The Perfect Staging of a Vision Come to Life.

If a building can represent the philosophy of a company in such a congenial manner as the LEONARDO glass cube, the identity of the brand can also be expressed on an architectural level. Corporate architecture understands functional structures as symbols of their identity and elevates buildings to the level of identity statements, thus making them into an essential component of communication in the overall presentation of their business.

To present this extraordinary project as an adequate staging of a vision, it was absolutely essential to combine effective interdisciplinary collaboration with experienced specialists and exploit their ability to explore and cross new boundaries.

The company behind the brand stands for ambitious and innovative design with equally high standards for their values. Inspiration, emotion and quality are fundamental factors of corporate culture that can also be discovered in spatial implementation. Glass plays a major role in the building and – in the spirit of corporate architecture – reflects a distinguishing identity feature of the brand in the area of architecture. 
The LEONARDO glass cube offers the perfect fusion of innovative spirit and high quality implementation. Thus, a global brand was created that equally fascinates guests, employees and customers.
Rosskopf + Partner is known for reliable routines, exceptional abilities, established engineering expertise, and the willingness to enlist unremittingly in developing their skills and materials. So we are the ideal partner to pioneer architectural projects, whose challenges we face with an optimal combination of experience and innovative thinking. You can recognize this at first glance – and the second – simply by looking at the components of the LEONARDO glass cube implemented by Rosskopf + Partner.

To present this extraordinary project as an adequate staging of a vision, it was absolutely essential to combine effective interdisciplinary collaboration with experienced specialists and exploit their ability to explore and cross new boundaries. 

Customer

“Trendsetting visions and people that live them.” This aptly describes the company Glaskoch B. Koch Jr. GmbH + Co. KG – a business that has been successfully managed by the Koch family for five generations and has become a market leader for glass ware and gifts. For 150 years, tradition and innovation have provided the basic concepts for the company, its culture and the brand LEONARDO. 
Pioneering spirit and constant willingness to change are strong motivators in the success story of the company and its brand name. This enabled Glaskoch to take a position as a premium participant in the international market – Leonardo is now sold worldwide in 92 countries. 

High standards for the quality of the glass material and the range of products at LEONARDO represent continuing development of the material and its properties. Even the area ‘design’ is characterized by constant innovation: the conversion of progressive ideas into first-rate glass objects is a notable strength of the company. 

Internationally renowned designers, such as Ross Lovegrove, Ron Arad, Ulf Moritz or Karim Rashid and others have converted their aesthetic visions into designs of the highest quality for Glaskoch. 

The structure in Bad Driburg – the Leonardo glass cube – is an architectural manifestation of visions coming alive. The philosophy and values of the company are reflected in the architecture and make it not only visible, but also tangible. It is an inspiring experience that opens the door for innovative work, creative development and exceptional presentations.

Architecture

With the LEONARDO glass cube, the 3DELUXE transdisciplinary design office in Wiesbaden provided the conceptual design of an object that is outstanding in both aesthetic and architectural complexity. The philosophy and culture of the Glashaus company and its brand were transformed into matter that offers a subtle complexity of experience levels and spatial characteristics.

In the interdisciplinary interaction between architecture, interior design, graphic design and landscape planning, a significant multi-functional company building was created in which product presentation areas, meeting rooms and work areas are integrated into an efficient network. Both the interior and exterior are combined on several levels in a mutual relationship, which opens diverse perspectives of perception for both visitors and viewers. Moreover, the glass cube is linked in a network of pathways with its environment, whose organic forms as curved pilasters personify both the building and the essential elements in its interior.

The LEONARDO glass cube consists of a glass cuboid-formed structure with voluminous cladding and a free form placed centrally in the interior. The formal contrasting elements create a 'room-within-a-room' situation, which allows it to be used for many different purposes. A curved white wall surface provides an introverted enclosed exhibition area and, at the same time, a more extroverted approach along the glass facade. Due to the so-called 'genetics' – three sculptured white structures – the separate building zones are linked together.

As you enter the overall structure, the dimensions of the interior world of the cube causes one to conjecture that the space is open, not only on the horizontal level, but also upward and downward. From the bridge on the ground floor, a generous view of the exhibition space in the lower level is possible. The interior as a whole is a cosmos, whose dynamically curved shape – in contrast to the exterior shell – unveils an atmospheric experience landscape. 

Due to their excellent competence, Rosskopf + Partner was able to accept the challenge of manufacturing the façade pilaster genetics and the interior, which, in terms of material-specific development, allowed them to successfully enter new territory. The reception counter, the counter in the bar, the lounge table, the parapet panelling and the washstands in the bathrooms were manufactured to our own capacious perfection.

Material

The unusual shape of the exterior and interior genetics and particularly high demands on the properties of the material presented a special challenge for production.  With this project, due to their many years of comprehensive engineering expertise, Rosskopf + Partner was able to open a new era in the processing of solid surface materials.

Exterior Genetics

For the vertical pilasters, as an extension of the pathway network and superimposed around the glass structure on the façade, solid surface material was used out of doors for the first time in its history. Rosskopf + Partner prepared the material HI-MACS ® by LG in such a way that weather does not affect its properties. This was accomplished using a specially-designed adhesive technology and a substructure. The extremely tight radii of the genetics presented a difficult challenge. Constructed up to a height of 6 meters, the two-dimensional pilasters were processed with seamless cladding all the way from the base to the parapets. Both the panels and the casting moulds for the entrance steps were manufactured by Rosskopf + Partner.

Interior Genetics

Because of the tight radii of the objects, in which three-dimensional thermal shaping and a seamless surface was essential, an adequate development of materials and processes was also necessary in the interior. The panelling for the genetics are composed of two deep-drawn half shells made of the solid surface material HI-MACS® by LG Hausys, which were first assembled as production models in original size. The support consists of a steel rod encased in a wooden structure. Rosskopf + Partner optimized the fit of the solid surface material components, which were thermally shaped, milled and polished to absolute perfection. They also sanded the interior genetics until they were flush and seamless and optimized the tangential gradient of the contours.

Furniture

  • Reception desk: Rosskopf + Partner machined the pattern using relief-milling in the backside of the desk façade appropriately to match it with the structure of the lighting fixtures. 
  • Wet bar: The impeccable design of the 'Lifestyle' bar made of HI-MACS® by LG Hausys presents itself in seamless elegance with its surroundings.
  • Lounge Table: The extraordinary lounge table was screen printed with subtle and interesting patterns to compliment and finalize the aesthetic precision in architecture.

Construction Information Board

Architect: 3Deluxe
Building owner:Glaskoch
Material: Solid surface material HI-MACS®
Location: Bad Driburg, DE
Period: 2007
Photography: Emanuel Raab