This is a great example of how innovative technical textiles are implemented into contemporary architecture for the Heraeus holding in Hanau, Germany. Heraeus is a globally leading technology group, headquartered in Hanau, Germany. Founded in 1851, it is a family-owned portfolio company which traces its roots back to a pharmacy opened by the family in 1660. Today, Heraeus combines businesses in the environmental, energy, electronics, health, mobility and industrial applications sectors. In the 2017 financial year, Heraeus generated revenues of €21.8 billion. With approximately 13.000 employees in 40 countries, the FORTUNE Global 500-listed company holds a leading position in its global markets. Heraeus is one of the top 10 family-owned companies in Germany.
It is not a coincidence that a company such as Hereaus finds Sioen. We both strive for technical expertise, both have a commitment to excellence, a focus on innovation and entrepreneurial leadership and we both are constantly striving to improve our performances. We both create high-quality solutions for our clients and strengthen their long-term competitiveness by combining unique material expertise with leadership in technology.
For their innovation centre at their headquarters, the company has chosen a spectacular desing of the internationally renown architects Planquadrat. The innovation centre will be housed in an image-shaping, future-oriented and sustainable building design. The architectural design should also promote the identification of employees with their company.
The new building has an inviting and representative foyer, a generous, light-flooded airspace with vertical access and open gallery areas. This creates ample space for different types of communication and internal exchange. The building body around this central zone is planned as a "cluster" shape, thus making it multi-purpose. It comprises two further inner courtyards and allows for varied and differentiated visual relationships and lighting situations.
The German fabricator Ellerman Objektbau is manufacturer and worldwide fitter for architectural concepts made with technical textiles. They specialise in the fields of trade fair and event construction, as well as in airport expansion and special equipment in 2D and 3D for lighting and acoustic applications.
The systematic integration of innovative technologies, quality and optimized assembly processes are of great importance to Ellerman Objektbau. Sustainability and the conservation of resources is a determinating factor in selecting their suppliers. As one of the leading producers of technical textiles for tensile architecture in the world, Sioen can comply with all requirements of the fabricator, the architect and the builder.
Sioen unique state-of-the-art machinery and highly skilled staff, guarantee unbeatable quality of our products with and extraordinary product stability, flat stretched fabric with better overall distensile properties and short lead times. The façade mesh that has been used in this particular project is perfectly suited for this rear-ventilated or decorative façade cladding solution. Technical textiles may deliver plenty of improvements, from building aesthetic to construction physical characteristics like weather protection, direct sunlight screening and visual sheltering implentation engaging the building value and components lifespan.
Picture credits to Martin Geyer.