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Advantages

Step back from the world and still remain close to nature

Open 360° natural light and life concept
Raised entrance to provide LOFT ambiance
Flexible usability – Modular system inside and outside to enhance & easy change space from showroom to working, living, shop
Free space principle allows a fully free individual interior design from open space to partition walls or removable rooms
No space loss principle – multiple usage of space enhances net space by 30%
Generous room design – e.g. shower 1,25m*1,25m

Mobile solution to allow quick installation and changing a location
Open design concept to make use of all existing and future materials and systems
Natural airflow principle
Low energy consumption with triple glazing heat reduction glass panels with 0,6 k-value
Noise reduction glass panels with 41db
Barrier free inside

Use of high quality, long lasting material
Handcrafted product engineered in Germany
Time zone oriented manufacturing principle
Steel frame main structure for high wind loads and earthquake ability
Short production time of below twelve weeks
Fixed Installation time between one to four weeks
Turn key with fixed prices above ground level
10 years warranty on the structure
 

Integrated Living Concept

The concept of a cube-shaped living space combines two themes perfectly.
What does a minimal yet spacious living space that avoids non–utilizable auxiliary areas look like and how can a 360° light concept be realized?
The result is the LoftCube which combines all important functions – including living, sleeping and working as well as kitchen and bathroom facilities.landscape living concept – connections | apart | united | horizontal | diagonal | landscape | satellite



 

Transformation from one room to the next.
Landscaped interiors are designed by linking LoftCubes with the help of gangways.
In this concept, each individual LoftCube takes on the function of an autonomous room.
The transformation from room to room that is so important for creatives is made possible by means of different gangways, which produce beautiful, individual arrangements in the landscaped interior.
Narrow gangways support the concept of autonomous, separate rooms while wide gangways create a fluid, spacious transition between the rooms.
An ideal supplement is provided by our gangways for sloping sites. They allow for independent arrangements of steps within the landscape. The LoftCube supports and the gangways take into account the need to separate some areas despite a spacious living installation.
A freely-designed space – an expression of personality.
 

structure – body | steelframe structure | wooden façade | roof + bottom membrane | high gloss fibreglass

The specially developed supporting and non-visible steel construction made of hot-dip galvanized steel creates the framework for the floors and ceilings. This framework is joined directly to the application points via hot-dip galvanized steel supports. (Dieser satz scheint eine Wiederholung zu sein. Kann man es anders ausdrücken?)
The wood façade that was also created especially for the LoftCube gives it an elegant and precious appearance while the colour selected for the wood creates the desired warmth.
The membrane used for the roof and floor is a polar-white Ferrari 8000 membrane of the kind used for stadium roofs, airports and Formula 1 racetrack covering. It is technically and optically the best roofing membrane available on the market.
The appearance characteristic of the LoftCube is achieved with the high-gloss fibreglass forms used in yacht construction. These allow for beautiful organic shapes and at the same time extremely long-lasting (extremely durable?). These structures are not supporting elements and this has several advantages: as a result new colours and forms can be fitted within the space of a day, without the need to disassemble the entire structure.
The LoftCube supports are enclosed by fibreglass gaiter clamps. The complete energy supply for the LoftCube is concealed behind the supports.
 

façade - façades | strong wood | raico façades system | heat + protection glass | louvre | sliding door

 

This façade, developed specially for the LoftCube, allows for a very flexible approach to the design, so that every available façade element and glass element can be installed, whether transparent, matt, or coloured, with blinds or heating, open or closed, or any other desired construction.
The four supporting, visible wood façades have been constructed using a RAICO-façade system and give the LoftCube its elegant appearance.
The façades form the outer walls, which have been equipped with frameless low-e (low-e?) double glazing. The windows are installed flush with the floor and ceiling and a light-flooded interior that provides a fantastic all-round view. The high-quality glass is constructed from the exterior to the interior using 8mm toughened safety glass, 27 mm space between the panes, low-e foil, 2 * 5 mm LSG with 0,75 mm foil (1,1 k-value and 36 db).
Should higher heat insulation levels be required, we recommend the use of blinds in the space between the panes, or triple glazing.
The laminated glass protects the LoftCube from uninvited guests (diesen Satz finde ich etwas seltsam. Vielleicht bedeutet dass eher: The laminated glass shields the person in the LoftCube from the view of strangers ODER: the laminated glass prevents uninvited guests from entering the cube).
Louvres can be used as sun-shading devices and as individual design elements. On the one hand these are pleasant eye-catchers that create a warm atmosphere when the sun shines through them, and on the other hand they are very practical as they provide a wonderful protection from the sun.
They are therefore mainly installed in the south and the west, or if an additional screen or a special “sunray” effect is desired.
One variation of shading is the use of aluminium blinds in the space between the window panes. This is an elegant solution, not only in terms of sun-shading but also because the blinds protect the LoftCube by night from all too penetrating gazes.
The entrance door is a wooden sliding door that is integrated into the façade. The sliding system allows for easy handling while at the same time the lock system guarantees the required level of security.  

floor . ceiling . heating . cooling - individual floor | stretched ceiling | heating systems | cooling systems

 

The floor construction consists of a variable component and a fixed component Draft of roof structures
 


 

The floor finish can be selected individually and is specified during the phase in which the quote is prepared. A floor finish from our range is included in the starting price. During the process of individual configuration, we are also happy to install floors for special requirements.
Our ceilings, with their high quality surfaces without joints, have a striking appearance. We use lacquer stretch ceilings for finish, by the Swiss manufacturers Ciling, hence guaranteeing an optimum, homogenous appearance. In addition, these ceilings are environment-friendly as they have been made of a high-performance membrane material, manufactured using the latest technology and free of lead, cadmium, mercury, PCP, PCB and silicon.
In an open blue (blue system?) system such as the LoftCube, all methods for heating and cooling available on the market can be implemented. Whether they are environment-friendly solar solutions, an air heat exchanger, or air conditioning systems with integrated ceiling heating, floor heating or glass heating, we are happy to help you make your choice.
 

