The German House at the Olympic Games 2012 in London has officially opened. Hansgrohe SE, license partner of the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) and official outfitter of the German Olympic Team, has remodelled all wash basin zones in the German House and equipped them with fittings “Made in Germany”. In total, 34 wash stations in 13 washrooms were set up.
“Made in Germany” in the London Docklands
The German House is the central platform of the DOSB during the Games in London and serves as a meeting place for German athletes, their partners and the media. The Museum of London Docklands, a historic brick building in the West India Docks, was chosen as its location. Constructed as a dockside warehouse in 1802, the building dealt mainly with rum and sugar imports. With an attractive Thames quayside location, it has a historic presence standing among many modern architectural structures of steel and glass including the imposing tower of Canary Wharf. For the Games a total of 2,000 square metres of the museum was remodelled. The idea behind the renovation was to accommodate the characteristics of the brick building, including the beautiful original beams and floorboards made from Jamaican Pitch Pine without having to forgo modern design and the comforts of the 21st century.
The Hansgrohe products fitted seamlessly into this concept: the electronic hand-basin mixers of the Metris S range (Phoenix Design) won people over thanks to their clear and precise contours and an infra-red sensor system which triggers the water flow as required, thus ensuring a sustainable consumption of water. Following the departure of the athletes, the Hansgrohe fittings will remain in the Museum of London Docklands and contribute to greater water and energy efficiency with their EcoSmart technology. Metris S and also the Talis S single lever wash basin mixer from Hansgrohe can be enjoyed in all the public washrooms in the basement, ground floor, 1st floor and 3rd floors of the building, in the mens’, ladies’ and disabled washrooms, as well as in the adjacent restaurant washrooms which is enticingly named ‘Rum & Sugar’.
Hansgrohe and the Olympic Games
Hansgrohe was already the official partner of the German House for the Games of 2008 in Beijing and 2010 in Vancouver. According to Torsten Mayer, responsible for sports sponsorships at Hansgrohe SE: “For the third time in succession our products have accompanied German athletes at Olympic Games around the
world. In these important and exciting times for the athletes we want to offer them the highest degree of comfort and the best quality.”
Hansgrohe trainee Svenja Krauß, who is studying corporate communications at the bathroom and sanitation specialist from the Black Forest and the Cooperative University of Ravensburg, will also enjoy these pleasures. From July 26 to August 14 she will be reporting for Hansgrohe live from the German House via Facebook, Twitter and Google+ about Olympic life and sporting highlights as well as supporting the team at the German House.