Restoration glass for a reconstructed city building
NEW: Haus zur Goldenen Waage, DomRömer project in Frankfurt am Main – Germany
Reconstruction of the “Haus zur Goldenen Waage” [House of the Golden Scales] is a highlight of the “DomRömer” urban building project in Frankfurt am Main. SCHOTT provided 390 restoration glass panes to give the Renaissance facade an authentic look.
The backgroundThe city quarter located between Frankfurt’s cathedral [Dom] and city hall [Römer] was a vibrant space in the historic city center with opulent patrician houses, old-style side streets and picturesque courtyards – until its destruction the Second World War. To reclaim the quarter’s vibrancy for this modern metropolis on the river Main, a major urban planning project was established in 2007. From 2012 – 2018, an area in the historic old city covering 7000 m2 was to be reconstructed.
Among the 15 buildings to be restored is the Haus zur Goldenen Waage that had been the city’s most well-known tourist attraction (Markt 5). The core of the building is a timber-framed construction from the Middle Ages that had undergone reconstruction up to 1619 by its eventual owner, the wealthy spice trader and confectioner Abraham von Hameln. It received an opulent Renaissance facade and lavish timber framing and was crowned with a Rhenish waved gable.
The solutionThe firm carrying out the work, Kramp & Kramp based in Lemgo, opted for restoration glass from SCHOTT for the glazing. The firm PaX constructed the windows and doors.
- The exterior window panes of the new box windows used single-pane restoration glass.
- The interior panes used triple glazed glass with corresponding thermal insulation (Ug=0.5 W/m²K) and the latest fittings technology.
Choosing the right glass requires not only consideration of historical contexts but also how the building is going to be used in the future. The lightly structured glass products TIKANA® and RESTOVER® light were therefore chosen for the “Goldene Waage” project.
- TIKANA® is otherwise particularly suitable for buildings in the Bauhaus style. Its slightly irregular surface blends harmoniously into classical modern buildings.
- RESTOVER® resembles window glass manufactured at the turn of the century. Its small thickness allows easy installation in historical window frames and profiles. The portfolio is completed by the RESTOVER® light variant, whose surface is less structured and less similar to mouth-blown glass than the RESTOVER® plus variant.
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TIKANA® & RESTOVER® Reference - Haus zur Goldenen Waage, DomRömer project, Frankfurt am Main – Germany