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Built with ReflectionsCinc: the WIP Center in Trier

ThyssenKrupp Steel : 22 June, 2007  (New Product)
The WIP science park is being built in the Petrisberg area of the German city of Trier roughly half way between the downtown area and the university. The 30-hectare site offers space and infrastructure in particular for companies providing knowledge-based services.
The development project is scheduled for completion in 2011, but 75 companies and university institutes have already taken up residence. The key investment project and central element of the park is the WIP Center, an office and seminar building offering around 800 square meters of gross floor area and boasting striking architecture. A key factor in the building’s appearance is the facade, made of sandwich elements from ThyssenKrupp Hoesch Bausysteme with a ReflectionsCinc coating.

The WIP Center is a bold piece of structural engineering: it comprises a vertical concrete shaft supporting a horizontal, rectangular body with two floors for seminar rooms and offices as well as a rooftop garden. The body projects to one side of the shaft by around two thirds, or 15.50 meters, and to the other by one third, or 7.50 meters, giving the impression that it is floating above the ground. The concrete shaft wraps around the horizontal section, which looks as if it has been inserted into its concrete pedestal. “Let’s hope it’s steel” may be the thought running through many people’s minds as they look at the aerial structure.

It is steel, and this configuration shows off the material’s lightness and elegance. The sides of the “floating” building section comprise steel lattice beams with clear-span steel floor joists inserted between them. This steel frame is clad in isowand vario sandwich elements from ThyssenKrupp Hoesch Bausysteme. The undersides projecting out from the concrete pedestal are also clad with isowand elements. The front and rear ends of the structure are glazed, while strip windows run along the sides to ensure there is plenty of light in the rooms.

The micro-profiled surfaces of the facade elements have been given a pale blue ReflectionsCinc coating. The characteristic feature of this decorative finish, only available on construction elements from ThyssenKrupp Steel subsidiary ThyssenKrupp Hoesch Bausysteme, is a printed spangle pattern which underlines the lightweight design and gives the surfaces an appealing appearance. It can be provided in colors which allow buildings to blend in harmoniously with their natural surroundings or neighboring structures.

Spangle is the name experts give to the organic-looking structure that forms on the surface of corrosion-protected steel due to irregular crystal growth in the protective zinc coating. ReflectionsCinc borrows this structure and uses it in greatly enlarged form on the surface of the color coating of construction elements. The steel strip from which the construction elements are produced is first given a color coating. In a second step the spangle-like pattern is printed on the surface. A transparent top coating provides the necessary protection.

The colors for ReflectionsCinc are from the ReflectionsOne collection, developed in association with the renowned color designer Friedrich Ernst von Garnier. The collection consists of 21 carefully coordinated color series. It enables architects and planners to design the colors of buildings to blend harmoniously with their surroundings and satisfy the needs of users and visitors.
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