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EAWAG Dübendorf – Thermally separated telescopic sliding doors for sustainable buildings
In order to meet the growing demand for extra space, Eawag and Empa jointly constructed Forum Chriesbach in Dübendorf. The members of the Eco Team were consulted from the outset, when the project specification was formulated. Issues of sustainable development were given high priority right from the start. The stipulations were to achieve as high a degree as possible of self-sufficiency in terms of energy supply from renewable energy sources, an exemplary and efficient use of water (including the separation of urine), and the use of environmentally friendly materials and landscaping that provides a beneficial environment for flora and fauna as well as people. Forum Chriesbach became operational in July 2006, since which time it has been the headquarters of Eawag.
The Forum Chriesbach is located on the Empa-Eawag site in Dübendorf. The office and research building, which also houses the library, training rooms and the staff canteen, has set new standards in sustainable development. When planning the building, the construction techniques and technology employed pushed the then available systems to their limits. For example, the building uses four times less energy than a conventional building; the office areas are neither heated nor cooled by conventional systems. And the installation of a sophisticated sanitation system - NoMix toilets which separate urine, rainwater used for flushing toilets - means that the latest research results of Eawag are tested in everyday situations. Almost 2000 visitors from Switzerland and abroad come to view the building each year and it has been the subject of numerous media reports and publications
The building is a compact entity with a large glass-roofed atrium which allows daylight and - a welcome feature in winter - the heat from the sun to enter the building. The reinforced steel frame construction acts as a heat and cold storage unit, while the interior clay and gypsum walls in the offices regulate air humidity. The escape balconies are accessible from every room and are fitted with the striking blue glass panels which turn to follow the sun and provide shade or let in the sun according to the season. The rooms are distributed in a U shape around the 5-storey atrium which offers a true spatial experience with its suspended meeting cubicles and the open staircase. The reception and exhibition area in the atrium can also be used for major events. A model of the water molecule with an image projection system is the eye-catching feature in the entrance area.
The space allocation plan comprises 165 office workstations, a lecture hall for 80–140 persons, 2 seminar rooms for 30–40 persons each, seven meeting rooms for a total of 110 persons, contact areas on four floors with desks and seating areas, the library shared by Eawag and Empa, the aQa staff canteen as well as adjoining rooms and technical service areas.
CBRE | St Martin’s Square | London
CBRE’s is the world’s largest commercial property and real estate services adviser. Their newly refurbished London office, overlooking St Martin’s Square, is home to over 900 staff, who are located over 6 floors.
To complete the office transformation, CBRE wanted to replace their existing automatic doors at the front and rear of the building with stylish doors which were safe, reliable and ensured effortless pedestrian flow. To avoid any disruption to both staff and visitors, doors had to be installed over the Easter Bank Holiday, whilst the office was closed.
Two record K 41 stainless steel four-leaf revolving doors constructed from glass to provide a modern, minimalistic look were installed. Complete with built in safety features activated by infrared detectors, the revolving doors have been programmed to operate once a door leaf is manually pushed. This not only allows all staff and visitors to pass through the turnstiles safely and easily before they rotate back to a standstill but provides energy savings as the doors are only activated when used and not by passers-by on the busy road and square outside.
A stainless steel swing door complete with a record DFA 127 operator has also been installed next to revolving door at the main entrance to provide a wider opening for disabled access and deliveries of large, bulky items to the premises. This compact, elegant operator, which is operated by an access control system, is almost silent in operation and complements the overall look of the reception area.
Paul Charman, Operations Manager commented: The revolving doors look impressive and add the finishing touch to the office, whilst helping minimise the level of noise and draft entering the building from outside. Despite extremely tight deadlines, record uk installed all doors on time, due to excellent planning and co-ordination.
AFG Arbonia-Forster Holding AG (Switzerland)
Arbonia Forster Holding AG, headquartered in Switzerland, is a supplier to the international construction industry. Its 6000 employees are active at 12 manufacturing facilities, and the 50 sales companies generate around a billion Swiss Francs of sales per year.
A portion of AFG’s business consists of the manufacture of door profiles and special doors, all of which are automated using drive systems by record. The doors at their headquarters in Arbon all feature drives provided by record.
debis Systemhaus, Berlin (Germany)
Located very close to the Potsdamer Platz in Berlin, the debis-Haus is located in a district known as Daimler City. Designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, it was built in 1993, but the Daimler subsidiary debis didn’t move in until1997. Renamed Atrium Tower some 16 years later, it is considered to be one of Berlin’s most eye-catching buildings, and functions today as the home to news media channel N24.
Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, it is no longer a publicly accessible building. The entrances consist of twin radial sliding doors designed as interlocks with under floor drives. The doors have a diameter of 2900mm and a height of 2650 mm.
St. Pancras Station, London (England)
An under floor door drive enjoys a special status. The extra effort required in construction to install the drive unit below ground enables the creation of a free, airy architectural style, and therefore often plays a role in representative glass constructions.
Here at the impressive St. Pancras railway station in London, it makes perfect sense that our C 90 SU model has been chosen to provide access to the platforms in the terminal-like Euro Star zone.
The drive units are protected to IP67 norms and standards by highly effective seals preventing the ingress of dirt, dust and the occasionally aggressive cleaning fluids of floor cleaning machines. They also defy the rain, even the English sort!
Centre Hospitalier de Luxembourg
This is an urban hospital in Luxembourg belonging to a group that includes four specialist hospitals. The total budget amounts to about 300 million Euros.
The hospital features record CLEAN K1 hygienic sliding doors in automatic and manual versions. The models that do not feature seals around the profile edges to ensure a hermetically airtight seal are mainly fitted within the airtight zones. Their durable surfaces enable easy, thorough cleaning.
Clinique des Grangettes, Geneva (Switzerland)
Located near the centre of Geneva, the Clinique des Grangettes enjoys a privileged, quiet location. Its main specialties are maternity, special surgery, cardiology, oncology, paediatrics and radiology.
record has equipped the Clinique des Grangettes with hermetically sealing doors with additional fire protection features. In addition to preventing airflow by fitting seals around the edge of the entire profile, the doors are provided with additional seals which swell in case of fire, thus preventing flames or smoke from spreading for at least 30 minutes. To enable the door to shut to prevent the spread of fire during a power failure, the door is fitted with a counterbalance. In the event of a power failure, the drive unit, attached by a magnet, is decoupled, the door leaf with its counterweight obeys gravity and uses its energy to close the door safely and securely.
Children’s Clinic Erlangen
The children’s’ clinic at the University Hospital of Erlangen treats pre-mature and newborn babies, children and teens of all ages. To ensure optimal care, depending on the medical condition and age, it has various departments and clinics staffed by experienced paediatricians, equipped with modern diagnostic and therapeutic tools and techniques. They work closely with highly qualified nurses, physiotherapists and educators for the health of its young patients.
Also playing a part in the patients’ recovery, the hospital features several dozen record CLEAN K1-A hermetically sealing automatic doors. The doors stand out with their large glass surfaces, which flood the building and fill the hallways with natural light. Blinds that close at the touch of a button are fitted to the glazed areas to create completely private zones.
Hug Bakery, Zurich (Switzerland)
The Hug Bakery was founded in Lucerne, Switzerland, when Josef Hug-Meyer, who was later to lend the Hug rusk (or Zwieback) his name, started a bakery back in 1877. Even today the company is family-owned and is now in its fifth generation. Hug maintains 10 branches throughout Switzerland, of which the latest was opened in the Birmersdorferstrasse in Zurich in 2013.
BMW Hollenstein Aesch (Switzerland)
BMW Hollenstein in Aesch near Basel fully utilizes innovative technology. Completed in 2012, the operations centre uses only pioneering, sustainable infrastructure. The fully electric powered BMW models i3 and i8 are recharged at a special station prominently situated by the entrance. The electricity comes from a powerful solar energy plant located on the top of the roof. Any surplus electricity is fed back into the grid.
Little wonder, then, that only doors of usual design and construction were suitable for a building such as this. Again, innovation has found its way here too, enabling us to build one of Switzerland’s first record THERMCORD systems into the entrance porch.
MUC Airport, Munich (Germany)
Franz Josef Strauss Airport is located in Munich, Germany, and opened in 1992. With 42 million passengers per year, it is second only to Frankfurt as Germany’s largest airport. It employs about 30,000 people, and regularly comes in the top 10 in a variety of international rankings.
Many record doors are featured in Munich, the most unusual of which is the three-wing revolving model shown here, which was built around a concrete column.
Grand Hotel Quellenhof, Bad Ragaz (Switzerland)
The Grand Hotel Quellenhof symbolises the classic, luxurious elegance of the Swiss grand hotel industry. Winner of multiple awards, including "Leading Spa", it is a member of “The Leading Hotels of the World” international group and “Swiss Deluxe Hotels”.
