Share Monday 8 November 2010 9:03 pm Show Comments ▼ whatsapp BSKYB issued a statement of intent to potential bidder News Corp yesterday when it announced it has broken through the 10m subscribers barrier.With Sky’s board said to be determined to play hardball with Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, its swelling subscriber base will prove a powerful bargaining tool.But analysts are already questioning how far Sky can continue to grow, with the firm already claiming to have a penetration of 36 per cent of UK households.Sky’s customer growth rate in the last quarter dropped back to 2006 levels after a surge in demand created by its HD offerings pushed it to record levels last year.Sky chief executive Jeremy Darroch claims the firm now has “more ways to grow than ever”, pointing to innovations such as 3D TV. But demand for this technology has been patchy (Sky has not yet released any figures) and its long-term success is far from guaranteed, especially while it still requires special glasses.Moreover, Sky could soon face the biggest challenge to its dominance since Freeview brought multi-channel TV into almost every home in the country, with no monthly charge, back in 2002. YouView, the BBC backed venture, looks set to launch its online TV platform in the second quarter next year, allowing customers to stream HD TV from the internet.Without another “game changing” innovation like HD, it seems inevitable Sky’s growth rate will drop.Enders analyst Toby Syfret sees the broadcast giant continuing to add subscribers until it hits a glass ceiling of between 11 and 11.5m.He told City A.M.: “A slowdown is inevitable but I don’t think there is anyone who can touch Sky at the moment. It is still growing and will continue to do so for the time being, unlike satellite TV in other markets, including Sky’s Italian venture.”He added: “But it will gradually decline. As its scale increases it is more affected by churn [customers leaving for other providers] and its 3D technology is as yet unproven.”But Sky has other ideas. It believes the Pay TV market has the potential to expand from the current 50 per cent of households to closer to 80 per cent – the level seen in the US. It also points to its broadband offering – the fastest growing in the UK, which has the potential to pull in more customers.Adding to a subscriber base of 10m is a tall order. If anyone can do it, it is Sky.TIME LINE | THE RISE AND RISE OF SKY1989News Corp launches Sky in the UK.1990Sky merges with BCB to form BSkyB. It launches its first pay-as-you-go service. Large debt pushes News Corp close to bankruptcy, before lender Citibank steps in.1991Sky Sports launches its first channe.1992Sky signs £304m deal for exclusively live coverage of the new FA Premier League. 1994Around 17 per cent of BSkyB is floated on the UK and US stock exchanges.1995BSkyB enters the FTSE 100 index.1998Sky Digital launches the UK’s first digital TV service, with over 140 channels. 2003Sky passes the milestone of seven million customers in the UK.2006Sky launches its broadband service.2008Sky passes nine million customers. June 2010News Corp bids for 61 per cent of Sky it doesn’t already own. Bid is rejected.November 2010Sky reaches 10m customers. Sky hits 10m subscribers KCS-content whatsapp Tags: NULL
7th November 2019 | By Daniel O’Boyle AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Regions: Oceania UK & Ireland US Australia Email Address Flutter Entertainment saw revenue increase 10% to £533m (€618.4m/$685.7m) for the third quarter of 2019, as FanDuel and Sportsbet’s successes in the US and Australia respectively offset a retail decline driven by fixed odds betting terminal (FOBT) regulation. Flutter Entertainment saw revenues increase 10% to £533m (€618.4m/$685.7m) for the third quarter of 2019, as FanDuel and Sportsbet’s growth in the US and Australia respectively offset a lower retail combination.Sports betting made up the majority of the operator’s overall revenue, with £417m, up 11% year-on-year. Gaming revenue rose 8% to make up the remaining £116m of revenue.The operator said that its February acquisition of Georgian online sports and betting brand Adjarabet accounted for four percentage points of revenue growth in Q3.The online sector — which comprises the Paddy Power, Betfair and Adjarabet online sports betting and gaming brands — was the largest revenue generator for Flutter, bringing in £247m, down 1% year-on-year.While the online group’s gaming revenue increased 11% to £84m, its betting revenue fell 6% to £163m. Flutter noted that a large amount of this sports betting decline was due to the fact that Q3 of 2018 contained the latter stages of the FIFA World Cup, and was a particularly high-volume quarter for sports betting. Flutter said that if the World Cup contribution was stripped out, the online sports sector grew 5% year-on-year.Sportsbook revenue fell by 5% while exchange betting revenue fell 9%. Flutter did not reveal how much revenue came from each vertical, but did mention that the net revenue margin from sportsbook betting was 8.2%.Although online revenue improved when the effect of the World Cup was factored in, the company did note that, “a combination of responsible gambling measures and international market switch offs have continued to affect PPB Online”.Flutter chief executive Peter Jackson also said that the operator’s short-term revenue took a hit as it attempted to build a more sustainable customer base.