Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze on the inauguration day of the ISC3

On 17.09.2018 Bonn was ready – Federal Minister for the Environment Svenja Schulze, together with the CEO of GIZ Tanja Gönner, the managing director Friedrich Barth and the architect and building biologist Stefanie Jörgens, inaugurated the new international competence centre for sustainable chemistry (ISC3).

The furnishing concept of the ISC3 is a showpiece project for a forward-looking work environment. As the client, the Federal Ministry for the Environment has set the highest building biology, economic, aesthetic and representative requirements for this project. The result is business premises over four floors in a Bonn town house from 1896, which shows an unrivaled consistency of a furnishing concept made of almost 100% sustainable and renewable materials. The proof that stylish setup with closed material circuits is possible. The design handwriting was intended to meet international business and political leaders, as well as his team of international employees. The combination of building biology, aesthetics and economic requirements was not met by most products on the market. For this reason, the majority of the furniture by the architect and building biologist Stefanie Jörgens was designed and handmade in controlled local factories.

Natural materials and understated design

The focus is on quality natural materials in an elegant, straightforward and restrained design concept. According to the saying „less is more“. In the representative area of the institute furniture from bog oak dominates with black steel frames. The work areas of the employees are kept in white and beige. The work surfaces are made of light linoleum, filigree white steel bases, carcasses of white lacquered wood.

Forward-looking corporate task

With the message of saving the environment in the long term only through a more sustainable chemistry and a more conscious use of resources, the establishment of the institute is a tangible example of how this is possible. The beauty of the simple is her design principle, the importance of the invisible her philosophy. A radical change in material culture is possible!

Speaker of the Executive Board of GIZ Tanja Gönner, Managing Director of ISC3 Friedrich Barth, the architect and building biologist Stefanie Jörgens and Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze (from left) at the inauguration ceremony in Bonn.