Research and Development of innovative materials at the convergence of art and new technologies

About

KENNWERT is a German materials research and development enterprise founded by business economist Cornelia Beyer, architect Thorsten Klooster, and artist Heike Klussmann in 2014. Our team in Berlin and Kassel pools competences from the fields of visual art, architecture, urbanism, interaction design, industrial design, experimental physics, construction chemistry, 3D-printing, information technology, and robotics. Based on this mixed expertise of research and hands-on experience, we establish novel areas of interest for elaborating them via artistic/scientific processes.

Working together takes us further : we believe in the power of collaboration. We make better decisions because we gather more information and understand the perspectives of our partners. We use resources more carefully because we avoid duplicating what others have already created.

For a macro world
For a macro
world bumping
against limits

Applications

In the design and making of objects and spaces, considerations concerning materiality are certainly very complex. The required know-how is including both objective and subjective categories as well as technical knowledge and experience. Usable material values are generally established when a communication between development, technology and design takes place, elucidating the individual approach to and experience with the material of each area.

With BLINGCRETE, TOUCHCRETE and DYSCRETE, we have developed three novel standards of concrete, enabling this material to be light-reflecting, information-conveying, and energy-generating for the very first time. BLINGCRETE and TOUCHCRETE have fulfilled the proof of concept outside of the laboratory, and some projects have already been built. Their production process is based on system precast building methods and can easily be adapted to the set-up of existing production lines. The combination of a durable effect and the ease of production makes these materials costeffective products. To our understanding, they are high tech low budget materials.

  • Dyscrete

    Dyscrete

    a new low cost energy source

    DYSCRETE – Dye Sensitized Energy Generating Concrete – is a completely new type of energy producing technology. DysCrete™ is a solar active material. It is and looks like concrete, while the appearance of the surface of other elements of the kind is dominated either by glass or foil.

  • Touchcrete

    Touchcrete

    visual perception enhanced by tactile experience

    TOUCHCRETE is a new system of touch-sensitive construction materials based on a cement-bound medium, used in the development of touch-sensitive concrete surfaces. Nonmechanical switches are fully implementable with TouchCrete™, and entire wall surfaces can be designed to function as touchpads. The idea of TouchCreteTM is closely associated with communication and information, concerned with space. It promotes the linkage of disparate contexts.

  • Blingcrete

    Blingcrete

    a lowtech solution in a hightech world

    BLINGCRETE represents a new genre of materials with its own logic of effect. As a light-reflecting concrete it combines the positive characteristics of concrete - fire safety, solidity, building methods - with those of retroreflection. BlingCrete™ opens up various design possibilities in the areas of infrastructure, transport safety, architecture, and interior design.

Contact

Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 9
D 10178 Berlin
Email: info@kennwert.com

T +49(0)30 61 30 77 22
F +49(0)30 25 93 06 89
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