Roof or aircraft wing?
The building is a showroom for a manufacturer of window elements. The main goal for the architect was to create an inviting entrance area. The showroom itself is a steel construction. The wall surfaces are formed by large window elements. This gives the roof construction the impression of floating above the building.
The roof is also made of a steel substructure. The curved shape of the top and bottom makes the viewer standing to the side of the building think it is the wing of an aeroplane. The impression is supported by the type of roofing with Kalzip, an aluminium roofing. It has a ribbon-shaped design and is excellently suited to take on such shapes as roofing material. The roof surface is drained via an intermediate structure to the adjacent outbuilding.
Architects: Dipl. – Ing. Paul Michael Pilz, Graz
Project participants: Structural analysis: Dipl. – Ing. J. Birner, Graz
Client: Dr. Wolfgang Maitz, Weitendorf/A
Location: Industrial area Weitendorf
Picture credits: Paul Ott, Graz