World Globe in Regensburg
In earlier times, the Bavarian city of Regensburg was a flourishing European trading metropolis and the political centre of the Holy Roman Empire. Today, Regensburg has the best preserved medieval city in Germany and, since 2006, is therefore a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
For the visitor centre, the city of Regensburg requested a lit globe that shows all of the world heritage sites worldwide. The globe was designed by the architectural firm, Bertrom Schwarz Frey, in Ulm in cooperation with the a-u-r-a architects, Christian Schmutz and Marisol Rivas Velásquez, in Ulm.
We were able to approach the design and production with our three-dimensional thermo-forming technique. We bonded the individual elements, each made of the solid surface material HI-MACS® (product and brand of LG), together to form a lighted globe.
We put a lot of emphasis on the contours of all the countries that had to be implemented precisely in terms of drawing and milling. For this purpose, the contours were milled only after thermo-forming using a 5-axis CNC machine.
The globe is nearly self-supporting in the visitor centre. For stabilization, there is only one support in the middle. The globe is supplemented by screens on the surface through which visitors can find the World Heritage Sites.