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EDITORIALMartin J. Hörmann, Thomas J. Hörmann and Christoph HörmannLadies and Gentlemen,In this first issue of PORTAL, our information for architects which in terms of bothcontents and graphics has been entirely revised, we report on projects and currentdevelopments in ”Architecture and Motor Sports“ as well as on the newly constructedJockey Club in Hong Kong.There can be no doubt that the Porsche Works in Leipzig (p. 18 ff.) were designedby the Hamburg architects gmp von Gerkan, Marg and Partners as a synthesisof architecture and motor sports. The focal point of this production facility is thespherical-shaped visitors centre which forms the departure point for visitors wishingto explore the neighbouring production halls and test track. A similar trend towardsallowing customers access to areas not usually regarded as prestigious, can beobserved at three newly built car showrooms: the Mercedes-Welt am Salzufer inBerlin, the Tamsen Autohaus in Hamburg and the Toyota Autowelt in Saarbrückenwhere the workshop areas have been deliberately designed to afford customers a fullview (p. 8 ff.).At this point I would like to briefly explain our intention in publishing a journal suchas PORTAL: with PORTAL we would like to demonstrate our affinity with architectureand by means of the case studies presented in it, underline our technical competence.Over and above this, we recommend our customer-oriented sales and servicenetwork: information about this and our products is available on our website atwww.hoermann.com.I trust you will enjoy reading this first issue of PORTAL as well as benefit from theinformation contained in it.Thomas J. HörmannPersonally liable shareholder3


Peter Wahl, Certified Engineer and Architect,Managing Director and Partner at Tilke GmbHEngineers and ArchitectsShanghai Pit Building, ChinaCircuit Park Zandvoort, the NetherlandsWAHL: There’s no denying it, China is increasinglybecoming a nerve centre. In both Shanghai and Bahrainwe have tried to make it easy to identify in which countrythe event is taking place. The philosophy in Bahrain is thatat the starting and finishing points we create a kind ofoasis with lots of greenery and palms. From here the carsdrive out into the desert before returning - figurativelyspeaking - to the oasis. This is the overriding idea. Thearchitecture incorporates the Arabic use of shapes.PORTAL: How much creative scope does the architect stillhave when it comes to functional areas, such as the pitlanes?WAHL: The size of the pits and the racing lane is mainlypredetermined. Everything that the technicians needlater on has to be accounted for in our plans. Conduits,lights, permanently installed monitors, everything mustbe connectable and linked up. The entire infrastructuremust be available, so that all the mechanics need to do isto hook up their equipment. The external design of the pitsdepends first and foremost on the door. In this respect welike to use products that have been tried and tested: hereresistance to working stresses, functional safety andaesthetics are the essential criteria that influence ourdecision.PORTAL: Are there any planning guidelines or do theindividual circuits differ from a design point of view?WAHL: As far as the design of the remaining buildingelements is concerned, we have far greater scope. Wenot only design the pits but also the VIP lounges, the racecontrol and just about everything else that is needed atthe racing track. In doing so, we endeavour to give thebuildings in each country their own unique appearanceso that it’s clear from the outset – above all on the TV– where the race is coming from.PORTAL: Racing circuits are surely not the onlyarchitectural field in which you are involved.WAHL: No, we also take care of infrastructure projects, inother words, water irrigation and drainage etc. In addition,we also design other sports facilities and hotels as wellas administrative and factory buildings. Another area thathas since developed in a positive way involves drivingsafety centres which we are presently constructingthroughout Europe – perhaps one day this may evenbecome a worldwide concept. We have helped to developthese centres which have so far been a great success.5