“Within PPB, both the Paddy Power and Betfair brands continued to make good progress in building more recreational customer bases through enhanced responsible gambling measures,” Jackson said. “While revenues in the quarter were impacted by this ongoing work, we remain confident that the changes being made will improve the sustainability of future growth and lead to a more diversified customer base for both brands”In Australia, where Flutter operates the Sportsbet brand, the company took in £119m, thanks in part to a net revenue margin of 11.4%, which it said was helped by favourable sports results.The operator saw great success in the United States during the quarter, as revenue from the country rose 67% to £91m.Sports income from the FanDuel brand made up the majority of US revenue, at £76m, a 55% improvement on the prior year following the launch of retail sportsbooks in Iowa, New York and Indiana. Mobile offerings were also rolled out in Pennsylvania and West Virgnia, where the brand already conducted retail operations.Flutter said that customer acquisition is ahead of expectations, having already acquired 250,000 customers.Online casino in the US took in £15m for Flutter, up 174% year-on-year. Flutter put this increase largely down to successful cross-selling to FanDuel customers.This American success prompted Flutter to revise its US earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) guidance from a loss of £55m to a loss of £40-45m.However, Flutter’s overall EBITDA guidance remains the same at £420m-£440m.The operator’s retail revenue from 620 Paddy Power betting shops across the UK and Ireland declined by 9%, however. Although retail sportsbook growth grew 5% to £58m, retail gaming fell 37%, largely due to the reduction of the maximum stake on FOBTs to £2.However, the retail decline for Q3 was significantly less than Q2’s 44% drop. Flutter said the hit from the regulation should continue to get softer as competitors close shops in close proximity to Paddy Power locations.Flutter did not provide information about its expenses or overall profits for the quarter.The third quarter also saw Flutter announce a merger with the Stars Group to create the largest online gambling company in the world.Stars today (7 November) announced revenue of $622.5m (£483.8m/€561.3m), slightly less than Flutter’s revenue and enough to ensure the pair combined for revenue of more than £1bn for the quarter. Subject to approval, the merger is expected to go through in the second or third quarter of next year.“We believe that this deal will accelerate delivery of all of our core strategic objectives and we are very excited about the international growth prospects for the combined group,” Jackson said. 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Niger Insurance Plc (NIGERI.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2011 annual report.For more information about Niger Insurance Plc (NIGERI.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Niger Insurance Plc (NIGERI.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Niger Insurance Plc (NIGERI.ng) 2011 annual report.Company ProfileNiger Insurance Plc is a life and general insurance company in Nigeria underwriting all classes of insurance. Life insurance products include endowment policies, group life, mortgage protection and term assurances. Non-life insurance products range from aviation hull and liability and fire and special perils to public liability insurance, professional indemnity and workmen compensation insurance. The company also markets products under the brand name Niger Cash, Niger Flexible Investment Assurance, Niger Mutual Halal, Niger Personal Pension and Savings. Founded in 1962 and formerly known as The Niger Insurance Company Limited, the company changed its name to Niger Insurance Plc in 1989. The company has a sound reinsurance treaties with reinsurance companies led by Swiss Re. Niger Insurance Plc’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Niger Insurance Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
Starwin Products Limited (SPL.gh) listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Pharmaceuticals sector has released it’s 2019 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Starwin Products Limited (SPL.gh) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Starwin Products Limited (SPL.gh) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Starwin Products Limited (SPL.gh) 2019 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileStarwin Products Limited manufactures and markets generic pharmaceutical and consumer health products for the local Ghana market and for export. The company produces a range of analgesics, antacids/laxatives, anti-allergies, multivitamins and haematinics. Its analgesic range includes Rapiriol, Paracetemol and Painoff; anti-allergics include Asmadrin and Star Cold tablets; antacids include Starwins Milk of Magnesia and Starwins Liver Salt; syrups include Paraking, Expectolyn and Starprovite. The company was founded in 1960 and was formerly known as Sterling Pharmaceuticals Ghana Limited; its name was changed in 1993. Dannex Limited is a majority shareholder (71.3%) in the business. Starwin Products Limited is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange
