Newly opened in April 2019, the largest Science Center in Germany, the experimenta in Heilbronn focuses on learning, research and experimentation, so automatic doors by GEZE were a natural inclusion. The futuristic architecture of the new building and the constant high numbers of visitors demand automatic glass sliding doors and glass swing doors with very special characteristics. And GEZE has delivered, with its flexible series programme and professional skill to make even a specific swing door solution quite simple. The automatic swing and sliding doors fit perfectly into the glass façade and the transparent interior. They support accessibility and safety in a building worth living in.
The experimenta’s exciting programme encourages a love of knowledge and delight in experimenting. Even the architecture of the new building is experimental. The six floors are twisted against each other as a ‘spatial spiral’ – a transparent structure with five façade sides each. They are made completely of glass.
Glass sliding doors create visual consistency
Door aesthetics combined with energy efficiency
Further benefits of the Slimdrive SL NT IGG sliding door system include energy efficiency and the prevention of heat loss in the atrium. The plastic frame, invisibly integrated between two flush panes and reinforced with glass fibres, enables thermal separation of the door profiles. This means that the large door leaves contribute to thermal insulation at the façade entrance, and subsequently, to climate protection as well.
Glass sliding doors ensure accessibility and safety
The experimenta expects to welcome 250,000 visitors a year, even more than for the previous successful exhibition. When schools, groups and families want to enter and exit the new building conveniently, accessibly and quickly, the doors of the main entrance must endure genuine stress tests. Automatic sliding door systems, with the tried-and-tested door drives from the Slimdrive series, are designed for permanent opening and closing operation: reliably, gently and quietly.
Where large groups of people come together, safety is the top priority. The large and wide sliding doors meet the highest safety standards for persons. Equipped with the Slimdrive SL NT-FR drive variant for emergency exits, the building can be exited quickly and accessibly in the event of danger.
For the best automatic doors right from the start
Four years of planning and construction lie behind the new experimenta, creating an extended offer which looks even further to the future. During the planning of the building, project experts from GEZE became involved with the project from an early stage. With their professional skills and experience in architecturally challenging, highly frequented exhibition buildings, they were able to develop ideas from the beginning, work on suggestions for all possible door solutions, and subsequently create an efficient network for exchanges between architects, specialist planners and all parties involved in the construction. This led to the realisation of aesthetically pleasing automatic doors that also meet the structural and safety requirements of door usage.
The experimenta Science Center: ‘Knowledge creates experience’
It is the largest science centre in Germany. Children, youngsters, schools and families gain a better understanding of science and technology in a unique world of scientific adventure covering a total area of 25,000 m2.
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