thyssenkrupp is a company with a history stretching back over 200 years and many good traditions. That’s one of the reasons why in 2010 the Group built its new headquarters, the thyssenkrupp quarter, in Essen. Comprising a total of 13 buildings, the open-plan campus is located right next to the Krupp family’s ancestral home. It provides a modern and convenient working environment for employees.
Materials, production processes and innovations – naturally we put our entire expertise into building the thyssenkrupp quarter. And not just the obvious elevators and escalators, but also steels and innovative processes (f.e. Electrical steel, LITECOR, Carbon2Chem).
The sunshade system consists of stainless steel slats which rotate on a vertical shaft to automatically adjust to the position of the sun. And when no sunshade is required, the slats can be turned outwards and closed.
This specially created sunshade system is the building’s visual calling card, as the altogether 380,000 slats give the building a face that changes according to the incidence of sunlight – on sunny summer days and in stormy weather the facade is closed completely and shines in a silvery glow, while on cloudy days the glass facade peeks through.
Manufactured by thyssenkrupp Nirosta from a chromium- nickel-molybdenum stainless steel, the slats are polished on one side and grit-blasted on the other. As a result they appear matt or glossy depending on angle of vision and light conditions – and direct the incoming light indoors in such a way that the offices remain bright enough even if the sun protection is closed.
After the processing of the metal strips, 116 to 160 slats were mounted onto each shaft. The slats turn around the shaft and respond precisely to the signals from the electric drive system.
Elevators and escalators
The elevators in the thyssenkrupp quarter – which like the escalators were of course made by thyssenkrupp – boast a whole range of special features.
The six elevators in Q1 convert the energy produced as the cabs are slowed into electricity and return it to the power supply. Two of them are TWIN elevators, in which two cabs arranged one above the other run independently in a single shaft.
The shimmering, champagne-colored metallic elements used on the facades of the business area buildings in the thyssenkrupp quarter and in the interior of the central Q1 building are made of steel. Or to be more precise, premium-quality organic coil-coated steel sheet.
As well as meeting ecological requirements, these steel panels can be produced in colors specially designed to harmonize with the surrounding area. The manufacturing process is also innovative. The addition of 1 percent magnesium allows reduced coating thickness while increasing corrosion protection.