HUMAN TOUCHThomas Biermaier, team coordinator of the DTM team/Audi Dept.NürburgringEuroSpeedway LausitzChampionship. The winners usually choose the first pitsat the start of the lane. If, for example, a vehicle with adefect has to enter the pit, a few crucial metres can begained. Because last year we came second, we are nowpositioned between Mercedes and Opel.PORTAL: How many members make up your racing teamand how many of them work out of the pit at any one time?BIERMAIER: We go to a race with a total of 70 teammembers, including the racing drivers, the team managerand the mechanics. These 70 people ensure the use ofsix racing cars. Generally around four mechanics will beworking on one car and in one pit.PORTAL: Do the doors stay closed while work is inprogress because you wish to protect yourselves againstindustrial espionage?BIERMAIER: It goes without saying that a great deal ofdevelopment work is invested not only in the cars but alsoin the equipment, so quite understandably we would liketo protect this investment from prying eyes.PORTAL: Are heavy demands placed on the doors in termsof constant opening and closing?BIERMAIER: The doors always stay open while tests arebeing carried out. They are only closed when we areactually working on the cars. Despite this fact, the doorsare still opened and closed around 20 to 30 times a day.PORTAL: From the outside it always looks as if work in thepits is carried out within a very confined space.BIERMAIER: Yes, the majority of pits are fairly small. Thebest pits are at the Nürburgring . There you have sufficientspace to perform good, clean work on the cars and in thepits.PORTAL: Were the building contractors at the Nürburgringmore generous or why are the pits there so much morespacious?BIERMAIER: Quite simply because truck races are alsoheld there and the traction engines require considerablymore space. A stroke of luck for all those en route withsmaller-sized vehicles.PORTAL: Are the pits used during the race?BIERMAIER: The best part of the action undoubtedly takesplace in front of the pits. Two stops per race have to becompleted. For these our mechanics need between 4.5and 5.4 seconds. Provided that everything runs smoothly,they then spend the rest of the time in the pit at thetransmission monitors following the course of the raceand joining in the fever-pitch excitement.7


CAR SHOWROOMSTHREE CAR SHOWROOMS GRANT AN INSIGHT:TAMSEN AUTOHAUS, TOYOTA-AUTOWELT,MERCEDES-WELT AM SALZUFERTransparency and openness are qualities which are demanded today when buildingcar showrooms. However, this not only applies to the presentation areas but inincreasing measure also to the service facilities and workshops. Areas that upuntil now were mostly kept concealed, are now made intentionally accessible tocustomers allowing them to share in all the activities that go into making a car.You could compare purchasing a car to visiting arestaurant: anyone having once taken a look in thekitchen area and discovering less than appetizingconditions, will not be wanting to return in a hurry! Thisprinciple can be applied equally well to a car showroom:it’s not just the highly polished end product that interestsa discerning client. Whether a luxury car or an economyclassvehicle is involved, one thing is certain; anyonedeciding to purchase a car, does not invest such asubstantial sum of money lightly. Even if the actualproduction takes place at some other location, it’s stillof great significance to a customer to know what goeson behind the scenes at a car showroom where repairs,inspections and other services are performed. Theconditions and degree of accessibility which a future carowner finds here, play a key role in whether he believeshis car to be in good hands.Designing the service areasA crucial factor in constructing a car showroom in thisrespect is the positioning of the service areas as wellas their architectural design. It is worth noting that in alarge number of projects the workshops can be foundimmediately in the prestigious entrance area so that thecustomer feels involved in the activities right from theword go. Good examples of this kind of development areprovided by three recently completed projects, whosefunction lies mainly in the presentation andrepresentation of cars.Tamsen Autohaus in HamburgIn September 2003 a new showroom of the Tamsen luxuryautomobile house from Bremen was opened in Hamburg.To be found here in one of the world’s most exclusiveautomobile houses and in 4000 sq. metres of space is acollection of traditional brands such as Aston Martin,Bentley, Rolls-Royce, Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghini.The actual building is clear, discreet and reserved in orderto present the products in an optimum environment.According to the architect, Kay Klaening, the opticalboundary between the outside and the inside has moreor less been done away with. The sales areas as wellas the offices, the workshops and the staff rooms allappear to be flooded with light. This is achieved by givingthe building a facade made almost entirely of glass,incorporating partly opaque and partly transparent panes.Just as the architecture of the car showroom seemsunpretentious in relation to the objects on sale, so too isthe material chosen by the architect. In the car showroommaterials such as glass, aluminium, stainless steel, steel,leather and wood were used and characterize the overallappearance of the building. Likewise, the shape of thebuilding on the outside reflects what is happening on theinside. In this way the adventure worlds of the variousautomobile brands are reflected in the cubes, varying insize and height, of the overall structure, thereby forminga clearly discernible linear building.The car showroom is approached from two sides: anentrance in the north-east and another on the oppositeside where the customer car park is located. Alsopositioned on this side is the section of the buildinghousing the workshops and car wash,8


By using numerous glazed industrial sectional doors, in the luxury Tamsencar showroom in Hamburg even the workshops are bright and flooded withlight.9


