Haarwerk by Hackenbroich Architekten

Hackenbroich Architecten have completed the interior of a hairdressers shop in Cologne, Germany.


The shop is situated in an old factory building and the new interior incorporates 75 light bulbs extended on black flexes from a central point.


The architects used wallpaper to make the functional elements of the shop appear to be extruded from the back wall.


The following information is from Hackenbroich:


Haarwerk, hairdresser shop, in Cologne, Germany

For the hairdressing shop “Haarwerk” in Cologne, Germany the light installation has become a main spatial feature. Seventy-five lamps emerge from a central point of the space and reach out into the room. A cloud of lights expands through the store. With the visible wires they form a spatial texture like a distorted chandelier. The lights can be controlled and dimmed in five circles to allow a smooth transition of various illuminated conditions.


The overall organization of the store was challenged by the spatial limitation of the old factory building. To maintain a coherent spatial experience while accommodating all functional areas, we decided to “extrude” the enclosed functional areas from the back-wall. The surface of the wall “remained” on the volumes/furniture while the other surfaces “merged” with the floor. Through this manipulation we gained an articulation of the volumes in one direction and a camouflage of the volumes in elevation resulting in a simple appearance from the outside.


The materials fluctuate between a refined and rough appearance. While the wallpaper has a subtle elegance the lamps have an industrial quality. The colors articulate the volumetric logic by continuing the dark grey of the floor or the ginger marking the sidewalls of the store. The lights, when partially dimmed, combine the white of the wallpaper, the ginger of the wall and the dark grey of the floor.