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The New Stuttgart City Library – Germany

Montag, 14. November 2011

A group experience amidst books

The new public library in Stuttgart, Germany officially opened its doors to the public on October, 21th, 2011. It is now one of the biggest public libraries in the world and sets important standards in Stuttgart concerning cultural aspects and the availability of knowledge and education as a social element.

Totems has completed the entire interior of the house designed by the Korean architect Eun Yuong Yi. During a two-year process dealing with these concepts, the medial presentation was analyzed, examined and finally realized. The complex challenge and the aim was to create an atmosphere of living amidst different forms of media- thus realizing a special quality of atmosphere in each and every zone and level of this building. The aim was not to just gather and collect different forms of media, but to actually live amidst them.

The interior design resembles the plain, geometric and well-structured concept of the outer appearance. Just like the books and all other media, terminals for visitors are integrated into the shelves that dominate each room. The range of books and other media is manifold: all forms of print products, data media, digital files, sheets of music, games, pictures and various collections. Highlights are special pieces of furniture. There are rooms for private as well as group studying and even areas to communicate with each other.

Already in the foyer you find elements of design that will reappear on all the other seven levels of that building. Examples are: the “Studiolo” as a room to actually reflect intensively on different concepts; service- facilities such as the information booth, self-service checkout devices, computer labs and a control system. 
Only in the basement you will find the “Skriptorium”- a modern reminiscence of the ancestor of today’s librarianship.

The special ambiance of the funnel-shaped reading room comes from shelves that are flush-mounted- thus creating a “monumental room of books”. The plain and simple furnishing adds to this effect. The shelving system was exclusively developed for this library. The system also includes facilities for the OPAC-search, for self-service checkout devices and to sit down and rest. In between the shelves you will find individual and group workstations as well as seating areas and the “Studioli”.

There are different media presentations on each level which function as showcases for visitors. A special focus was put on the furnishings of the levels of music, children and art. A “music staircase” invites you to listen to music and a sound studio gives you the opportunity to browse and compose. In order to easily change between temporary exhibitions, art is shown in a flexible room with special walls. The arrangement of the children’s library strengthens the creative influence.

The base colour of all furnishing elements corresponds exactly to the light-grey tone of all the other architectural and technical surfaces of the building. Cushioned areas are held in the CI-colour blue. A lively green dominates the children’s level. Markers on the floor are coding spaces for shelves. Separators in the shelves give orientation and create special subject areas. Cubes make the orientation within the shelve much more easy. Digital information-steles are there for orientation and information. Visitors can find different kinds of media by following these steles. On top of that they also hint at the various activities and events of the library.

“Working time is living time”

Donnerstag, 13. Januar 2011

Working Time Is Living Time
Orgatec boulevard at KölnMesse 2010

Totems created 5 installations in the shape of words for the boulevard at the Kölnmesse during the Orgatec fair. The words formed a sentence: “WORKING TIME IS LIVING TIME”. An appropriate sentence for the most important furniture trade fair show. Lightweight metal frames, hung in the middle of the space. And each word differently coated. The decoration expresses the word character:

WORKING – completely covered with post-its
TIME – is formed by textile
IS – 700 pieces LEITZ-binders, attached to each
LIVING – here a light frame, covered entirely with ivy natural material
TIME – TIME Secondly, these covered with 10,000 BIC ballpoints.

Celebrated 2 National Pavilions World Expo 2010

Donnerstag, 08. Juli 2010

Totems Amsterdam has celebrated the finishing of 2 National Pavilions of Algeria and Cyprus at the World Expo in Shanghai. While having dinner the team looked at the finished pictures of the pavilions!

Filmshoot at Cyprus

Donnerstag, 11. Februar 2010

Filming at Cyprus in December with heavy rainfalls, wind, cold but also a bit of sun…


Montag, 16. November 2009

ICSE: International Center for Sustainable Excellence, is opened! Totems is responsible for the total design of the office and exhibition spaces, auditorium and library. Totems has accomplished a great mission by using sustainable materials for the interior!

China Mobile, presents itself outside China for the first time!

Dienstag, 20. Oktober 2009

A booth presentation conceived and designed by Totems Amsterdam, produced by Pico Bejing. A sculptural façade of widely fanning out rips encloses the dynamic interior inside. The façade is partly medial and completely lit from within. Fair: ITU 2009, Geneva


Montag, 12. Oktober 2009

Project: Projection with sound
Location: Debut exhibition, Hermitage Amsterdam
Client: Hermitage Amsterdam

Amsterdam has it’s own Hermitage Museum, a satellite of the Hermitage museum in St Petersburg, Russia. From June 20th 2009 the restored and expanded museum building of the 17th century is open for the public. Visitors can see the beautiful treasures from the State Hermitage Museum.

Totems has designed for the inaugural exhibition ‘At the Russian Court’ a medial installation. The projections shows dancing people in the 19th century in the Hermitage Museum though a window, as if you were in that ballroom by yourself.


Montag, 12. Oktober 2009

Project: IBSA Bootpresentation
Location: Eshre, 2009 RAI Amsterdam
Client: IBSA
Size: 180m2


Montag, 12. Oktober 2009

Totems Amsterdam won the competition to design the Cyprus Pavilion for the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai! The pavilion represents the House of Aphrodite: The Goddess of Love and Beauty. The pavilion is made of glass, sandstone, stucco, copper and concrete. Visitors walk through media and exhibits spaces. Each space has a different experience and communication theme.Scale: total 324 sqm.


Montag, 08. Juni 2009

Work can sometimes be really hard: in this case we went to a location check near Athens. Living in a five star hotel with private beach access and visiting wonderful locations sounds very relaxing – but it wasn’t! In fact is was very exhausting. But still better than our daily office work.