project manager role.

Imprint:      Published by: REHAU AG + Co, Rheniumhaus, 95111 Rehau - Editors: C. Schoedel, D. Beer, Rehau - Edition: October/November 2010
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