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Comments (1) One person died at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Los Altos, California when a five-story tower collapsed during the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, a magnitude-6.9 temblor that hit the San Francisco Bay area. Photo/U.S. Geological Survey[Episcopal News Service] In the event of earthquake or fires or other disaster, Betsy Eddy will tweet an invitation to San Francisco’s Diamond Heights community, to come to St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church for food and resource information.It’s just one part of the church’s — and the neighborhood’s — disaster preparedness plan. It makes use of existing resources because “we already have a food pantry every Friday that serves over 100 in our zip code,” said Eddy, a St. Aidan’s parishioner.“We know there will be a need for food in an emergency situation and we are working with the San Francisco Food Bank so they know we will be a food distribution site in Diamond Heights.”Collaborating with others in the community is key to the plan — still a work in progress, said Eddy in a recent interview with the Episcopal News Service. She was preparing for an April 24 meeting with the Diamond Heights Disaster Ready Working Group (DRWG), which she and the Rev. Tommy Dillon, St. Aidan’s rector, helped to start about five years ago.“We’re trying to create this whole network of preparedness and joining together,” she said of DRWG. Its members are neighborhood businesses and organizations that have met regularly since 2008.“Today we’re talking about our plan to contact people in the neighborhood who want to be contacted, maybe who live alone, have disabilities, an older person who needs somebody to check on them because of chronic disease or because of inability to do the activities of daily living.”Increasingly, local Episcopal churches and dioceses and, in some cases provinces and even regional entities, are collaborating to prepare for inevitable disasters, according to Katie Mears, director of US Disaster Preparedness and Response for Episcopal Relief & Development.Reaching out to others in Diamond HeightsSt. Aidan’s Church, as much of Diamond Heights, sits “on a hill and we’re in danger of landslides. We also have a very great fire danger because it’s windy here,” said Eddy. “Diamond Heights is a mixed area where we have a few expensive homes but we also have over 600 units of affordable housing which could mean vulnerable residents in the event of a disaster.”Both she and Dillon knew enough about disasters to know they wanted to be as prepared as possible for the next one, she said.Prior to moving to San Francisco about six years ago, Dillon had mobilized his Baton Rouge, Louisiana parish to respond in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, which in 2005 killed more than 1,800 people and caused an estimated $81 billion in property damage.Eddy had lived through the Loma Prieta earthquake, a magnitude-6.9 temblor that occurred during the warm-up of the third game of the 1989 Major League Baseball World Series. It killed about 60 people, injured more than 3,700 and left thousands homeless. Although it didn’t directly affect Eddy’s neighborhood “it was enough to scare me,” she said. “There was enough death and destruction that it was pretty scary.”All of which got them thinking that “people need information on how to prepare” for the inevitable next disaster, she said. Things like “how we meet after a disaster. How do we assess what are the needs. We’re also including all types of disasters, including terrorist and biochemical incidents. We’re planning for neighborhood emergency situations and regional disasters.”They’ve created a website with resources and on June 6 will meet with local city and human service officials, businesses and residents associations to discuss the draft plan, she said.“What’s really been important with our core group is, we’ve created such strong bonds with each other that even if the big earthquake hits tomorrow we’re going to be able to work much better together, because we already have that bond and connectedness in the neighborhood,” Eddy said.Dioceses receive training; getting readyOn April 25, the Rev. Russ Oeschel, archdeacon and disaster preparedness coordinator for the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, “was getting ready to deploy” members of a diocesan emergency spiritual care team to the city of West, near Waco, where an April 17 fertilizer plant explosion killed 14 people, including 11 first responders.The team and its members, both clergy and laity, are one aspect of the diocesan disaster preparedness and response plan. They aren’t the “recovery people, but they are in the next wave, whenever it is residents are allowed back into areas damaged, we’re there to provide spiritual care as they begin to assess what’s happened to them.”About 58 U.S. dioceses have participated since Episcopal Relief & Development began training diocesan disaster coordinators three years ago. Ten additional dioceses will be at upcoming trainings in the next few months, said Mears.