supposedly there are people who think the topic of offices is boring and dry as dust. But we know better. During the preparation for this issue on offices and administration buildings, we were once again able to see for ourselves how diverse the international office landscape is. We have compiled a wide variety of office concepts and solutions for you — from small advertising agencies in the Czech Republic or the business incubator in Archena, Spain, to co-working spaces in London and Stockholm, headquarters in Oslo and Amsterdam, to new office buildings in Hamburg and Lupburg that have a strong influence on the cityscape. In the rarest of cases we have the opportunity to take a look at the lively office scene and, of course, we know: An office environment only looks tidy and perfectly staged for an appointment with the photographer. So, it was all the more interesting for me to visit the office by the Norwegian architects at Snøhetta (picture above). Those who want to find out more about the Norwegian Landscape Routes project will also find more information there. From 5 October, fans of Norway will also have the opportunity to visit the remarkable exhibition “Architecture and Landscape in Norway” (p.22) in Berlin. Anyway, there’s really a lot going on in October: for students, the winter semester starts in the middle of the month and — as usual — we want to welcome all freshmen in interior design and architecture degree courses with our “Welcome Package”. Anyone who has decided on this exciting career path (if you know someone, please pass the word on!) can send me the relevant certificate of enrolment and postal address at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send our AIT Welcome Package! Orgatec in Cologne is also an important date — for us and everyone involved in planning office projects. The leading international trade fair for working environments will take place from 23 to 27 October. If you visit us at the AIT stand, we will not only have the most innovative products ready for you there, but also the latest book by our AIT-columnists Dominik and Benjamin Reding! Hope to see you!
Petra Stephan, Dipl.-Ing.