Wednesday, January 05, 2011
Unusual interior with cube, blue lighting and titanium shingles creates mystical atmosphere
There is an almost mystical atmosphere in the “Room of Silence”, a place for employees and visitors to
pause, relax and find their inner balance. It is located in the Q2 building on the new campus of the
ThyssenKrupp Quarter in Essen. Recently opened, the “Room of Silence” stretches over two floors and
consists of an anteroom and a main room. In the latter, a large cube appears to be suspended in the air. The
inside walls of this cube are lined with hundreds of titanium shingles illuminated by a blue light – an unusual
atmosphere charged by the contrast between the cube and the smoothly finished walls of the room.
This unique “Room of Silence” has been created by ThyssenKrupp to give employees and guests the
opportunity to contemplate their inner balance, experiences at work and their objectives. Given the Group’s
global reach, the room cannot provide “one-size-fits-all” answers, but it literally offers space for people to
find their inner self and think about their future. A room of this kind must be neutral and yet appeal to each
visitor personally. The positive feedback from employees and visitors in the short time since it was opened
show that ThyssenKrupp’s “Room of Silence” is meeting the need of many people to seek a moment’s peace
during their working day.
Much of the atmosphere is created by the room’s interior architecture. On the inner walls of the cube, 250 by
120 millimeter shingles made from a total of 500 kilograms of titanium are bathed in soft lighting. As in many
other areas of the Group’s new headquarters, this project underlines ThyssenKrupp’s materials capabilities:
The titanium was produced by ThyssenKrupp VDM at its facilities in Essen, Germany and Terni, Italy. The
titanium sheets were stamped by Lummel GmbH & Co. KG (Karlstadt) into hundreds of shingles which were
then used in the “Room of Silence”.
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