“We mostly work on a diocesan level … to help those being trained to think about what a prepared diocese would look like to them,” Mears said in a recent telephone interview. Episcopal Relief & Development also has disaster preparedness materials and resources available to congregations and dioceses posted on its website.Training sessions invite participants “to think about the ways we’re gifted, to name those gifts so you know what you bring to the table when a disaster hits” and to realize that even when the media coverage halts, the churches are still there, Mears said.More and more Episcopal Church dioceses and congregations are seeing the value of preparing for inevitable disasters such as Hurricane Sandy. These two Bayhead, New Jersey homes were the 346,000 housing units Sandy destroyed in New Jersey alone the night of Oct. 29, 2012. Photo/Office of Gov. Chris ChristieMopping up after Hurricane Ike in 2008 and rebuilding after 2011 wildfires “which we’re still working on” was enough to convince the Houston-based Diocese of Texas of the inevitability and complexity of disasters and of the need for flexibility and frequent plan updates, Oeschel said.When Hurricane Ike’s 120 mile-an-hour winds struck Galveston on Sept. 13, 2008, killing hundreds “probably most of our parishes didn’t have disaster preparedness plans,” Oeschel recalled. But since the 2011 Bastrop County fires “many more churches have started working on them, too.”Within the last year, the diocese created a disaster preparedness committee that meets regularly to offer education and support to churches. He has also reached out to a network of community agencies in Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD).At present, the plan is “a basic overarching strategy to ensure that there have been people assigned in parishes that have responsibility for the various areas, like buildings and grounds, liturgical items, a call list and computers because if it’s not thought through first, when a disaster happens, there’s not time,” Oeschel said.Suzanne Moore, former chair of the Diocese of Easton disaster preparedness committee, says preparedness training is essential so that: “as a church, we need to not react, we need to respond and training gives us the skills to respond.”Churches are “sanctuaries of hope in times of disasters,” added Jim Cockey, the current chair of the Easton diocese’s committee. “You’ve gotta have a plan. It may not always work, but you can adapt it as you go.”Provincial and regional support offeredThe Very Rev. Gary Abbott says he believes that Province IV is the only one of the church’s nine provinces with a preparedness plan and a team available to relieve disaster-weary clergy and to offer spiritual care to their flocks.The province includes 29 dioceses along the Southeastern United States, from Florida north to Kentucky and west to Mississippi. It is located “in the tornado alleys, where winds blow in off the ocean and wreak havoc with hurricanes,” said Abbott, rector of St. Luke’s, Hawkinsville, Georgia, and the provincial disaster preparedness coordinator since the first of this year.The committee connects with bishops and dioceses experiencing a disaster.Episcopal Relief & Development “is the first responder, but we can put a team on the ground in 48 hours, made up of clergy and trained professional counselors,” he said. “We’ll cover that priest’s Sunday services. We can bring in trained counselors who can talk to people within parishes and Province IV will pay those expenses ourselves.”In another example of building regional networks, the dioceses devastated by Hurricane Sandy, New York, New Jersey, Long Island and Easton in Maryland, are sharing resources during the recovery phase, which will eventually include drafting preparedness plans, according to Keith Adams, New Jersey’s local coordinator.“Unfortunately, right now I have ten percent of my view on preparedness and 90 percent is on short-term recovery efforts,” he said.But, he added that, “the regional cooperation is huge. There’s this whole opportunity for communication that has not happened before and when this is over, what’s going to be left behind is this idea that we can all work together.”Get trained; get a planWhen Judy Stevenson’s West Pittston, Pennsylvania home was flooded in September 2011 “it was a nightmare. I had six feet of water on my first floor.” Her husband Jim, a retired Episcopal priest, was recovering from a 40-day hospitalization and, with advance notice that the Susquehanna River had crested, she needed help packing up to evacuate.“A lot of people think of what to do afterwards but if we could be prepared beforehand to move things, to pack things, it would help,” said Stevenson, who will return to her home next week.Episcopal Relief & Development’s Mears said preparedness plans need to be flexible and adaptable, as well as widely communicated.It’s also important to remember, said Mears, that “the part of the disaster we see in the media is not the part of biggest focus for congregations. Like with Hurricane Sandy, the cameras have long left, but the churches can’t go anywhere. We have to recognize the long arc.”Adams agreed. “It’s just the world we live in today,” he said. “We have to anticipate that there’s always going to be something. The question is, how can we make connections with communities, with parishes and with dioceses and dioceses with each other and actually be connected to the whole church and respond to people in need. That’s what it’s all about.”