Solar facade of Nabo

“Architecture has to be for the people”, stated the company founder Kurt Ernsting, and his successors also understand how to bring holistic and sustainable architecture into service for generations to come.

Together with high-quality ecological and recycled building materials, Ernsting’s family also rely on solar energy: Through the use of solar modules integrated in the facade, the warehouse can produce enough energy to supply itself.
The design of Nabo Gass not only satisfies functionality but also meets the artistic demand of the Ernsting family. Moreover, due to the transparent and clear facade design that covers more than 10,000 square meters, the high bay warehouse harmonizes perfectly with the architectural ensemble on the company’s campus.

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In close proximity to the buildings of Santiago Calatrava and David Chipperfield, is the Nabo Gass designed solar facade for the new high bay warehouse. The glass architecture has a design of alternating folds, which are covered with a solar membrane. This fascinating facade design with its calculated energy efficiency convinced the owners. Over the last few years Nabo Gass has developed techniques for the design of large glass and photovoltaic facades, whereas, he received the Innovation Award at the GlasTec Düsseldorf. As an attendee of the European Solardays in Wiesbaden in 2008, he discussed with experts from business, science as well as, with architects and artist about potential interdisciplinary projects related to the topic of art and solar energy. Now he could realize his concept on over 10,000 square meters of facade.
As proof of the extraordinary ecological, economical and technical endeavors, the company is striving to attain the gold certification by the Society for Sustainable Architecture (Gesellschaft für nachhaltiges Bauen, DGNB)

"The effect is as astonishing as it is future-oriented. With his contribution to the competition, Nabo Gass introduced his new method for the design of large format glass facades. This technique could play an important role in the future, particularly in conjunction with photovoltaic installations."

Zeitschrift „Glas + Rahmen“ 11/ 00

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Design: Nabo Gass
Architect: Archtitectural Firm Norbert Wortmann
Project Manager: Thomas Hoffmann