CAR SHOWROOMSThe building cubes of various sizes and heights reflect the spatiallayout of the various car brands inside the building [top].The Tamsen car showroom is encased all round by a glass facade as apost-rail construction. The optical effect is one of a flowing transitionbetween the interior and the exterior [bottom].10


CONTRACTORTamsen GmbHDESIGNCertified Engineer Kay Kläning,Stuhr;LOCATIONMerkurring 2, HamburgAs on the outside, also in the interior simple linear shapes dominatein order to draw the attention of the customers to the cars.PHOTOSHörmann KGHÖRMANN PRODUCTSALR industrial sectional doors11


CAR SHOWROOMSHUMAN TOUCHThe materials used in building cars: glass, aluminium, stainless steel,steel, leather and wood are also used in the actual building of theTamsen car showroom.


CAR SHOWROOMSWicket pass doors integrated into the “display window doors” allowpedestrian traffic to pass through quickly and conveniently without anyloss of time or energy [top].Thanks to the externally sited supports, the interior of the showroom hallof the ”Autowelt Saarbrücken”stays support-free and flexible. In thebackground the open-plan workshop areas of the service section can beclearly seen [bottom].14


CONTRACTORVermögensverwaltungsgesellschaftVoigt-Ludwigskreisel GbRDESIGNJosef Schmeing, Ahaus;LOCATIONLebacher Straße, SaarbrückenPHOTOSHörmann KGHoermann’s H3/D fire-retarding multi-purpose door affords reliableprotection against the spread of fire and toxic fumes.HÖRMANN PRODUCTSALR aluminium sectional doors,H3-D multi-purpose doors,steel frameswhich in terms of both the shapes and division of thefacade is fully in keeping with the structure of theshowroom. In contrast to the fully glazed showroom,this building section has been given a curtain wall ofaluminium panels, interspersed with a multitude of largeformatindustrial sectional doors with areas of glazingwhich instantly catch the eye of visitors driving into thecar park, thereby drawing attention to the workshopsbehind.Toyota-Autowelt in SaarbrückenIn a similar way but on a smaller scale the “Autowelt” inSaarbrücken presents models from Toyota and Lexus ina newly constructed building designed by the architect,Josef Schmeing. Thanks to the location at one of themost important traffic intersections in the Saarland, theLudwigskreisel in Saarbrücken, it can boast an extremelyprestigious position, with the aim of drawing attention toitself and the products being sold.The new building houses a showroom and the serviceareas such as workshops, direct receipt of goods, acustomer centre and a car wash facility. The fully glazedshowroom with an almost-square floor plan, is the focalpoint of the presentation and allows an unrestricted view.Characteristic of, and a determining factor for the designis the steel construction whose outer lying tubularsupports clearly underline the shape of the building andafford the interior maximum flexibility. The showroom areais spanned by a metal-clad spherical shell supported byarched open-web girders. Due to a naturally occurringdifference in level on the site, the rear showroom area ison an elevated plane. This invites the option of building anadditional half-storey in the front area at a later date.The rear side of the building is adjoined by a servicearea shaped like a horizontal member which due toits generous width emerges to the left and right of theshowroom and can be viewed from the front. This area isa steel structure with infilling masonry, covered over bya trapezoided flat roof. Natural light enters the buildingthrough skylights and fully glazed sectional doors whichin their design and transparency echo the character ofthe showroom.Mercedes-Welt am SalzuferMercedes-Benz operates ten subsidiaries in the Berlinarea alone. Following the total demolition of the old centreat the location am Salzufer in Berlin Charlottenburg usedsince 1915, the new headquarters of the Mercedes Benzsubsidiary in Berlin was constructed on 35 000 sq. metresof space.15


