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Glass sliding doors in spectacular architecture

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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.

Photo Credit: © Jürgen Pollak / GEZE GmbH

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.

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GEZE automatic doors in the experimenta Science Center. © Jürgen Pollak / GEZE GmbH

Glass sliding doors create visual consistency

The glass façade at the main entrance features an automatic sliding door system as an aesthetic feature that is at the same time discreet enough not to interrupt the consistent glass design. GEZE made its contribution with an innovative automatic sliding door with integrated all-glass leaves (IGG). The door profiles are not visible on the glass surface, as they can be found between the panes. Neither does the door drive interrupt the discreet design. The Slimdrive SL NT IGG drive is only 7 cm high and easily disappears into the glass façade.
The entrance area. Automatic sliding door as integrated all-glass system with Slimdrive SL NT IGG drive systems with emergency exit control. © Jürgen Pollak / GEZE GmbH

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.

© Jürgen Pollak / GEZE GmbH
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