DORMA opens World of Access Design Center in midtown Manhattan

Glass Magazine
November 29, 2012
COMMERCIAL, FABRICATION : BUSINESS

 

 DORMA opened its World of Access Design Center in midtown Manhattan, December 3. The global manufacturer of architectural door hardware and glass wall systems designed the 8,500-square-foot space as a resource for architects, designers, contractors and other members of New York’s design community.

Dorma tapped its German roots with an inaugural panel discussion, “Rebooting Europe: How Architects are Responding to Difficult Times on the Continent.” The panelists included David Piscuskas, of 1100 ARCHITECT, a New York firm with a practice in Germany, and Dr. Thomas Welter, Secretary General of the Federal Association of German Architects BDA, which represents 5,000 leading architects and urban planners in that country. The discussion centered on differences between the German and U.S. architectural experience, from education to practice and government regulations to building quality.

The Germans lamented the degradation of educational requirements following standardization parameters among European Union countries, while Piscuskas noted the differences in how projects are bid. “In Germany, the architect’s fee is established based on the complexity and quality of the project,” said Piscuskas. "Here in the U.S., it’s a brawl.”

Everyone agreed that the aging building stock and increasing complexity of designing sustainable and economical structures is a looming challenge.

Today’s events include a tour of the new center and a second panelist topic, “Made Here: German Architecture and Design in New York City” featuring Matthias Neumann, normaldesign LLC, a Germany-born architect who relocated to New York City in 2000; Philipp von Dalwig, MANIFOLD Architecture Studio (MAS); and Juergen Riehm, 1100 ARCHITECT.

Among the design center’s features are examples of door systems and pull-out cabinets to browse hardware and other options, and a media table that can upload spec materials and integrate them into images or drawings.

The World of Access Design Center provides accredited continuing education programs, instructional sessions, and product and service introductions. Dorma officials say they will host design consultations and other meetings with DORMA clients. To schedule a visit, call 646/574-7464 or email designctr@dorma-usa.com.