CAR SHOWROOMSIn contrast to the closed facade of the service building, the showroombuilding of the Mercedes-Welt is transparent with a well-lit interior thatstands out at night.Prestigiously located – directly next to the main entrance – the carworkshops look inviting thanks to their industrial sectional doors withlarge areas of glazing.Already the brand name, the “Mercedes-Welt amSalzufer“, gives away the fact that the functionality ofthe newly constructed building is not likely to restrictitself to the status of an ordinary sales outlet. Here a sitewas created on which the entire Mercedes-Benz rangeof vehicles could be experienced in its full diversity. Thenewly constructed building is divided into two structureswhich are separate from each other both visually andfunctionally, a showroom building and a service buildingwhich are placed at a right angle to each other and thusform an entrance area with customer car parks.The main entrance is located at the interface of the twobuildings. The transparent showroom building is slightlycurved in shape to follow the course of the adjoiningLandwehr Canal. The construction is closed off by a glassfacade that spans the full height of 22 metres.The showroom is designed in such a way that the sevenmain levels (offset against each other) are located onthe narrow sides of the building and are connected toeach other via flat inclined showroom ramps along thenorthern and southern facade. Sited between the ramps isa building-high atrium which is flooded with light througha barrel-shaped glazed roof.The basic idea of the Stuttgart architects, Lamm-Weber-Donath, was to design the showroom building as a kindof small real-life town. On the ground floor the visitor isreceived at an information counter with adjoining bistro,behind which there is an area for sales and taking deliveryof the new car as a kind of “market place” beneath acanopy of trees.Besides serving as an exhibition space for vehicles– including a revolving presentation stage – the groundlevel is also used for leisure and entertainment purposes:areas for plants and water landscapes have been createdfeaturing a15-metre high water curtain, not to mention climbing wallsand a 40 sq. metre sized LED wall.Located on the very top floor is a conference area andalong the northern facade a two-hip office appendage foradministrative purposes.In contrast to the extrovert showroom building, theservice building has reinforced concrete walls clad withcorrugated sheet and featuring variously sized visionpanels.Customers are allowed “to take a look at the cards”Only the workshop area on the ground floor, situateddirectly next to the customer car parks and the mainentrance, is on full view thanks to large-format doors. Inthis way the company signals its willingness to show itshand, thereby demonstrating an increased interest in therequirements and wishes of its customers.16


CONTRACTORDaimlerChrysler AGDESIGNLamm-Weber-Donath GmbH undPartner, StuttgartHÖRMANN PRODUCTSALR 30 aluminium sectional doors,AFN folding doors,Sliding fire doors T30 HG21,Steel doors D45-1, D45-2, D65-1, H16, H3,H3RS, H3D, H8-5, HG24, HG26, HG27LOCATIONSalzufer 1, Berlin-CharlottenburgExtending along the central axle of the showroom building is a buildinghighatrium. This is where the vehicles are handed over, but it is alsoused for car exhibitions and sports events.PHOTOSDaimlerChrysler AG, Hörmann KG(S.16)17


PORSCHE WORKS AND CUSTOMER CENTREIN LEIPZIGAt the location in Leipzig a Porsche is not merely produced and delivered tothe customer. Here customers and interested parties can experience a brightlycoloured world where everything revolves around the history, production andabove all the driving experience of the tradition-rich sports car. Whether lookingin on production or taking a test drive, the visitor is never far from the action.After Porsche had reached its spatial limits at its homein Zuffenhausen, the company decided to produce itsthird series – the sporty all-terrain vehicle, the PorscheCazenne – at the new location in Leipzig. Located directlynext to the Leipzig Airport, the motorway and in themeantime with its own railway siding, the past few yearshave seen the creation of 370 new jobs here. Last AugustPorsche launched production of its new Carrera GT, alsoin Leipzig.Customer centre as the focal pointIn designing the area to the north of the city, nothing wasleft to chance. After all, the works were to representan unusually high level of prestige. The overall design,combining a series of production halls, a run-in and testtrack, an off-the-road track and a customer centre as onesingle unit, was produced by the Hamburg architects vonGerkan, Marg and PartnersThe customer centre, also designed by gmp, is located inthe central axle of the complex – visible from afar and aprominent advertisement for the Porsche Works, its shapeis often compared to that of a UFO.This is the place where visitors are received andtransported to the world of the racing car. The buildingserves as a presentation platform and for takingdelivery of new cars while also housing workshopsand administrative areas. It comprises a solid plinth ofexposed concrete and a spherical tower clad with metalpanels, designed as a structure entirely of steel. Bothelements are horizontally separate, functionally as well asspatially. The lower ground floor is reserved for workshopactivities and the handing over of vehicles while the topfloor is used for functions and events with a capacity forup to 500 visitors. The open-plan design means that thisevents area can be put to flexible use.Here Porsche screens films, and presents exhibitions ofhistoric vehicles. In a control station visitors can observeactivities on the run-in and test track – provided, ofcourse, that they don’t wish to take part themselves! Allfour areas are on view to visitors. Events are scheduled,such as a tour of the production halls where production ofthe Cayenne or even a test run can be experienced firsthand.A training course in driving safety is also offered. Thistakes place on the two test tracks designed by HermannTilke architects, whereby the circular track of the testcircuit is based on ten world-famous racing bends.More than a production facilityPerfect planning also in the works: To provide the hallswith a secure external closure, industrial sectional doorswere chosen and for the internal area flexible high-speeddoors with a transparent curtain. The Leipzig PorscheWorks is much more than simply a production facility. It isa total concept that has been planned right down to thelast detail, including both attractive events and stunningarchitecture, and designed to appeal to car enthusiastseverywhere.18


