Now versus the future: What will building communication be like in the future?
How has the definition of the threshold changed over the past few years? What effects do megatrends such as globalisation and digitisation have on architecture? To what extent are the limits being moved between public and private spheres, between the virtual and the real world?

The questions that a manufacturer of building communication systems must answer in the 21st century are more complicated than ever.
Gabriele Siedle and Nikolaus Kuhnert, Publisher and editor-in-chief of ARCH+ magazine, talked about architecture at the threshold. One result of their conversation is their identification of several areas of conflict which will dominate the subject of building communication in the future.

The video above provides an entry into the dialogue.
Complex versus simple
Entrances are getting more intelligent, and architects are being granted more freedom in designing them. But as the possibilities become more diverse, the more importance must be given to smart selection, clarity and reduction to what is really essential.

Virtual versus real
The more intensively we network with the digital world, the more we Long for real experiences. Going hand in hand with the increasing digitisation of the threshold will be the rise in its palpable materiality.

Indoor versus outdoor
In society’s opinion, where is the threshold of the future? Does it really start at the door or is it increasingly to do with communication? What is outside, what is inside, what is private and what is public? The limits will continue to shift in the future.

Mobile versus stationary
The threshold is already where we want it, for example on a mobile phone or smart watch when we are out. Wireless technologies will not replace hard-wired communication systems which are integrated in the architecture, however, they will supplement them.

Security versus accessibility
“If you give up freedom to gain security, ultimately you will lose them both.” The architecture of the threshold has also always been based on the thin line between the need for security and the desire for openness.

Communication versus control
On the one hand, digital communication opens new windows on the world while on the other, it allows the world to look back through this window into our private world. Life in a digital glasshouse also sets new challenges for architecture.

Retreat versus accessibility
When and where we are accessible is currently being redefined. Accessibility today no longer relates to a certain time of day or a specific place because in technical Terms it is possible at all times and in all places. What this development makes more important is the area into which we can retreat.
© 2017 S. Siedle & Söhne OHG