Technical University of Graz
Expanded metal made of aluminium, thickness 1.5-2 mm, types “Lustenau“, ”Ansfelden“ and ”Mattersburg“
Suspended ceiling with expanded metal springs
TU Graz, Rechbauerstrasse 12, 8010 Graz
Gangoly & Kristiner, Kerstin Wissounig, Graz
The combination of three product types and various colour effects results in a new, unique design for metal ceilings.
STUDYING UNDER A GOLDEN SKY
The revitalisation of the listed institute and lab building that dates back to 1950 is a perfect example of a fusion of energy efficiency, historic preservation, functionality and economy.
The planners Gangoly & Kristiner and Kerstin Wissounig met the challenging requirements and created a design concept that focused on tapping into the existing building’s potential and making it visible. The building’s external shell remained largely untouched, while the interior underwent significant change: apart from the stairwells, all furnishings, installations, and extensions were torn down. The new expansion parts were mainly selected on the basis of their potential regarding optimum room climate (from a visual, climatic and haptic point of view). The lecture halls now feature suspended ceilings with expanded metal springs. The combination of three different product types and various colour effects results in a trendy design which reflects the university’s focus.
EXPANDED METALS – practical and elegant
Expanded metals and expanded grates are made of a single piece of metal to ensure there are no strands causing wear and tear and no weighed-down connections or welding seams. As a result, the sustainable, robust material exhibits significant strength and surface stability which makes it ideal for use in façade design. Various materials can be used, the mesh is generally diagonal, hexagonal, round or square, neither twisted nor welded. Depending on the type, various effects are possible. The material retains its inner stability even when it is cut. Due to their 3-dimensional character, façades made of expanded metal turn into “eye catchers”.