Unity of design
The new building, whose facades feature a travertine-like natural stone, has a formal austerity with a classical modern basis; its dynamism is underlined by the numerous rectangular windows in three different formats. The large storerooms are protected from daylight behind narrow slits, whereas the reading areas are illuminated through wider windows. The interior fittings are strictly oriented on the geometry of the facades. Walls, shelves and study tables are aligned with the building’s grid pattern. The tables are exactly the width of the spaces between the windows, and the sitting areas are precisely the width of the windows with clear vistas from all workplaces. In this way the interior fittings and the architecture of the building form a harmonious unit with full consciousness of its significance as a design element in the urban setting.
|Object:||Jacob-und-Wilhelm-Grimm-Zentrum, Central Library, Humboldt University, Berlin|
|Architects:||Max Dudler, Berlin, Zurich, Frankfurt|
|Planning office:||Zibell, Willner + Partner, Berlin|
|Media inventory:||2.5 million|
|Building volume:||144.000 m³|
|Volume of concrete:||23.350 m³|
|Scope:||10.400 m² air-conditioned surface|
|System:||Concrete core cooling with air CONCRETCOOL|
In contrast to conventional systems, the supply air is not fed directly to the room, but first flows through aluminium cooling tubes embedded in the ceiling. The supply air cools the ceiling in the process. At the same time, the heat recovered is used to heat the supply air.
Kiefer GmbH is a leading company in the field of ventilation, air handling and air conditioning technology. Our range of services includes consulting, planning and execution of systems for thermal comfort and industrial air conditioning, as well as the associated installation and maintenance. For more than three decades, Kiefer has also been selling high grade ventilation components worldwide, such as linear diffusers, wall passages, displacement outlets, chilled ceiling panels and concrete core cooling systems, developed in the company's own laboratories.
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