The striking appearance of the customer centre at the heart of thecomplex makes it primarily a symbol of prestige but it also incorporatesadministrative areas and workshops.19


PORSCHE LEIPZIGHistoric vehicles are displayed in the gallery above the spaciouslydesigned level for functions and events.22


In contrast to the plinth floor consisting of exposed concrete, the “tower”of the customer centre is conceived as a structure made entirely of steel.23


PORSCHE LEIPZIGAs loading bay doors for the works halls a combination of industrialsectional doors as a secure external closure and high-speed doors withtransparent curtain for the interior was chosen [top].The circular course of the test track designed by the racing trackarchitect Hermann Tilke is based on ten world-famous racing bends[bottom].24


Customer centre/floor plans: ground floor, visitor’s level, intermediatefloor, events level, gallery [from left to right]CONTRACTORDr. Ing. h. c. FerdinandPorsche AGDESIGNDesign concept for the entire workssite: gmp von Gerkan, Marg undPartners (Volkwin Marg and HubertNienhoff)Customer centre: gmp von Gerkan,Marg und Partners (Volkwin Margand Hubert Nienhoff)Works halls: agiplan IntegraleBauplanungTest track: Tilke GmbHLOCATIONPorschestr. 1, LeipzigPHOTOSPUNCTUM/H. Ch. Schink (p. 19,20/21, 23), Michael Pfisterer (p. 22),Hörmann KG (p. 24)HÖRMANN PRODUCTSDecotherm rolling shutters, T90sliding fire doors, SPU industrialsectional doors, Speed sectionaldoors,V 4011 high-speed doors, H3-Dmulti-purpose doors25


“SAI KUNG JOCKEY CLUB“YOUTH CENTREIN HONG KONGThe sports and leisure complex on the Sai Kung peninsula in Hong Kong’s NewTerritories enjoys a location that in terms of beauty is virtually unrivalled. Situated in agently curving ocean bay, at the foot of wildly overgrown mountain hills, the complexoffers children and young people a myriad of leisure opportunities without overlyintruding on the idyllic countryside.The Sai Kung peninsula, to the far east of the NewTerritories, is poetically referred to as “Hong Kong’sgarden”. It is almost entirely covered by the Sai KungCountry Park spanning an area of almost 7600 hectares.There are a great many areas here which have notyet been explored – despite the close proximity of themetropolis, Hong Kong. Sai Kung can boast an impressivecoastal landscape with numerous bays, off-shore islandsand spits of land jutting out to sea. The youth centre,designed by the Hong Kong architects’ office Atelier VIII,lies on steeply sloping natural terrain, directly on thebank of the Sai Kung Hoi bay. To the north we have thewestern part of the Sai Kung Country Park which becomesmore popular with tourists every year. Because of thisdevelopment the architect aimed to produce a structurethat would underline the natural landscape of the areawhile also making it attractive to visitors.Social orientationThe complex is part of a special program to support thechildren and youth of the “Hong Kong Federation of YouthGroups”, which alongside education, leisure activities andan advisory service for families also includes the activeprevention of drug abuse as one of its key objectives.The organisation funds its program for the most part withthe help of sponsors, in this case the social fund of therenowned Hong Kong Jockey Club. Here Hong Kong’syoung people not only find possibilities for recreationbut also the opportunity to take part in social and sportsactivities – all against the backdrop of a breathtakinglybeautiful landscape.Leisure activitiesThe youth centre is divided into four structuralcomponents which line up along the coast: a chain oftwo-storey houses providing accommodation for theyoung people, a boathouse with sunken swimming pool,the large function building housing a gymnasium and minitheatreand an old stores building that was converted toa canteen and leisure area. The activities offered in SaiKung range from canoeing and wind surfing, climbing andvarious ball sports to natural history exhibitions and multimediaevents.In harmony with the surrounding areaDespite the broad range of activities on offer here, thestrung-out complex fits in discreetly and harmoniouslywith its surroundings as a transition between themountain landscape and the ocean. The services are sitedat the back of the building in order to be able to positionthese as close to the water as possible. The intentionwas that the structure should intrude upon the terrainas little as possible, so the architects decided in favourof an elevated pile foundation, from which the buildingsrise up over the steep slope, offering fantastic viewsof the ocean. The footpaths connecting the individualbuildings also adapt to the given height level, with theirtwists and turns providing ever-changing perspectives ofthe landscape. As a result, despite covering a fairly largearea, the complex does not oppress the landscape butrather subordinates itself to it - entirely in keeping withthe Asiatic teachings on harmony.26


