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ReflectionsLume: The nature of steel

ThyssenKrupp Steel : 23 June, 2006  (New Product)
A design principle frequently used by architects and planners is to make building materials visible and emphasize their character. After all, the personality of a building is determined not only by its shape and color, but also by the materials it is built with.
A new color coating has now been developed for construction elements from ThyssenKrupp Hoesch Bausysteme GmbH which emphasizes rather than conceals the steel they are made from. This translucent coating is called ReflectionsLume and has made such an impact with customers that two reference orders have already been placed for facade elements featuring this new look.

The new translucent colors, developed in collaboration with renowned color designer Friedrich Ernst von Garnier, are available in 14 shades which are matched in such a way that combinations provide a natural, genial effect. Visible through the coating are so-called spangles, an organic-looking structure which forms on the surface of corrosion-protected steel as a result of irregular crystal growth in the protective zinc layer.

The substrate for the translucent coating on ThyssenKrupp Hoesch Bausysteme construction elements is hot-dip coated GALVALUME steel strip from ThyssenKrupp Steel with an aluminum/zinc alloy coating on both sides. For ReflectionsLume, the strip is prepared during cold rolling so that the spangles are particularly visible after hot-dip coating.

The advantage for planners and architects is that materials with the ReflectionsLume coating are colored but still instantly recognizable as steel. Also, as the spangles form spontaneously and naturally, each coating is unique and has its own characteristic structure. The pattern may vary over the facade of a building, but without disrupting the harmonious overall effect. Despite being mass-produced, ReflectionsLume gives buildings an individual character.

ReflectionsLume coatings are available for the entire range of facade elements from ThyssenKrupp Hoesch Bausysteme. It is currently being used on Thermowand heat-insulating facade elements for a production facility being built in the Bavarian town of Eggenfelden to a design by the architectural firm of Müller. A total of 1,250 square meters of Thermowand elements with the ReflectionsLume coating are being used. In Italy, construction will shortly begin near Treviso on an office building which will feature 1,250 square meters of flat-rolled steel sheet in ReflectionsLume finish.
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