When we build NION, we would like it to be a mixture between two nature related concepts of Japan and Berlin.
“I’m always astonished by a forest: It makes me realize that the fantasy of nature is much larger than that of mine. I still have things to learn.” Günter Grass
There is a Japanese expression that fascinates Germans: Shinrin-yoku. We translate it to something like “bathing in forest air.” While in Germany, we know that breathing forest air is healthy, the idea of bathing in it, immersing oneself into it, is novel.
At the same time, there is unofficial anthem in Berlin called “Berlin Air.” Written in 1904 by Paul Lincke, the song expresses that a certain kind of free attitude towards life that has become an ideal to Berliners and non-Berliners alike: when you breathe Berlin air, you start laughing happily.
A blend of both
When we build NION, we would like it to be a mixture between Shinrin-yoku and Berlin Air – we envision a visit to NION like a stroll in a magical forest: it should engage visitor’s senses sometimes in subtle, other times energetic ways. A place where people can bathe in a spirited, lustrous atmosphere that will coat and stay with them even after they leave it. A place where people refresh their mind and soul, where they leave every day life behind and relax in wonder and delight. Urban and natural. Dynamic and calming.