Tschuggen Grand Hotel Arosa (Switzerland)
Situated in the Graubünden mountains in the tranquil Arosa region, the Tschuggen Grand Hotel is one of the most prestigious five-star hotels in Switzerland. For guests resident in the 98 rooms and 32 exclusively designed suites, numerous employees labour round the clock to make their stay as pleasant as possible. The 6 restaurants, bars and lounges serve a wide range of culinary delights.
The spa and wellness zone sets standards that have not been matched anywhere else; a glass bridge connects the hotel with the world famous Tschuggen Bergoase spa: 5000 square metres of private paradise designed to ravish the senses and created by the famous architect Mario Botta. Opulent yet filigree sails made of glass and steel open up the spa’s deep corners to the sky and mountains, flooding the four levels with light and breathtaking panoramic views.
And as if that were not exclusive enough for the demanding clientele, the hotel's own Tschuggen Express, the only mountain railway in Switzerland with leather-covered bucket seats, transports residents to the heart of the Arosa-Lenzerheide ski and hiking area in less than two and a half minutes.
The Dolder Grand, Zurich (Switzerland)
The Dolder Grand is a 5-star hotel located at Zurich-Hottingen; it used to be called the Dolder Grand Hotel, and has been located here since 1899. The original "Curhaus" dating back to 1899 also belonged to the luxury class of city spas. Located on the western slopes of the Adlisberg between the pulsating city and the invigorating countryside, it provides a magnificent view of the city of Zurich, the lake and the Alps.
The Dolder Grand features 176 luxurious rooms and suites, exquisite cuisine, a spa covering 4,000 square meters, spacious banqueting and conference rooms, as well as a valuable art collection.
Four Seasons Hotel, Geneva (Switzerland)
Located directly on Lake Geneva, it was constructed in 1834 and is the oldest luxury hotel in Switzerland, as well as one of the city’s historical landmarks.
The Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues is the first and only one of its kind in Switzerland. Built in neoclassical style, guests are seduced by its 70 rooms and 45 suites, creative Italian cuisine, exceptional bar, elegant lounges, business centre and gym, ensuring a highly enjoyable stay. Conscientious staff provides excellent, attentive service.
Renowned interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon designed the guest rooms and suites with great elegance, combining the classic looks and style of the hotel with the latest technology. Let the views of the lake, the Old Town and courtyard enchant you. The rooms are bright and airy, decorated in blue and green fabrics and colours, light-coloured woods and Louis Philippe-style furnishings. Almost a quarter of the rooms are spacious suites, most with step-out balconies overlooking Lake Geneva.
City Gate Düsseldorf
City Gate is as much a part of the modern Düsseldorf skyline as Kniebrücke, Landtag, Rhine Tower and the new port skyscrapers. The new skyline presents the latest developments in modern Düsseldorf in terms of architecture and cityscape projects, not forgetting the historic old town with its river Rhine promenade.
Among others, City Gate provides offices for the North Rhine-Westphalian Prime Minister. A special feature of the 80-meter-high office tower is the central hallway, which measures some 65 meters in height, and is lined with offices. The building determined by this arrangement has the character of a gatehouse, which explains its name.
We supplied the entrance consisting of two three-leaf revolving doors that stylishly blend into the airy steel and glass facade. The revolving doors also support generously dimensioned curved porches that become especially eye-catching at night with their soft lighting.
Merck Finck Bank, Munich (Germany)
The private bank Merck Finck & Co.was founded in 1870, and is headquartered in Munich, Germany. It has 305 employees, and has since 2012 been a subsidiary of KBL European Private Bankers, and thus owned by Holding Precision Capital in Luxembourg, who also represent the interests of private investors from Qatar.
Discretion is one of the most important features of the banking industry. Appropriately, at their Munich headquarters, an under-floor drive unit has been fitted to the heavy swing door, doing its work silently and discreetly.
Deutsche Bank Berlin (Germany)
The Berlin headquarters of Deutsche Bank are located in the Charlottenstrasse, which is also home to the Bank’s Kunsthalle or art gallery, and record products are well represented here. The sandstone building, built in the nineteen twenties, features three door systems abreast, giving the entrance a new and attractive face. This look creates an aesthetic tension between the use of modern materials on the one hand, and the historical aspects of the building on the other.
Paris Airport CDG (France)
The largest airport in France and second largest in Europe, it is Air France’s international hub. It comprises more than 600 companies and about 75,500 employees, so it is one of the most important business locations in the Paris region. It handles 66 million passengers annually, making it number eight in the world.
