In its usual skilful way, seele has transformed the architects’ vision into a design in which materials and structure are minimised. For example, the load-bearing frames are glass fins, which are combined with a newly developed technique involving titanium components laminated into the glass for even greater transparency. In addition, seele has once again pushed back the frontiers of the feasible by producing glass columns up to 14m long. Stainless steel sections finish off the frames internally and externally. The complex geometry of the panes of glass calls for absolute precision: Cross-sections and plan forms with multiple twists in addition to the diagonal lines of these glass structures result in numerous different angles and a corresponding number of different formats for the glass envelope.
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