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Kohler Co & Virginia Tech’s FutureHAUS hits Times Square!

Kohler products and technology take front and centre at prominent activation…

Towards the end of 2018, we shared a story on Kohler Co and Virginia Tech’s smart home winning the inaugural 2018 Solar Decathlon in Dubai, UAE.

More recently, Virginia Tech’s solar decathlon-winning FutureHAUS welcomed thousands of visitors for nearly a month in New York City’s renowned Times Square.  Featuring innovative products and technologies from Kohler, the installation has just wrapped up, with recognition from visitors and companies who visited.

Kohler Virginia Tech FutureHAUS

Kohler and Virginia Tech’s FutureHAUS features at Times Square, New York.

Attracting thousands of visitors to the “HAUS” in the prominent tourism hub, the FutureHAUS cultivated discussions and transformed mindsets through its thought-provoking ideas for the future of residential living and was also recognised as a finalist in the NYCxDesign Awards under the category – Architectural Installation/Pop-Up.

Kohler & Virginia Tech FutureHAUS

Visitors to Kohler & Virginia Tech’s FutureHAUS in Times Square

The FutureHAUS project originally won the 2018 Solar Decathlon held in Dubai, an international competition to build the best solar home. The teams had just two weeks – November 14 through 29 – to build prototype houses that ran exclusively on solar power in a public expo area next to the Mohammad Bin Rashid Solar Park. The goal of the competition was to achieve high performing prototypes of solar homes that could function in the extreme climate conditions of the Middle East and could be mass produced in similar communities throughout the world. Teams needed to think holistically about the cultural, climatic and social contexts of construction and to develop solutions that might help to create smart, sustainable housing in the future.

Kohler FutureHaus 2018

The interdisciplinary faculty-student team from Virginia Tech – the only team from the U.S. that participated in this year’s competition – worked on its house for the last two years, with assistance from Kohler as both a sponsor and consultant on the project. The company supplied design and technology support, as well as fixtures for the kitchen and bathroom in the modular, pre-fabricated home. Kohler also consulted on the 3D printed adjustable sinks, which use KOHLER Response® Technology, as well as DTV showering systems and smart features.

Click here to read more the story on winning the 2018 Solar Decathlon.

Kohler features in hotel bathrooms in $20 million refurbishment at Brisbane Marriott

Kohler features in hotel bathrooms in $20 million refurbishment at Brisbane Marriott

Brisbane was full of development in 2018, with an impressive range of 5 Star properties opening in the Sunshine State capital within as many months.

The latest to open in December 2018 was the Brisbane Marriott Hotel.

Kohler Projects - Brisbane Marriott

Completed on time to celebrate it’s 21st birthday, the Brisbane Marriott Hotel enjoyed a $20 million renovation refurbishment which has transformed the hotel’s 267 guest rooms and suites, Executive Lounge, two floors of event space and signature restaurant.

Furthering our relationship with the Marriott Group, Kohler featured in the bathrooms of all suites, with Malaysian-based company Duoz Design designing and YTL Hotels the owner and developer.

Stunning guest bathrooms feature restored, original marble, thoughtful lighting, magnifying mirror, roomy baths and separate shower. The Presidential suites feature the Red Dot design award winning Avid tapware paired with Chalice Oval basin and Reach Back to Wall toilet, while the Executive suites feature the ever-popular Aleo tapware with the Chalice and Reach.

Projects - Brisbane Marriott

Presidential suite bathroom

 

Kohler Projects - Brisbane Marriott

Award winning Avid tapware with Chalice Oval basin.

 

The Presidential Suite at Brisbane Marriott

Brisbane Marriott Hotel General Manager, John Douglas said careful consideration was given to the hotel’s unique natural and historic surroundings and these details were effortlessly incorporated into the new design to create a multidimensional sensory experience for guests.

Kohler projects - Brisbane Marriott

Standard rooms feature Aleo tapware and Chalice Oval basin

Located at the Howard Smith Wharves and Petrie’s Bight Precinct, guests can enjoy breathtaking views of either the Brisbane River, taking in the Story Bridge and Kangaroo Point Cliffs or the River City skyline.

The hotel’s signature restaurant – Motion Dining – is a destination in itself, refurbished to include a range of dining options and bars for both guests and locals alike.

Kohler Design Evenings head south to Tasmania

KOHLER recently celebrated the extension of its Australian retail network into Tasmania with a series of launch events held in conjunction with Crisp Ikin Agencies – the official distribution partner for the state – and key retailers Elite Appliances (Hobart) and Becks Home Timber and Hardware (Launceston).

KOHLER Design Launch Event - Hobart

Darren Genner of Minosa (centre) with Crisp Ikin Agencies’ Colin Etter (left) and Tony Ikin (right).

Elite Appliances in Hobart will showcase KOHLER product and to celebrate the launch, the Crisp Ikin Agencies showroom played host to a KOHLER Design Evening which was was attended by members of the Architecture & Design community.

KOHLER Design Launch Event - Hobart

Guests at the Hobart KOHLER Design Evening listening to the presentation by Darren Genner.

Guest speaker for the evening was Darren Genner from Minosa Design in Sydney – KBDI Australian Bathroom Designer of the Year  2013/2014/2015; winner of the HIA Australian Bathroom Designer of the Year 2016 and HIA Australian Kitchen Designer of the Year 2016.

Darren delivered an extremely insightful and informative presentation on current design trends, sharing with the audience a slideshow of Minosa’s current kitchen and bathroom designs, along with favoured products and current trends.

KOHLER Design Launch Event - Hobart

Darren Genner enjoyed handing out gifts of KOHLER chocolates from KOHLER’s own chocolatier in Kohler, Wisconsin, USA.

KOHLER General Manager, Geoff Cope, provided a valuable insight into the history of KOHLER & KOHLER’s diverse portfolio of brands including Kitchen & Bathroom, Generators, Hospitality and Interiors.

Lean-To Kitchen provided catering for the event, providing a delicious array of finger-food & beverages enjoyed by all in attendance.

The following evening was a dual launch event held in Launceston at Becks Home Timber and Hardware where the KOHLER brand will feature alongside Kohler’s Englefield brand.

KOHLER Design Launch Event - Launceston

KOHLER Design Launch Event - Launceston

Kohler display at Becks Home Timber Hardware at Launceston.

This event was attended by a large contingent of VIP builders, plumbers and their wives who enjoyed a similar evening, with fabulous food and wine supplied by Matson Catering, Launceston.

KOHLER Design Launch Event - Launceston

The KOHLER Design Launch Event at Becks Home Timber Hardware in Launceston.

The KOHLER Design Launch Event at Becks Home Timber Hardware in Launceston.

Crisp Ikin was founded in 1982 and is now Tasmania’s leading distribution agent for bathroom fixtures and furniture,  including baths, showers, vanity units, toilets and tapware. The addition of the premium Kohler brand and trusted-value  Englefield brand to its portfolio is seen as a natural extension to Crisp Ikin’s footprint in Tasmania.