Terraces and outdoor stairs connect the individual buildingsto form a coherent overall structure.27


SAI KUNG JOCKEY CLUBTerraces and outdoor stairs connect the individual buildingsto form a coherent overall structure.In the Sai Kung Jockey Club individually created areasbetween the various building structures are designed astransitions between the indoor and outdoor areas, as wellas between the private sphere and communal activities.Though the four areas of the complex are distinctlyseparate, they are linked via terraces, footbridges, stairsand other intermediate areas to form one continuousoverall structure. Sited between the individual youthhostel buildings, providing accommodation for a totalof 224 persons, are terraces overlooking the ocean. Forthe residents these represent places of communicationwhile giving the curvaceous linearity of the youth hostelarea a loose cohesion. The same principle applies tothe other buildings. Everywhere there are outdoor areaswhich the building interiors extend onto via expanses ofglazing, making it possible to take full advantage of themagnificent panorama of the Sai Kung Bay. The largeforecourt in the entrance area serves as a multi-functionalarea since the light-flooded reception with its ceiling-highglazing opens onto it.Interaction of materialsAlso in its choice of colours the leisure complex in SaiKung shows itself to be pleasantly reserved. The colourswhite, grey and terracotta run through the entire complex,giving it both uniformity and consistency. The broad rangeof materials is cleverly coordinated. Together with naturalmaterials such as wood, terracotta flooring, roof tiles andpebbles, the grey of the arched metal roof, the steel doorsand the exposed concrete creates a varied material mixwhich, however, was not chosen for aesthetic reasons28


From the swimming pool too, one can enjoy magnificent views over theSai Kung Hoi bay.The location close to the ocean places special demands on the wind andweather-resistance of the doors. This is the reason why here traditionalmaterials have been replaced with steel sectional doors to provide asecure closure.alone. Because of their location close to the ocean, theinfluence of moisture and the corroding effect of seasalt on the buildings had to be taken into account, alsothe typhoon risk and the extremely strong winds thataccompany it, especially with regard to the windows anddoors. Diverging from their standard practice of employingonly traditional building materials, the architects decidednot to use natural materials, opting instead for metaland concrete wherever the durability and stability of thebuildings were crucial factors. The Sai Kung Youth Centreimpressively demonstrates that when used consciouslyand selectively non-traditional building materials canblend in with the natural surroundings at the same time ashelping to sustain the building structure.29


JOCKEY CLUB SAI KUNGThe function building which also houses a large sports hall, is locatedright at the heart of the complex [bottom left].The hall opens up to the terrace outside via the ceiling-high aluminiumfolding doors with maximum glazing [bottom right].1: Tai Mong Tsai Road, 2: Approach road, 3: Entrance area/forecourt,4: Canteen, 5: Barbecue area, 6: Transformer, 7: Function building,8: Boathouse/swimming pool, 9: Terrace, 10: Slip, 11: Footpath, 12: Youthhostel, 13: Obstacle course, 14: Sai Kung Hoi, 15: Sai Kung Country Park30


Function building: [top]; upper floor, ground floor [left]Basement, cross-section [right]The reception is directly linked to the forecourt, thus making ita multi-functional area [bottom].CONTRACTORHong Kong Federation ofYouth GroupsDESIGNAtelier VIII, Hong KongLOCATIONTai Mong Tsai Road,Sai Kung, N.T.PHOTOSAtelier VIII, Hörmann KGHÖRMANN PRODUCTSSPU 40 industrial sectional doors,AFN aluminium folding doors,Fire doors to British Standards –ZK steel internal doors,MZ multi-purpose doors,AZ 40 aluminium internal doors,ES 50 aluminium internal doors31


