Architect Chris Precht: Interior design – a very personal matter

In cooperation with AIT architecture magazine and IHA hotel association, Heimtextil offers a varied and interesting programme of lectures for architects, interior architects, designers and hoteliers. The lectures will be held in ‘Saal Europa’, Foyer of Hall 4.0, on 13 and 14 January 2016. We asked one of the speakers, Chris Precht, Home of Penda, China, three questions in advance.

Why did you become an architect?
When I retired my career in sport in my early 20s, I put my skijumping and cross country skis in the corner and wanted to do as far of a contrast as possible. The prospect of an architect to sit 16 hours  a day in a chair, didn’t sound so bad at the time. In all seriousness, I think I always had a creative side which I needed to explore. And to fulfill the stereotype of an architect, my childhood was filled with Lego and painting. After that, architecture happens naturally. But in the beginning I could have never imagined that I will develop such a passion for this profession.

Facade or interior – body or soul?
If possible, then both. A soul cannot survive without a body and if a a body has no soul, you get a Donald Trump. If I need to chose one, I would take the interior project over a facade design, because it is closer to the user. You need to build up a close relationship with the client in order to work on someone’s  center of living. Interior projects are very personal and contain so much more than just a design or features.

What is Heimtextil for you?
As it is my first time to attend, I’m gonna answer the question after the 14th. I look forward to the event to meet colleagues and gain further input about hotel and hospitality design.

More about the lecture programme Interior. Architecture. Hospitality.

Kerstin Böhning

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