stairway - stairways | stainless steel | wood | single | grand | veranda


 

The LoftCube can be accessed via a 1250 mm wide stairway, which was developed especially for the LoftCube and is connected to its underside. This gives it a special lightweight appearance and allows it to be integrated perfectly into the overall design of LoftCube.
The stairway that welcomes the LoftCube owner and visitors is based on a steel construction with wooden steps and a platform in front of the door. A stainless steel railing, which also has a very minimal design in order not to conceal the view of the LoftCube, rounds off the elegant appearance of the stairs.
A double-width stairway is available as an individual fitting, which can at the same time be used as a stepped terrace on which one can enjoy reading a fascinating book or relaxing on a gel-recliner.
Handicaped people can be lifted to the entrance platform by a small wheelchair carrier beneath the staircase.
If desired we are also happy to plan completely integrated terraces.
 

home management - home communication | touchpanel | heating | cooling | light | music | television


 

Enjoy the music of nature - or turn your home entertainment on.
Operate the intelligent LoftCube with ease. The LoftCube welcomes its occupant with a sophisticated home management system. From lighting scenarios and air conditioning to home entertainment. Loving attention to detail and beautiful surfaces characterize the LoftCube control elements and switches.
The smart house concept is based on the fact that all products are capable of ‘speaking’ to one other. With a single touch control panel, a wide range of options is available in every part of the LoftCube. This is the basis for the integrated home management system.
The power supply cables are fed invisibly along the façade and into the floor and ceiling. The complete control system for the LoftCube is concealed in the electrics cabinet. This cabinet with its high quality finish is integrated flush with the façade of the LoftCube and has been designed as a special piece of furniture.
If desired, the complete building services with EIB-Bus technology can be concealed behind the white painted doors using Touchlogic. This cupboard is constructed in such a way that an extension at a later date, for example in the form of the attachment of further LoftCubes or the conversion to EIB-technology can be realised without any difficulty.
The exact configuration with switches, touchscreen, telephone, antenna, internet etc. will be defined during the phase when the offer is made and will be noted in the floor plan together with additional installations for security technology or individual requests, if desired.
We install systems by Berker in the LoftCube. The facility is doubly secured according to European standards and complies with the current norms and technical connection conditions of 220 V or 110 V according to the country.
 

Earthquakes and Structures

Basic principles

Each building has its own resonance frequency. These must not be too similar to the excitation frequency of an earthquake in order not to increase the evoked vibrations (resonance). Resonance frequencies can be influenced by the bulk and rigidity of the building supporting structure or by the decoupling of the supporting structure from the subsoil using special absorbing elements in the foundation and other vibration absorbers. However these possibilities are limited.

The best solution is to select a supporting structure that is able to provide for sufficient energy consumption and also absorbs the dynamic kinetic energy in a manner that is specific. In the process, distortions and also damage to the structure are incorporated and it is possible to a large extent to prevent the structure collapsing.
 

Earthquake resistance

In the LoftCube, tried and tested recommendations for earthquake safety are implemented.

1. Selection of appropriate material

Steel is the preferred material in earthquake zones. This is because it has a high level of formability. Steel can assimilate vibrations better than stone or other brittle materials due to its dissipation ability, in other words the ability of a supporting structure to absorb vibrational energy. This characteristic is thanks to the high breaking strain of steel.
In the case of the LoftCube, the structure relevant for the statics is made of steel.

2. The best way to select the supporting structure

The use of a frame structure is beneficial as long as the rigidity of the individual construction elements has been well coordinated.
The use of construction elements that are able to absorb the vibrational energy make the steel supporting structure a suitable construction type for earthquake zones.
In the case of the LoftCube, the supporting structure is a steel framework construction. The facades are also made using a steel framework construction.
Furthermore, elastomere is used between each of the individual layers of steel and guarantees an additional layer of absorption between the supporting structures.

3. Taking soil properties into account

Experience has shown that the construction of the building should be carefully coordinated with the soil conditions. “Flexible” building constructions should be built on hard rocky ground while more rigid structures have a higher resistibility towards earthquakes on softer ground. The reason for this is the transmission of the seismological shocks to the building construction.
In the case of the LoftCube, the use of elastomere takes the soil conditions into account.

4. Facilitating the uninhibited oscillation of the structure in the case of an earthquake

It is beneficial to reduce the transmission of the vibrations between the building and the ground.
In the case of the Loftcube, elastomere is implemented as a decoupling element, both in the Loftcube itself between the individual layers of steel (analogue to the bridge work), and if required, between the foundation and the steel supports.

5. Selecting a stable floor plan

Special attention should be paid to the floor plan. Rectangular buildings in which the length is a maximum of three times the width, are considered to be particularly stable.
The length of the LoftCube is a maximum of double the width.

6. Selecting a stable height

In addition, the building should be at maximum four times as high as the width as otherwise horizontal displacements may occur. This would result in the building collapsing.
In the case of the LoftCube, the height is always less than the width.

7. Diverting the building weight downwards

The lighter the building is higher up, the better.
In the case of the LoftCube, the steel used for the roof is only 2/3 as heavy as that of the floor.

8. Taking wind loads into account

The strength of the potential wind loads is an initial indicator for the stability of the building.
The LoftCube is calculated to withstand wind loads of up to 150 km/h.