CORPORATENEWS1321 HISTORY OF THEHÖRMANN GROUPIn 1935 August Hörmann foundedthe metalworking shop “BielefeldSteel Doors”. Today the family-runbusiness of Hörmann is knownthroughout Europe as a leadingmanufacturer of doors, frames andoperators.We have just made a jump in time ofsome 65 years! In reality, however,this positive development up to thepresent day was made possiblethrough the constant growth overdecades of a family businessagainst a backdrop of determination,innovation and a keen sense ofquality. Hörmann KG is alreadybeing run by the fourth generation,namely by the grandchildren andgreat grandchildren of the companyfounder. The personally liableshareholder is Thomas J. Hörmann.Following the war, August Hörmann’sson, Hermann (1912–1994) reestablishedhis father’s businessvirtually from scratch, choosingas the location Steinhagen inWestphalia, where the company isstill based today. In the 50s he gavehis company the all-decisive impetusfor growth by producing an entirelynew kind of up-and-over garagedoor, the so called “Berry” door,named after its American inventor.This represented a small revolutionon the garage door market which upuntil that time had known nothing butthe awkward-to-open side-hingeddoors. What could have been more inkeeping with the spirit of the booming50s than the promise of greatercomfort and convenience?The “Berry” door has since becomeEurope’s most popular garagedoor, with more than 8 million soldworldwide.But Hörmann did not just conquerthe domestic market. In the 60sspace-saving, vertically openingsectional doors for garages aswell as industrial and commercialbuildings initiated a developmentwith a promising future. The companystarted to expand beyond theheadquarters in Steinhagen and alsothe product range was continuouslyextended. Today, alongside the wellknown “classics”, it includes everytype of industrial door system, e.g.rolling shutters, folding doors, firedoors, high-speed doors includingoperators and control systems aswell as loading equipment systems,fire-resisting and smoke-tight doors,entrance doors, canopies andframes. In spite of all this innovativethinking, Hörmann have never lostsight of the importance of pleasingaesthetics. Hörmann products offerthe customer variable design options,not least through a new product lineof design garage doors and entrancedoors in the “partner look”.Since the mid-60s a total of elevenproduction plants have been establishedthroughout Germany andBelgium. Over and above this, othercompanies have joined the ranks ofthe Hörmann Group: SchörghuberGmbH in Ampfing (manufacturer ofhigh-quality timber doors for the nondomesticbuilding sector), Dyna Seal(manufacturer of loading equipmentsystems), Tubauto SAS, Sens andGarador Holding Ltd.,Yeovil, bothleading manufacturers of up-andovergarage doors in France andGreat Britain respectively. In 2000the Hörmann Beijing Door ProductionCo. Ltd. was founded in Beijing,China, where industrial door systemsand internal doors for the Asiaticmarket are manufactured. 2002 sawthe launch of production in Vonore,Tennessee/USA of garage doors andoperators for the American market.2 PROLOGIS PARKFRANKFURT – DOORSAND LOADINGEQUIPMENT FROM ASINGLE SOURCEThe American investment companyProLogis develops, builds andleases logistics facilities at primestrategic locations throughout theworld. In equipping these facilities,quality is a top priority in orderto secure favourable long-termoperating and maintenance costs.In Germany ProLogis already ownsleased centres in Cologne, Krefeld,Munich and Soest. In 2002 the firstconstruction stage of a further centrein Frankfurt/Main covering a storagearea of 21500 m² was completed.


