Airbus helicopters, Donauwörth (DE)
Design, function and sustainability for a high-tech company
Airbus helicopters, a division of the aeronautic and space specialist Airbus, concentrates at its site of Donauwörth in Bavaria/Germany its development, prototyping, fabrication, service and training departments. Owner and architect had the clear objective to create ideal working conditions in their new development centre. As a solution they opted, for a large proportion of the building skin, for the material fibre glass. Inside the building the special light transmittance creates a uniform illumination level without hard shadow lines. The entire façade and door surface can literally be used in a passive way to reduce artificial lighting cost. At the same time the material offers a high static resistance and a thermal transmittance level which corresponds to insulating double glazing. The g-value, decisive for the control of transmission of solar radiation has been limited to 0.28. With a very low proper weight of only around 10 kg/m² only a reduced static load is transferred into the building structure and a concise horizontal accentuation of the building design with panel sizes of 10 x 1 m could be realised. Externally the requested homogeneous impression could be achieved by using the identical material and design for the approx. 2000 m² of VARIOPLANplus façade and the total of 16 SPACELITE stacking doors. These doors, varying in size from 4.0 x 3.5 m to 8.5 x 6.5 m, blend perfectly into the façade design and are partially equipped with transparent glazing. Due to the self-supporting construction, the special stacking technology of the door panels in a cassette behind the lintel, and the abstinence of wear-sensitive components like hinges, ropes and springs the solutions for AIRBUS helicopters generate an optimal synthesis of design, function and sustainability.
2000 m2 curtain walls VARIOPLANplus in horizontal application. Infill fibreglass with a length of up to 10.0 m, 40 mm, colour Brilliant.
11 SPACELITE HT60H, 5000 x 6600 mm, Brillant
1 SPACELITE HT60H, 7600 x 6600 mm, Brillant
1 SPACELITE HT80/400, 10000 x 6600 mm Brillant
1 SPACELITE HT80/400, 8500 x 6600 mm Brillant