Situated in a prominent position near Cologne cathedral and the museums, the choice of the listed Dischhaus consistently pursues the concept of the special location for a Manufactum Emporium. The building, in the style of the “Neue Sachlichkeit” (variously known as “New Sobriety” or “New Objectivity”), has been carefully restored in the last few years and thus offers an appropriate exhibition room for the carefully assembled product range.
Following the “endless” curve of the façade, the interior cautiously incorporates the design elements of the architect Bruno Paul. The Dischhaus is one of Bruno Paul’s most important buildings and the best-known testimony to the New Building wave in Cologne. The co-founder of the Deutscher Werkbund (German Work Federation) had already made his name as a furniture designer before the Dischhaus was built – from the expensive luxury fittings in ocean liners to the development of fitted unit furniture for series production. For the presentation of the products, landau + kindelbacher developed a special modular system enabling an autarkic display of the wares and helps customers to experience the specialties of the location. This system was first used in the Munich branch of Manufactum and slightly modified and extended for the Cologne branch. In addition to the classical Manufactum assortment, the visitor can drop by the bread and butter shop for refreshments or consult the adjoining pharmacy in all areas of personal hygiene. Two independent entrances offer a choice between a short shopping route and a leisurely stroll through the different areas of the range of products.
Client: Manufactum Hoof und Partner KG
Task: Implementation of corporate architecture, shop design
Date of Completion: 2008
Landau + Kindelbacher Architects Interior Designers