–The Rev. Pat McCaughan is a correspondent for the Episcopal News Service. 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Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Associate Rector Columbus, GA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis The Rev. Stacy Gahlman-Schroeder. Courtesy photoDrive-thru ashes have been gaining popularity in recent years for busy Christians unable to attend weekday Ash Wednesday services. This year, they join drive-thru live nativities, drive-thru Communion and even drive-thru confession.The Rev. Stacy Gahlman-Schroeder of Norway Grove Memorial Lutheran Church in DeForest, Wisconsin, plans to stand in the church parking lot throughout the day, dipping disposable Q-tips into the ashes, rather than her finger, or offering a blessing, if it’s preferred.As cold as that sounds, Gahlman-Schroeder is looking forward to it.“I’m selfish on this,” she said. “I really do want to see the faces again. It’s been a long year.”Other recommendations from the Ecumenical Consultation on Protocols for Worship, Fellowship and Sacraments include distributing ashes to congregants for their personal use — Scripture, the document points out, describes people sprinkling themselves with ashes. The group also approved the Vatican’s recommendation for priests to mix ash with holy water and wordlessly sprinkle it on congregants.And it suggested churches can forgo ashes altogether.Luckily, the ashes — while perhaps the most visible part of Ash Wednesday observances — aren’t the most important, said Burton Edwards, one of the group’s co-conveners.“That’s the thing that’s widely misunderstood. Nothing in any of the historic liturgies requires the imposition of ashes,” he said.The consultation — whose members come from the ELCA, United Methodist Church, Episcopal Church, Roman Catholic Church and other Christian traditions — began largely as an initiative by Candler School of Theology, according to the pastor. Rector Knoxville, TN Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Smithfield, NC Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Albany, NY Submit a Press Release Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Tags Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Press Release Service By Emily McFarlan MillerPosted Feb 11, 2021 [Religion News Service] Ash Wednesday is one of the touchiest observances on the liturgical calendar — literally.Many churches mark the beginning of the penitential season of Lent with the imposition of ashes. Clergy smear ashes, usually those left after burning palm fronds from the previous year’s Palm Sunday celebrations, onto congregants’ foreheads, often in the shape of a cross.That practice presents a problem when health experts fighting COVID-19 have advised people to avoid touching their faces or coming in close proximity to others. Some churches haven’t met since the pandemic first upended life during the last Lenten season.An ecumenical group of clergy, theologians, liturgical scholars and public health experts recently released guidelines for safely observing Ash Wednesday, which falls this year on Feb. 17, recommending no indoor meetings, lots of hand sanitizer and, when doling out ashes in a drive-thru, keeping the line moving to avoid traffic jams.“The pandemic has to be paid attention to,” said the Rev. Taylor W. Burton Edwards, pastor of Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, an Evangelical Lutheran Church in America congregation in Warner Robins, Georgia. Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 The Rev. Saroj Sangha of Glenmont United Methodist Church in Silver Spring, Maryland, holds a container of ashes on Ash Wednesday in her church’s parking lot on March 1, 2017. Photo: Adelle M. Banks/RNSIt first met in April to develop guidance for churches as the initial wave of lockdowns lifted across the country. With support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it released a detailed report on resuming in-person worship last summer.It reconvened this fall, Burton Edwards said, “when it became clear we were about to go through another Lent, probably, with serious social distancing needs in mind.”Brief outdoor gatherings may be safe, the group advised, as long as participants wear masks, keep their distance and have no symptoms of or recent exposure to COVID-19. That also depends on case numbers and hospital capacity in the surrounding area, according to the guidelines.Burton Edwards wasn’t sure last week what his church will do to observe Ash Wednesday.In his area, the positivity rate was too high and the hospitals too jam-packed even to meet outdoors, he said. But that can change quickly, he added.“You just have to watch the numbers, right?” he said.The core of Ash Wednesday is its call to repent, both personally and corporately, and to face mortality, according to the consultation’s guidelines. Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Martinsville, VA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Collierville, TN An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Featured Events Director of Music Morristown, NJ Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest No touching! Churches get ready for Ash Wednesday in a pandemic Featured Jobs & Calls Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Submit a Job Listing The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Pittsburgh, PA The Rev. Kathleen Ulland-Klinkner. Courtesy photoBut the Rev. Kathleen Ulland-Klinkner is thinking the best Lenten experience for her parishioners may be warm thoughts.Ulland-Klinkner’s church, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in New Ulm, Minnesota, went all out with the lights at Christmastime to be a beacon of joy, casting a warm glow over the community.The ELCA congregation wanted to continue that “warm culture” through the somber days of Lent. (Temperatures are forecast in the teens next week in Minnesota.)“During the whole pandemic, the challenge for us is to not only help people stay connected to God, but how do we stay connected to each other? How do we help people stay positive and find joy and still feel like a warm and caring community of faith?” Ulland-Klinkner said.And so Our Savior’s is leaning into Fat Tuesday — the last hurrah before Lent begins — which often is celebrated with pancakes and other sweet treats.The church will host a drive-thru in its parking lot for the occasion, serving funnel cake fries from a local food truck and handing out Lenten resources for congregants’ use at home.Its Ash Wednesday service will follow online, but, the pastor said, “part of being a follower of Jesus is we can’t do it on our own, and it’s always about being part of a community.“To be a community to go through this together has just been really difficult.”This story was originally published by Religion News Service and is republished here with permission. 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Lead Architects: Haus P / Project Architecture Company + Miriam Poch ArchitektinSave this projectSaveHaus P / Project Architecture Company + Miriam Poch Architektin Haus P / Project Architecture Company + Miriam Poch Architektin Architects: Miriam Poch Architektin, Project Architecture Company Area Area of this architecture project Year: Germany ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/885048/haus-p-project-architecture-company-plus-miriam-poch-architektin Clipboard CopyHouses•Berlin, Germany “COPY” Photographs Save this picture!© bullahuth Fotografie und Gestaltung+ 27 Share Area: 190 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/885048/haus-p-project-architecture-company-plus-miriam-poch-architektin Clipboard 2017 Save this picture!© bullahuth Fotografie und GestaltungRecommended ProductsWindowsKalwall®Facades – Window ReplacementsWindowsJansenWindows – Janisol PrimoMetallicsStudcoWall Stop Ends – EzyCapWindowspanoramah!®ah!38 – FlexibilityText description provided by the architects. On a small plot in the north of Berlin-Pankow, we developed a house for a family of three. Located at the end of a cul-de-sac in a new residential development, the specific spatial requirements and the rules defined by local planning law characterize the exterior volume. The result is a polygonal building with an independent expression.Save this picture!© bullahuth Fotografie und GestaltungSave this picture!SectionSave this picture!© bullahuth Fotografie und GestaltungAt the same time, the monolithic house with its slanting roof and dyed plastered facade uses a casual everyday architectural language. Through the simple and careful choice of materials, the building fits into the neighborhood and enhances it qualitatively.Save this picture!© bullahuth Fotografie und GestaltungSave this picture!Ground Floor PlanSave this picture!© bullahuth Fotografie und GestaltungInside, the open-plan living area with its two-story space above the dining table creates a generous spatial feeling, while the bedrooms and adjoining rooms have a high degree of usability due to their orthogonal layout.Save this picture!© bullahuth Fotografie und GestaltungProject gallerySee allShow lessPinnacle N10 / pH+Selected ProjectsRehabilitation of Louis Figuier / NAS architectureSelected Projects Share ArchDaily Anne Menke, Richard Sharam, Miriam Poch Photographs: bullahuth Fotografie und Gestaltung Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Manufacturers: Monier, WEIHE FENSTER Houses Projects “COPY” CopyAbout this officeProject Architecture CompanyOfficeFollowMiriam Poch ArchitektinOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesBerlinGermanyPublished on December 10, 2017Cite: “Haus P / Project Architecture Company + Miriam Poch Architektin” 10 Dec 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
ArchDaily Photographs Products translation missing: en-US.post.svg.material_description Daniel Lomma CopyHouses, Houses Interiors, Sustainability•Alfred Cove, Australia Save this picture!© Silvertone Photography+ 20Curated by Paula Pintos Share Barnard House / Daniel Lomma Design ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/934037/barnard-house-daniel-lomma-design Clipboard 2018 Houses CopyAbout this officeDaniel Lomma DesignOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesInterior DesignResidential InteriorsHouse InteriorsSustainabilityOn FacebookAlfred CoveAustraliaPublished on February 21, 2020Cite: “Barnard House / Daniel Lomma Design” 20 Feb 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021.