2 3 3The 280 metre long heated hall allowsflexible use thanks to a 25.5 metresupport grid. 22 loading stations arearranged along one longitudinal sideof the hall and are closed off with 3x 3.25 metre high manually operatedHörmann SPU 40 sectional doors.Since the hall floor lies above the sitelevel, height-adjustable HLS hingedlip dock levellers ensure a smoothtransition from the loading decks ofthe lorries to the hall floor. HörmannDDF dock seals guarantee wind andweather-proof sealing between thehall and the lorry’s superstructure.In order to be able to drive directlyinto the hall, this is additionallyequipped with four 4 x 4.5 metresizedpower-operated sectionaldoors, the compound glazing ofwhich ensures good visual contact.Ramps compensate for the differencein height between the actual site andthe level of the hall. The preventivefire protection requirements aremet by three single-leaf, 4 x 4.5metre-sized Hörmann HG-18 steelsliding doors which provide a secureclosure for the storage areas offlammable goods.With this range of equipmentcomprising door types gearedto individual requirements andincluding dock levellers and firedoors, Hörmann proves itself to be acompetent partner for the equippingof prestigious logistics facilities.This is not only demonstrated bythe case in hand at Frankfurt and anew ProLogis location in Cologne-Eifeltor but also by further ProLogissubsidiaries in the Czech Republic,Poland, Hungary, the Netherlands,Spain and Great Britain, all equippedby Hörmann.Project data:Project: – ProLogis Park Frankfurt:Location: Riederhofstr. 26, Frankfurt/GermanyContractor: ProLogis GermanyManagement GmbH, CologneHörmann products: SPU 40 sectionaldoors, HLS hinge lip dock levellers(version with DPF-R anchors), DDFdock shelters, HG-18 steel slidingdoorsDelivery, fitting, service:Jotec, Josten Tortechnik GmbH.3 DECOTHERM ®ROLLING SHUTTERSAn aesthetically appealingappearance, a particularly highthermal insulation value andpermanent stability are thedistinguishing features of HörmannDecotherm® rolling shutters. Thanksto the sandwich elements witha slightly convex cross-section,the Decotherm® rolling shuttersroll up easily and compactly andthus require minimum headroom.Decotherm® rolling shutters are aconvincing choice thanks to theirsandwich elements with CFC-free PUrigid foam insulation and galvanised,coated sheet steel for minimum wearand optimum protection againstweathering. Running noise and signsof wear, caused by the frequentuse of the doors, has been reducedthanks to improved profile contours.An almost unlimited choice of colourcoatings and an array of windowshapes make for maximum designoptions.4 SPECIFICATIONSPROGRAM FORDOWNLOADINGThe new Hörmann specificationsprogram directs architects anddesigners quickly and reliably toprepared specifications on Hörmannbuilding materials in WORD andGAEB formats. The program runsunder Microsoft Word 97, Word 2000and Word XP on the Windows 98,NT 4.0, 2000 and XP operatingsystems.The software covers internal andexternal doors as well as frames,garage doors and industrial doorsand operator systems as well as fireand smoke-tight doors.The specifications can be alteredor supplemented to meet individualrequirements so that a precise aswell as comprehensive projectrelatedproduct description isensured.Those interested will find the2 MB comprehensive specificationsprogram in the Hörmann architectsforum at http://www.hoermann.deand can download it directly ontotheir own computer free of charge.33


PREVIEWTopics in the next issue of PORTAL:Preventive fire protectionEffective preventive fire protection and safe escape and rescue routes are the result ofcompetent planning, the use of reliably functioning doors as well as proper installation.As a specialist with more than 40 years’ experience in the fire and smoke-tight doorssector, Hörmann has always invested substantially in its own development program.As a result it has become a strong partner, recognised for its competence and expertise.Hörmann fire and smoke-tight doors offer certified safety and perfect function as wellas a coordinated appearance.That’s why there is no compromise between architectural vision and constructionalreality. With a complete range of preventive fire and smoke-tight door systems – from themaximum glazed tubular frame construction to the robust steel doors in the T30 and T90versions – Hörmann offers its customers Europe’s most comprehensive fire and smokeprotection program.34


PUBLISHERHörmann KGVerkaufsgesellschaftUpheider Weg 94–9833803 Steinhagen - GermanyPhone.: +49 (0)180/5750100Fax: +49 (0)180/5750101info@hoermann.dewww.hoermann.comEDITORSCertified Engineer Ralf BiegertCertified Engineer Dietmar DannerCertified Engineer Kristina HajekPUBLISHING HOUSEGesellschaft für Know-how-Transferin Architektur und Bauwesen mbHFasanenweg 1870771 Leinfelden-Echterdingen- GermanyThis journal and all the articlesand illustrations contained in it areprotected by copyright law. Thepublishing house and editors donot assume any responsibility forunsolicited photos and manuscripts.Printed in Germany.


Pit lane at the Nuerburgring race trackState your requirements.And we will offer you theperfect door solution.Looking for solutions for yourideas? Hörmann has them. Weoffer doors tailored to everyproject, e.g. sectional doors,rolling shutters and foldingdoors with complete solutionsincluding perfectly matchedoperators and controls.Everything from a single source,developed with the know-howfrom more than 50 years of doorproduction.Doors for Home and Industry(Issue 01.04) 85 192 GB/PPrint 05.04

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