The production plant for Frerichs Glas is a continuation of the kind of minimised constructions we had already designed for trade fair halls 8/9 and 27 in Hanover. Here, too, the aim was the integral deve-lopment of concepts for construction, lighting, ventilation, and energy technology. Over a design period of several years, involving many changes to the floor plans and production technology, the concept showed itself to be flexible and sustainable. The column grid and the line of the crane track in an existing building determined the width of the new building and the position of the columns in it. Despite these constraints, we achieved a consistent overall structural concept. The secondary beams are sha-ped to follow a catenary, starting from the main trusses, and thus reduce the volume of the hall that has to be heated. Thanks to the catenary, the underslung secondary beams can be dimensioned so as to save a great deal of material. The north-facing slopes of the roof are glazed and provide natural light, whereas the south-facing slopes are closed and internally reflect and spread light. The glass areas are protected by shade panels against direct entry of sunlight in the morning and evening and at midday during summer. These efficiently back-ventilated panels offer an ideal place to mount photovoltaic col-lectors. With its areas of glazing used for a number of very different functions, the production plant also reinforces the company’s corporate identity and demonstrates the wide range of types of glass produced here.
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