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The Deutsche Vermögensberatung (DVAG) is Germany’s largest distributor of financial services. For the redesign of their brand exhibition space in Marburg, we worked together with bogner.knoll, Triad, and Delafair, delivering complex media installations and interactive concepts. 

History, Success Stories and Company Insights

In its training and conference center in Marburg, DVAG has created an exhibition space aimed at employees, partners, candidates and visitors. It presents more than 40 years of company history, portrays the founders and directors and illustrates the corporate structure. 

The prior exhibition was replaced by a new concept heavily based on digital media and interactive features. Individual visitors now play an active role in accessing contents while guided tours are considered in a special group mode. The flexible exhibition infrastructure also allows for additional formats such as scavenger hunts or educational events for pupils and students.

MESO was the perfect partner for translating DVAG’s story and complex financial topics into inspiring and educational media experiences. With creativity, knowledge and reliability the team helped us create a great new brand space.

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The exhibition parcours is divided into different thematic stations, each of them with its own communication concept. Analogue image and text is complemented by a wide range of digital media formats – film, sound, animation, infographics and slideshows. We developed custom solutions for every use case based on concepts by bogner.knoll and blending in with the sconography by Triad

Standard and Variation

For the media installations, we chose a double-track approach: standardized hardware wherever possible combined with complex elements and bespoke solutions to generate a large variety of experiences. This guarantees easy maintenence and cost-efficiency without sacrificing uniqueness and moments of surprise. All exhibits are connected to a central server running the media content and reacting to visitor input.

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On entering the exhibition space, visitors are greeted by the animation of a hand-written introduction projected onto the first wall. A camera tracks movement at the door and triggers the start of the animation.

The “generation wall” illustrates the change in leadership from founder Reinfried Pohl to his sons. Images accompanied by audio content accessible via handsets are distributed to both sides. The key piece is a large monitor displaying interview footage of both generations in alternation.

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Using a laser rotation sensor, the display of video footage is initiated and terminated by the movement of visitors. As soon as a person comes closer than 1.5 meters and then stays within a radius of no more than 3 meters, the film is played. 

A rotunde is dedicated to the community approach supported by DVAG among its workforce. Different voices and perspectives are presented on small screens. The videos and audios start as soon as visitors pick up the handset.

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© MESO / Constantin Urban
© MESO / Constantin Urban

For the so-called “treasure map”, we developed a solution to integrate digital media into an otherwise entirely analogue exhibit. Short films and slideshows are displayed on predefined areas using fine-tuned projection to completely eliminate offset. Supported by custom vvvv software, even complex forms, such as the chalkboard inspired outlines, can be precicely filled with imagery. 

A custom-built capacitive touch sensor connected to the central server and mounted on the back of the wall turns the surface into a touch display. 

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“Meilensteine der Unternehmensgeschichte” (milestones of corporate history) comprises five screens of different dimensions in one exhibit. By turing a rotary knob, visitors can scoll through time from the founding year up until the present. Every milestone event is presented in text, stills, and a film sequence. The background music is automatically reduced in volume, as soon as a speaker appears in the video.

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© MESO / Constantin Urban

An intercative map of Germany illustrates the distribution of DVAG branches across the country. By pushing the buttons, different content is retrieved from the server and displayed on the map. Via a touch display, detailed information on people, places, and branches can be selected. The idle mode shows the development of the company’s network over the years.

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© MESO / Constantin Urban
© MESO / Constantin Urban

The “panorama wall” creates a cinematic feeling with large-format imagery and films. Four projectors were installed to fully cover the curved wall of ? metres width and ? metres height. Optical softedge matching makes sure the projections form a single smooth image. 

A bespoke sound system with directional speakers facing the straight walls prevents echo despite the challenging spatial conditions. 

The “Allfinanz approach” is the core idea of DVAG, describing the ability of a single expert to consult clients on all aspects of their financial planning. The Allfinanz station compares this unique selling point to other consulting services at the push of a button. Custom hardware is combined with fine-tuned visuals projected on the tilted surface.

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Making-of

During the whole creative process, we worked closely with bogner.knoll (exhibition concept), Triad (interior design) and Delafair (construction). Thanks to detailed planning and extensive preparatory work, we were able to merge, test and launch all components on a tight schedule on site. Our scope of work covered the development of the digital exhibits from concept to design to programming and devlopment to construction and installation.

Test installation for projection
Alignment of projection on site
Adjusting the 4-beamer installation
Monitor set-up

Curious about our approach? Feel free to get in touch!

Ben Schiek Project Manager, Systems Designer +49 69 24 000 345 +49 69 24 000 345

MESO Digital Interiors GmbH
Gutleutstr. 96 . 60329 Frankfurt . Germany

Team

Sebastian Kujas, Jonas Häutle, Nikos Mechanezidis, Daniel Neumayr, Max Wolf, Daniel Rese, Anton Viehl, Urs Hoffmann, Constantin Urban, Susanne Heinlein