Enveloped in Glass
Opacity and transparency – the new glass sandwich façade combines complex retail demands and architectural aesthetics on every level. The most important requirements for the façade concept for the Eurospar supermarket in Kufstein, Austria, are met in full, by the glass sandwich panel (GSP) from iconic skin.
With its white, homogeneous glass surface, GSP harmonises with the post-and-rail façade. As an opaque element, it closes off storage areas. And as an insulated panel, it makes a crucial contribution to the overall energy balance.
However, it is not just aesthetics and functionality that harmonise effortlessly here. In terms of energy efficiency, too, the good U-value of 0.21 W/m² K is an advantage.
A supermarket that shines
A contemporary design concept, technology and choice of materials for the creation of new shopping worlds, and the idea of being integrated into a regional context is evident at many locations.
Such a concept leads to measurable brand recognition and hence to commercial success. The new building for this Eurospar supermarket with a sales area of 1,250 m² was built in just six months.
Its expressive architecture cannot fail to impress. Appearing to hover above the landscape, the reflections in the glass surfaces soften the building’s bulk and at the same time replicate impressions of the surroundings and the mountains in the background.
The design by Innsbruck-based Teamwerk Architekten boasts a bright, spacious interior layout, offers maximum flexibility of usage and conveys the central themes of transparency and sustainability perfectly. Intended as a deliberate contrast to the post-and-rail façade, the modular, opaque GSP elements from iconic skin are homogeneous and solid.
The GSP elements in lengths of up to 14.72 m have been attached horizontally to enclose the sales and storage areas and reinforce the unpretentious, lucid overall effect of the building.
Designed as a warm façade, the glass sandwich façade supplements the range of conventional forms of construction.
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