Rooms define behaviour.
We define rooms.
CLOSED Women / Men Zurich
CLOSED Women Frankfurt
CLOSED Men Antwerp
CLOSED Women Antwerp
CLOSED Women Poststrasse Hamburg
CLOSED Women / Men Regensburg
CLOSED Women / Men Mannheim
CLOSED Men Timmendorf
All CLOSED projects are developed by A und O Architects in cooperation with Ewa Skorupska, CLOSED Interior Designer.
Headquarters for B.E.S.T. bodylines
The rooms of an old theater in Frankfurt Main were transformed for a fashion house by A und O. These new headquarters included office space, a showroom, workshops and social rooms.
A und O tailored this 400sqm dental practice to the needs of both adults and children. The various requirements for use were considered and combined, before creating an ensemble space that was based on clarity and defined through complex functions.
TBWA : The method defines the theme
The backslash in the logo reflects the company’s belief in disruptive advertising. The Fosbury Flop motif, which is projected at an angle onto the ceiling, acts as a permanent reminder to the team to never settle for conventions.
From storerooms to studios. 1.10m thick, reinforced concrete walls were broken through, and modern facades were added, to create a spacious working environment that meets high-energy saving requirements. A brand new vision, born from a 70-year-old bunker.
Boardroom for a large software provider
A video conferencing system on a par with the highest demands of the boardroom area. The space is freed-up from media technology installations with boutique, built- in, table front screens. A joint project with Intermediate Engineering Hamburg.
Trade Fair Concepts
How do you showcase over 100 styles of kitchen, to avid cooking enthusiasts, in the smallest possible space? And how can you tickle the senses without overloading the exhibit with decoration? One-way is to install an upside down Oyster dinner on the ceiling of the booth and reflect it in the highly polished steel surface of the central kitchen area.
A complex brand strategy reduced to the essentials. Through a minimal room concept, the two brands cat and MAK were successfully showcased under the umbrella brand of Caterpillar. This confident approach breathed new life into the brands reputation as a global player in the services and refit sectors.
CLOSED at Pitti Uomo in Florence
For the previous season visitors experienced the CLOSED archive ("SECURE ARCHIVE"). For the following season we introduced the next level of security – the closed vault ("PROTECTED AREA").
ThyssenKrupp Shipyards. Blohm + Voss / North Sea Works
A "dry dock" as a fully functioning showroom for exhibits and media presentations, with the addition of a luxury lounge. This unique space brought to life a three-pronged strategy under the umbrella of ThyssenKrupp shipyards.
German Pavilion for the initiative of renewable energy and energy efficiency
This development and design concept for the German Pavilion included our first, round interactive information module. This was combined with coordinated themes and artwork, which were projected onto a floating 360°cylinder. A particular challenge of the project was the installation of the system worldwide.
‘Future made’ by Weidmüller
A sleek, self-contained presentation space that functions as a future lab, and knowledge hub. Designed to help decode the complex relationships of industrial information technology, with a specific focus on Isotropic networks.
Körber PaperLink at DRUPA
Körber PaperLinks first appearance at DRUPA in Dusseldorf was as an umbrella brand. The stand was designed to represent companies from both Germany and Italy. Eight Brands, presented through three systems, as a unified group. Visitors were greeted by a central reception, and then guided to their specific area of interest.
Humboldt Forum Berlin: Towards the realization
A retrospective celebration of the brothers Humboldt, which explores their influence on the contemporary world. Visitors are guided through each topic of the exhibit along a sequential path of knowledge.
From Ships: The art of always re-inventing oneself
An exhibition that explores Blohm + Voss ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, and covers eight periods of innovation between 1877 and 2012. The exhibition comprises a new look at the swarm of yard numbers and includes a timeline of build numbers since the founding of the shipyard in 1876. Detailed model ships help pick out key events in an illuminated display.
125 years Blohm + Voss
A mega theater in the B&V shipbuilding hall was cleared and transformed into a ballroom for this event, which celebrated the production process. For the highlight of the gala a segment of a ship’s bow was driven into the audience.
Design and Production of brand spaces
We translate the values and attitude of a brand into the language of a room. As architects we can develop a unique platform for the exchange of products and customer needs.
Raising your company’s profile is our top priority.
