• Sugar City Silos
    Sugar City Silos
  • Aluminium House System
    Aluminium House System
  • Ballingdon Bridge
    Ballingdon Bridge
  • Osterfildern Building
    Osterfildern Building
The incredible high strength-to-weight ratio of aluminium makes it possible to design light structures with exceptionally stability. The use of aluminium provides architects with the means to meet required performance specifications, while minimizing expenditure on foundations. Thanks to the metal’s inherent strength, aluminium window and curtain wall frames can be very narrow, maximizing solar gains for given outer dimensions. In addition to which, the material’s light weight makes it cheaper and easier to transport and handle on site and reduces the risk of work-related injury.
Glas-aluminium façade used for the rear of the building
Protective aluminium skin used for the front of the building

Osterfildern Building

Ostfildern-Kemnat, Germany

With their project in Ostfildern the German architects Sonja and Robert Brixner succeeded in creating the perfect combination of creative aluminium façade design, durability and high energy efficiency.

Transparent insulation systems, low temperature furnace heating surfaces, an optimum amount of glass in the facade and an exterior sunscreen system operated via photocells provide an excellent indoor climate.  Energy is generated by means of two geothermal probes and a heat pump. The photovoltaic elements on the southern part of the roof produce the required energy for the hydraulic systems and the internal pumps.

The material for the northern facade and the rear – ventilated roof construction (with double standing seam) had to be environmentally compatible, durable and weather-resistant.

Pre-painted aluminium in standing seam quality was chosen because it fulfilled all the requirements and excelled the other materials in lightness and processibility. Pre-painted aluminium in standing seam quality is the ideal solution for all kinds of individual and contemporary design in roofing and facade cladding. Due to the great variety of colours the aluminium can be either blended in the constructional surroundings or be used as contrast. The aluminium is coil coated with a PVdF paint system that applies colour in two or four layers. As a result, the  surfaces are of first-rate quality and have high colour permanence.

Another advantage is the material’s high flexibility allowing individual and architecturally challenging scopes for design. Apart from that, the used aluminium can easily compensate movements of the building or temperature changes.