A snapshot on glass - facade glazing with TG-PRINTdigital
Even from a distance, the glassy “Picture of the Mud Flats” gleams on the facade of the newly redesigned entrance area of the Wattenmeerhaus in Wilhelmshaven. In the Wattenmeerhaus UNESCO World Heritage Site visitor centre, as it is officially known, visitors are received under a facade of backlit glass over ten metres high, which sets the mood for the various exhibitions and events introducing the Wadden Sea mudflats.
One of the last original natural lanscapes of Central Europe and an UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Wadden Sea gives its name, provides exhibition content, and is the photographic motif that makes the glass facade unique.
When the visitor centre was completely redesigned in 2011, the focus of construction work lay particularly on the glass facade. The renovation of the new exhibition and information building went on for around nine months. From June to September 2011, Thiele Glas produced a total of 60 glass panes of type TG-PROTECT®-ESG 10/10.4 for this project – passive safety glazing used in glass building construction in particular. The panes were finished with multi-coloured, photo-quality digital printing (TG-PRINTdigital). The subdivided motif is printed to custom fit panes, each around four square metres in area. This gives the viewer a full picture – a huge snapshot of the mudflat floor at low tide.
Made using ceramic paint, the print was thermally hardened by a tempering process.
In this way, digital prints on glass can be manufactured with exemplary hardiness and scratch resistence – particularly crucial for facades. Furthermore, prints can be made up to 3,210 x 6,000 mm in size. Almost any motif can be printed in this large format on glass at a suitable resolution. Unique ways to design creative facades and internal spaces are thus opening up to architects and planners.
|construction period:||June to September 2011|
|contractor:||Grundstücks- und Gebäudeservice, Wilhelmshaven|
|executive company:||Glasbau Gipser GmbH, Halle|
|architects:||Ahrens & Grabenhorst Architekten BDA, Hannover|
|glass types:||TG-PROTECT®-ESG and TG-PRINTdigital|