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Made in Germany, meet in Venice

'Made in Germany' stands for quality, perfection and reliability. German companies FSB, Gira and KEUCO have joined up as POINTS of Contact to make specifying for existing and eco-conscious projects easier

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Refurbishment is one of the key themes in German architecture at the moment. Architects are taking existing buildings and coming up with innovative ideas to give them new uses and interpretations. This approach gives projects a connection to site, while continuing their social relevance to a context. Yet the challenge remains for these kind of projects on how to maintain Germany's high climate and energy-saving standards alongside retaining existing structures, which can be a particularly problematic for modernisation schemes. The goal is to reduce energy consumption in an efficient but aesthetically pleasing way.

FSB, Gira and KEUCO are three German companies which have taken this agenda to the heart of their products. They provide refurbishment and modernisation schemes with functional and sustainable solutions to create added value – from ironmongery and building control to bathroom accessories respectively. Not only are the products manufactured in Germany (thereby minimising associated transportation), sustainability is developed and practised in all areas of production, with a strong sense of responsibility for future generations. In recognition of the group's work, a large number of the companies’ products, which are long-lasting, able to be retrofitted or save water, have been granted international certificates for their environmental credentials and and sustainability.

To meet the brands and their products, join them at this year's Venice Architecture Biennale. During the opening week (25 May to 1 June 2016) FSB, Gira and Keuco invite international architects to the POINTS of Contact Meeting Point at the Palazzo Contarini Polignac. The Meeting Point in Venice is likely the biggest event of its kind and happens for the third time this year. To attend registration is required at www.points-of-contact.com

  • Private house 'Just K' in Tübingen by AMUNT Architekten is fitted with FSB door handle 1106 by Christoph Mäckler and window handles 34 3402 and 34 1146
    Private house 'Just K' in Tübingen by AMUNT Architekten is fitted with FSB door handle 1106 by Christoph Mäckler and window handles 34 3402 and 34 1146
  • With the KNX system, Gira combines various home technology elements for building automation
    With the KNX system, Gira combines various home technology elements for building automation
  • The bathroom fitting 'Edition 400' conceived by the design agency Tesseraux + Partner in Potsdam, is a sensuous element in KEUCO's full range of bathroom furnishings.
    The bathroom fitting 'Edition 400' conceived by the design agency Tesseraux + Partner in Potsdam, is a sensuous element in KEUCO's full range of bathroom furnishings.
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