The 180sqm multipurpose room is formed by solid glued laminated timber members and complex trapezoidal panes of glass. The architects specified northern red oak from America for the glulam members, which had to comply with the stipulations of FSC certification. In order to achieve the high production quality required for the glulam members, every single one was designed in 3D and the data sent directly to a five-axis CNC machine for processing. seele’s implementation concept satisfied the high demands regarding the complex details and the stipulations regarding sustainability. It was crucial that the puristic glass look be maintained for the glass balustrades. Each balustrade is supported along the bottom edge of the glass, with horizontal loads being carried by an adhesive joint in structural glazing quality between the stainless steel and glass. The design work was backed up by intensive testing.
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