The Montforthaus is a culture and convention center in Feldkirch, Austria. By its multifunctional capabilities it offers an ideal setting for a wide variety of events.
The rounded shapes of the building are reflected in the specially revised typography that gives the house a strong identity by its uncial style. The markings for halls and facilities are cut from smoked pear wood and applied directly to the walls.
The tarnish prevention on glass surfaces reflects the diverse program taking place in the Montforthaus and its role for the citizens. Construction site noise, orchestral concerts, lectures and noise from the environment serve as raw material for computer generated graphics visualizing these sounds.
Looking back to the start of construction, a site fence was installed which attracted the attention of passing pedestrians. A row of porthole windows had offered a look at what passed by and the emergence of something new behind.
Sägenvier, in the town of Dornbirn/Austria, is an agency for design communication run by Sigi Ramoser. »We are professional communication designers with Heart and Mind, positioned somewhere between the small graphic design office and a full-service agency. Sigi Ramoser’s team includes currently eight fellow employees: The graphic designers Martin Platzgummer, Stefan Amann, Lena Seeberger, Barbara Raich, Tina Rhomberg, Denise Kopf, Sophia Ellensohn as a traniee as well as Jasmine Messerle on the administration side.
»We see ourselves as a contractor for communication design, and as a result are engaged in all disciplines in that field.« Sagenvier's client portfolio is broadly diversified and extends from industrial concerns, SMEs of all kinds, publishers, local authorities, cultural establishments, social institutions, through to schools and public transport. »Of course we have our favourites, especially when the solutions are developed together with the client and when that collaboration continues over an extended period of time.« One can therefore expect that Sägenvier don’t care a lot of competition presentations. »They are like blind dates in a disco – you know little about the other person, it’s loud and there are bright lights all around.« A lot more appealing for Sägenvier is a task that is as comprehensive as possible, where all diciplines of design communications come into play. The guding principle of Sägenvier »Demanding, but good!« is applied in all their projects. Or as Sigi Ramoser desribes his work and that of Sägenvier: »We don’t take on any old job just to earn money. Apart from the seriousness and profoundness of our work, we want to receive a certain lightness and joy on what we are doing.«