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Interpane Glas Industrie: first-rate sustainable architecture

2010-05-01 | Glazing / Insulating Glass

HafenCity Hamburg is located right on the banks of the Elbe River. This inner-city construction project, currently the largest in Europe, features modern and sustainable architecture. One example is the Unilever building, designed by Behnisch Architects: As graceful as an “ocean liner”, the new headquarters of the consumer goods producer is located at Strandkai 1. The building combines climate protection and transparency: ipasol solar control glass (Interpane) allows for high levels of daylight transmission and, therefore, it lowers the costs for indoor lighting. At the same time, it also prevents the rooms from heating up too much on hot summer days and thereby reduces the need for air conditioning. Seven levels spanning 30,000 square metres provide plenty of room for 1,200 employees to interact and communicate.

Interpane Glas Industrie: first-rate sustainable architecture
Right between Speicherstadt and the Elbe River, on an area of 157 hectares, a new quarter with residential buildings, office buildings, shopping centres, restaurants and leisure time facilities is growing – Hamburg’s HafenCity. This growing process will continue well into the 2020s. A total of 40,000 new jobs will be created. A new architectural highlight in the skyline is the new Unilever headquarters for Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. The building resembles the cruise ships that are anchored in the immediate vicinity. Inside the building, the enormous transparency generates a feeling of openness and freedom. The peripheral ipasol solar control glazing façade promotes this concept with its high level of daylight transmission, while preventing excessive heat build-up at the same time in the case of intensive solar radiation. There are hardly any small individual offices: Bridges and stairs connect the wings; conferences take place in so-called “meeting points” that exist on each level and have a positive impact on communication among the staff.
Its atrium is the heart of the building: As a “communication spot”, it is accessible to the staff and visitors alike – a concept that under-scores Unilever’s company philosophy of “openness, vitality, and quality of life.”

The building sets new ecological standards with the golden environment award of the HafenCity Hamburg GmbH, the WAF (World Architecture Festival Award), an...


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Year: 2010 number: 3
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