Jan Jacobsen, an experienced architect with a passion for interiors believes in the power of design. “I am convinced that our built environment defines us.” Thinking about how well-designed spaces with attractive forms cultivate the people who live in them, Jan Jacobsen refers to one of Deutsche Werkstätten’s milestone projects, the first ‘moving’ space the company was appointed to build. In 1998, DW was commissioned to fit out two trains for the Deutsche Bahn’s Metropolitan Express Train (MET) as designed by Meinhard von Gerkan. By providing exceptional design and comfort it was clearly an attempt to win back some of the business travellers who were otherwise in the air. Although the project was stopped in 2004, due to a lack of funding, the two trains were completed and are still in use today.
For Jan Jacobsen who had the opportunity to use one of the trains, it was clear that that the design of the carriages, attention to detail and the careful creation of a peaceful and harmonious environment all have a significant impact on the behaviour and well-being of the passengers. People are far less likely to shout into their mobile phones or leave litter behind in a space that has been aesthetically formed. You can really feel the difference when architects and designers are familiar with the needs and routines of the people using a particular space. Deutsche Werkstätten is a unique partner, bringing with it its own unique experience. The company is convinced the spaces we inhabit can make us happy and building them too!
"I am convinced that our built environment defines us."
A small selection of exemplary projects.