Precision is crucial
This structure dominates the entrance area of Volkswagen’s visitors’ center. From the outside, it looks like a shining beacon, but in fact, the building houses a modern multimedia center with information about the newest trends in art and culture and the latest news about business and the stock market. “’Kugelhaus’ is part of our concept to turn the Transparent Factory into an interactive information center and meeting place,” says a spokesperson from Volkswagen.
A concept that SCHOTT GLAS was able to help realize with its special technology. After all, the interior workings of the “Kugelhaus” are indeed highly intricate. The assembly required precision work, in which every tenth of a millimeter counts. The engineers left only two centimeters around the surface elements for the lighting technology, and only four for the light guides. “The crucial question was, what is the best way to illuminate the globe’s individual elements made of acrylic glass,“ explains Ekkehard Gaydoul, a physicist in SCHOTT’s Fiber Optics Division. There were several requirements:
Some 20 kilometers of fiber optics