Sustainable fun with façades
formparts.fab as flexible solution for creative architecture
With sophisticated architectural concepts in particular, as is the case here at the Lichtfabrik, contractors can often quickly reach the limits of feasibility. Rieder has specialised for many years in complying with the wishes and visions of special design ideas and supporting them with planning and feasible proposals and flexible concrete products. In close cooperation with the metalworker and the facade processor, a tailor-made solution was found for the vision of the team of architects for the Lichtfabrik project. The prefabricated substructure was delivered to the Rieder factory, where the formparts.fab were assembled and prepared for delivery to Berlin.
Most of the facade structure was realised in polygonally tilted and tinted curtain-type concrete elements. "If the virtually animated flowing dress stands for a maximum of formal freedom and the faithful replica of a Berlin made of stone for maximum restriction, then this curtain wall is our synthesis, our way of echoing this discourse through the medium of construction. By twisting the large pairs of windows by a few degrees, the flat surface of the curtain wall is translated into a polygonally modulated garment. This means the facade is not pure decoration, rather it follows the formal effect of the intervention initiated by the design," says architect Michael Pape (Stoeckert Architects) about the concept of the street-facing facade.
Much more than just decoration: the new formparts.fab
Due to their low weight and large span widths, Rieder formed parts are perfect for facades with challenging geometries. The new sharp-edged formparts.fab are not formed from one slat like the conventional formparts.mono, they are assembled from several parts. With this method, the edges can be formed with a chamfer of 3 mm (+/- 1.5). This makes the elements even more flexible; up to seven metres long, the wide range of surfaces, textures and colours of the flat concrete skin panels and another important factor: the substructure is just as straightforward and economical as a facade with straight panels.
The new shaped elements by Rieder thus meet even more architects' wishes and are at the same time easy and straightforward to install. This makes formparts.fab an extremely economical solution for challenging building envelopes. Pre-assembly in the factory, independent of weather conditions, guarantees a high quality standard and rapid assembly on site. With the introduction of this product innovation, Rieder remains true to its goal of providing architects with the right tools and products that allow them to implement their ideas using concrete at the highest level. Furthermore, formparts.fab of course meet the same high standards of sustainability as all other Rieder products.
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