HVB Tower in Munich
The 114m high HVB Tower in Munich designated and listed as a protected monument was converted by the architecture firm HENN into a climate-efficient “green” building. In the foyer, a huge "crystal" made of solid surface material unfolds over 3 levels upward in the building. The crystal acts simultaneously as a balustrade and as a spatial boundary to the airspace in the centre of the building. What appears to be an object in a single piece of material is in reality approximately 850 square meters of solid surface material consisting of 500 individual parts that have been assembled, bonded together and then sanded gently to the millimetre. Rosskopf + Partner was commissioned to manufacture and assemble this architectural object.
The surface of this imposing sculpture consists of white solid surface material, which encloses a complex substructure of steel, aluminium and gypsum fibre elements. Arnold AG from Friedrichsdorf is responsible for the manufacture and assembly of the steel and aluminium components. For this part of the work, the metalworking specialist commissioned Rosskopf + Partner for the outer construction made of solid surface material.
The individual workpieces had to be assembled together to the millimetre, bolted, glued and then sanded down. "It all depends on absolutely precise work," explains Sebastian Koehler, Project Manager at Rosskopf + Partner. "Since the crystal reaches from the floor to the ceiling of the individual floors and juts out into the atrium, the installation was really tricky in places." Precise fitting and elegant panelling require precise planning, production and alignment of the primary and secondary substructures