We understand that your appearance at trade fairs is a continuous reflection of your company, its communication objectives and values.
We therefore aim for exceptional results that truly capture the enthusiasm and relevance of each project.
Our goal is to create a coherent overall picture that strengthens the identity of your company, and increases consumer confidence in your business. This applies not only to visitors but also, and more crucially, to employees themselves.
Architecture and design are becoming more consciously used as a means of communicating the persona and attitude of a company. We only come into contact, in a physical way, with a company’s values via their place of work.
Ultimately, it is the experiences that we have from these places of work that help us to interpret a company’s culture in our minds.
Our aim is to understand a company’s culture, then translate and describe it in a physical space.
Often it is the simple and unexpected touches that suddenly change our perception of a company, which leads us to form more positive discussions with them.
Only when an exhibition has a successful narrative form can an exhibition be deemed a success.
In collaboration with curators, academic staff and artists we develop a theme. From there we design an overall concept that comprises scenic and narrative spaces.
We are convinced that an exhibit only comes to life, and becomes a true experience, through close collaboration of various disciplines, shared knowledge and a shared understanding.
The development of exhibition spaces, interactive installations, special display cases and lighting concepts are included in our craft.
Events that remain unforgettable often come from the context of a space that makes a specific staging possible.
To find such premises and develop their potential thematically, and according to the occasion, is our strength.
For this we analyze the possibilities and the peculiarities of the space and create temporary spaces that remain alive in the memory far beyond the event.
We see ourselves as a consultant and designer in close cooperation with the customer, the event agency or the drama director and explore what is possible from a common perspective.
A und O Architects - Room for brands
A und O Architects was founded in Hamburg in 1991.
From the very beginning the focus, in addition to classical architectural work, has been the conception and design of trade fair and exhibition projects.
Through a growing knowledge in the conceptual development of national and international trade fairs, for small and medium-sized enterprises, they have continuously developed their consulting and project management services.
From 1991 a vast number of stands have been implemented worldwide for the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs. Through this experience A und O have built up a competent and experienced international network.
At the end of 2002 Kai Müller Liebenau and Tim Schulz, decided to combine their knowledge and experience. Since then A und O Architects has operated as a partner company with four permanent staff.
Since 2004 the team have consulted on and development numerous small and medium-sized enterprises for trade fairs and exhibitions.
Kai has been active as an exhibition and trade fair designer since 1984. In 1989 he led the "Preuss Far East" offices in Singapore. In 1991 he founded the A und O Architects in Hamburg.
Tim worked as a senior product designer at the Suxdorf Studios, Hamburg until 1995. Following this he worked independently in the field of interior architecture and exhibition design. During this time Tim began cooperating with A und O Architects.
A und O Architekten
Kai Müller-Liebenau, Innenarchitekt (HAK)
Tim Schulz, Architekt (HAK)
UST-ID-Nr.: DE 226209150
ON Grafik. Tom Wibberenz
A und O Architekten
Projektteam „125 Jahre B+V“
Abendprogramm: G. Möbius, Madeleine Lang, Prof. Thomas Hettwer
Abendregie: Michael Batz
Veranstaltungskonzept, Veranstaltungsarchitektur, Lichtinszenierung:
Michael Batz und Kai Müller-Liebenau
A und O Architekten, Hamburg:
Michael J. Koch
Mayasari F. Zoesmar
Designbüro Michael Päpke, Kiel:
Dr. Annegret Erb
"VON SCHIFFEN UND DER KUNST, SICH IMMER WIEDER NEU ZU ERFINDEN."
Kirk R. Williams: Recherche, Text, Bildredaktion
Sven Williams: Grafikdesign
Klaus Frahm: Fotografie
FCB Hamburg, Olympus, Sharp, Blohm+Voss, ThyssenKrupp Werften, Mankiewicz, SAACKE, Zodiac Aerospace, Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie, Waldemar Link, Körber Paper Link, Caterpillar, Hummel Küchen, Weidmüller, E.C.H Will, ZVEI, TBWA, CLOSED, Hauni, 81hours/dear cashmere, Urologikum Lübeck, Zahnärztliche Praxis P. Busch, Simonsen by Simonsen, BRAUN Hamburg
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