Charles de Gaulle Airport trusts in record security products, and has installed several different FlipFlow models here at a range of security levels; all are doing reliable service.
Marin Centre Marin-Epagnier (Switzerland)
The Marin Centre in French-speaking canton of Neuchâtel has more than 30 shops and numerous restaurants and cafes on two levels, providing a wide range of goods and services.
To supply the main entrance door, record was chosen. A huge and impressive record revolving entrance door some 6 meters in diameter is the first thing visitors to the Marin Centre see.
Valencia Airport VLC (Spain)
Valencia Airport is located in Manises, 8 km west of Valencia, in Spain. In time for the America's Cup in 2007, this international airport was modernized and expanded, and received, among other new features, a new terminal building.
Again, the tried-and-tested record FlipFlow TWIN models are installed here, smoothly controlling the flow of passengers and preventing unauthorized access to the restricted zones.
Barcelona Airport BCN (Spain)
With almost 40 million passengers per year, El Prat Airport in Barcelona is Spain's second largest airport (only Madrid-Barajas is larger), and the tenth largest in Europe. The terminals use several record FlipFlow TWIN models, creating one-way secure access points between the restricted areas and public areas, enabling passenger flows to be automatically and smoothly controlled.
Sainte-Marie Clinic (France)
The Sainte-Marie clinic is based in Osny in the Val-d'Oise. It comprises nursing home, a facility for care and rehabilitation, psychotherapeutic and medical centres, radiation treatment and oncology, as well as a medical imaging centre.
Virtually all the automatic doors here were supplied by record, lending the building a co-ordinated appearance and ensuring cost savings in maintenance.
Vienna’s Exhibition Centre (Austria)
A distinctive office tower marks the location of Vienna’s Exhibition Centre, pointing the way to Austria’s most important trade fair venue. About 20 events are held here annually, with the Centre hosting mainly specialist exhibiitors. Vienna’s Exhibition Centre plays a substantial role in the economy of the area; spread over 15 hectares, it has over 70,000 m² of exhibition space, as well as a convention centre.
Billund Airport (Danmark)
In international terms, Billund is a small airport, with only 2.9 million passengers per year, and only Denmark’s second largest, but for children, an extremely important one because it is located close to Legoland and the Lego factory.
Billund has direct flights to 40 destinations.
Burg Hohenklingen, Stein am Rhein (Switzerland)
The Hohenklingen Burg or castle is a landmark perched about 200 meters above the small, picturesque town of Stein am Rhein in Switzerland. In the course of its long history, it has been protected from war and destruction and thus still looks very much as it did in medieval times.
Today the Hohenklingen Castle with its restaurant and impressive views is a popular destination for day visitors and event catering, popular well beyond its national boundaries.
The comprehensive restoration, completed in 2007, has enabled record to play its part in making many parts of the castle wheelchair-accessible.
Zurich Airport (Switzerland)
Zurich Airport is Switzerland ‘s largest and most important international hub and is ranked 13th in Europe, with passenger volumes reaching 26 million per year. The renowned Skytrax scheme regularly ranks Zurich among the best 10 airports in the world. The family of airport businesses contains approximately 270 companies and employs more than 25,000 people.
Zurich Airport is located close to our Fehraltorf headquarters. But this is irrelevant to its operator, who puts far greater emphasis on the long life, exceptional reliability and, most important, high safety level of our products. A perfect example is the installation of several one-way security access systems of the record FlipFlow type. Our extended model, the TWIN, shows the traveller the right way to go, and reliably and effectively prevents uncontrolled return to the restricted area.
Zürcher Cantonal Bank Rüti (Switzerland)
The cantonal banks have traditionally played an important role in the Swiss domestic banking scene, with a 30% share of the market. They are owned by their respective Canton, which is also their primary market. All together, the 24 cantonal banks have around 19,000 employees. About a quarter of the Banks’ total assets of 562 billion Swiss francs was generated by Zurich’s Cantonal Bank.
Rolex Flagshipstore, Zurich (Switzerland)
For one of the world’s most exclusive brands at one of the world’s most exclusive addresses record supplied the main entrance door.
Opened in January 2013, the Rolex Boutique is run and maintained by the long-established family business of Carl-Friedrich Bucherer. The heavy security door, finished in 24-carat gold, was fitted with a modified underground drive to ensure reliable but silent operation despite its enormous weight.