After six years of planning and construction, the largest building project in Bethel’s history has been completed. The new Bethel Children’s Centre in Bielefeld cost 100 million euros and was ceremoniously opened on 12 August. NRW Health Minister Karl-Josef Laumann celebrated the successful completion of the largest building project in Bethel’s history with around 350 invited guests and was visibly impressed. A striking multi-coloured façade encases the children’s centre. The exterior is an eye-catcher made of glass and aluminium. In the architecture, special attention was paid to making children feel comfortable. This is achieved, among other things, through maritime motifs that are reflected in various projects. The art was planned and accompanied by Samuelis Baumgarte Art Consulting. For example, the enormous work of art made of 3,500 glass balls, reminiscent of water drops, floats above the heads. Outside, the MS Regina sets sail.
We were particularly pleased that the EUROFLEX® division was commissioned to design an imaginary water surface. For this, our EUROFLEX® Visual System Outdoor, a combination of shock-absorbing impact protection slabs and three-dimensionally printed special vinyl covering, was used again. Thanks to the close and committed cooperation between Mrs. Oskouizadeh from Samuelis Baumgarte Art Consulting and the EUROFLEX® team, the art project was successfully installed in July.
Mrs Oskouizadeh was visibly happy after we were able to carry out the installation without any problems. The design came from the artist Astrid Lowack, who, following the tradition of impressionism, creates works of art with the play of light, colours and shapes. The new centre, which will then be able to treat about 75,000 children a year, will open in the autumn. In this great environment, they will hopefully be able to recover quickly from illness.
Design: Courtesy of Samuelis Baumgarte Art Consulting für das Kinderzentrum Bethel / Photographer: Thomas Starke