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A golden veil for the synagogue
12/29/2009

The conspicuous golden outer skin of the glass dome was made to specifications using the spiral mesh type Escale of the Dueren-based metal weaver GKD - Gebr. Kufferath AG. Made of bronze, the spirals of the mesh were widened to create the optical impression of an equilateral triangle. An impression reinforced by the similarly triangular construction of the glass façade behind the mesh. The overlapping of the elements creates an abstract Star of David.

The decision to use the material bronze was influenced not only by the aesthetic beauty of the material but also by its functional advantages. The copper-tin alloy's high tin content of between 7.5 and 8.5 percent makes for a gold-like color. As time passes, the bronze will oxidize and lend the building a unique patina of its own. Furthermore, the long service-life, non-flammability, easy maintenance and recyclability of the woven metal mesh make this material a technically and economically attractive solution. The roof and façade of the glass lantern are clad in a total of 1,300 square metre of Escale mesh. For this first large-scale application of the bronze variant that mesh type, sixteen façade elements and seventy roof elements were connected to make fourteen metre long elements. The façade elements were attached at the top to the steel substructure using inserted bronze flat profiles; in the middle they were screwed to a bronze pipe construction; and at the bottom they were stretched tight to the substructure via fork terminals and tendon pipes.

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Photo © GKD, Synagogue Munich, Germany
Photo © GKD, Synagogue Munich, Germany
Photo © Rafael Forero, Stylepark
Photo © Rafael Forero, Stylepark
Photo © Rafael Forero, Stylepark
Photo © GKD