Profile SunSquare Kautzky GmbH

Video: Mag. Gerald Wurz’s SunSquare presentation at the „turn on“ Architecture Festival, March, 2011 at the Vienna Technical University.

A short historical overview:

  • 1973: Establishment of Kautzky Mechanik GmbH, which remains the producer of SunSquare
  • 1993: Invention and development of SunSquare SYSTEM
  • 2003: Establishment of SunSquare Kautzky GmbH
  • 1994 - 2006: continuous optimization of SunSquare SYSTEM
  • 2009: Development of SunSquare TRIGON
  • 2010: Development of SunSquare AXIS
  • 2011: Merging of the individual products into SunSquare SunSails
  • 1993 - 2011: continuous expansion of SunSquare’s service and distribution network

SunSquare Kautzky GmbH

The company was established in 1973 in Vienna. In 2003, as there were no possibilities for further expansion of that facility, the company moved its headquarters and production facilities to Tulln, Lower Austria. This new plant provides 4,000 m² for production and administration, allowing SunSquare to continue to meet the ever increasing demand for its products.Mr. Norbert Kautzky adheres to this day to the principle of the „open workshop“, wherein research and development activities, construction of prototypes for SunSquare and others, as well as the daily production of SunSails, occur simultaneously. Previous clients for research, development and prototype construction the Vienna Philharmonic, Alcatel, Grundig, Philips, Siemens and many others.
The collaboration between Norbert Kautzky and Gerald Wurz led to the development of architectural sun protection systems. This concept was pursued to its fruition, a production-ready, motor-driven, globally patent-protected SunSail, and SunSquare was born. Demand has grown continually since, and the company along with it.
Development of new products is ongoing, as is the refinement of SunSquare’s current offerings in response to clients’ wishes.  The key considerations are the architectural harmony of the overall design and realization of the desired shading.
SunSquare has continued to set new standards in SunSail construction for 17 years, and has realized over 6,000 projects worldwide in that time. All installations are customized according our clients’ requirements.
Sales and distribution in Austria are taken care of by SunSquare itself and select certified dealers. This allows the company to keep a direct “finger on the pulse” of the market. The international market is serviced by a further network of dealers, from Moscow to Miami. Each dealer is required to complete a comprehensive training program and must satisfy stringent criteria in planning and installation. SunSquare’s international dealers account for over 80% of the company’s yearly revenue.

Norbert Kautzky

Co-owner and head of SunSquare’s product development department. At the age of 20, he was Vienna’s youngest credentialed master mechanic. Alongside the contract work realized by Kautzky Mechanik, Mr. Kautzky was continuously engaged in research and development of his own inventions and products, for example „Changer“, a universal ski-binding system.
Since 1994, has collaborated with Mag. Gerald Wurz in the invention and development of SunSquare SunSails, including acquisition of a global patent. Has been involved in the continual refinement and development of SunSquare‘s components, which has also led to research and development  in co-operation with SunSquare’s suppliers, for example Somfy and Sattler AG.

Mag. Gerald Wurz

SunSquare’s inventor and head designer. He has a classical education as an industrial designer – graduate of the Polytechnic for Machine Construction and the Academy for Applied Arts in Vienna (Master class with Paolo Piva), Technical University Graz, Austria  and the Royal College of Art for Industrial Design, London, England. Design and development of furniture and room dividers. Established the company „Novaform“, which took part in the Premier Design Fair, New York, winning a 1st Place Design Award. Collaboration with Norbert Kautzky since 1994. Design and development of SunSquare SunSails, including a world-wide patent. Nominated for Austria’s national design award.  red dot Design Award Winner 2010.