Over the years, neglect of the Altona Museum in Hamburg caused damage to the buildings original features. With a rapid decline in visitors, it started to lose its original architectural identity. It was a crucial design decision to restore the character of the building using traditional materials such as IQ Metal’s bespoke fire rated steel doors.
The historical museum foundation of Hamburg stepped in to start the reconstruction and restoration of the building with a long-term plan. The plan has been divided into seven stages of construction, depending on the urgency of the stage and their economic situation.
The first phase was the reception area and the general traditional aesthetics of the museum. The entrance way features a large glass façade with an industrial design suited perfectly with the original building. The steel framed glass facade now illuminates the lobby area with daylight creating a light-filled inviting space for visitors.
Architectural metal doors were used throughout the lobby area and museum. Janisol fire rated steel door systems offer a fire resistant door perfect for public spaces, combining both the legal requirements for structural safety with lots of design freedom.
The material properties of steel allow for extremely slim sightlines to be created and profiles with a depth of only 60 mm. Steel doors offer the safety features of a fire protection system combined with a sophisticated, elegant steel finish. The architectural fire rated doors used throughout Altona Museum are the perfect option for the historical building. The fire rated steel door system provides five key benefits to the Museum; low maintenance, long lifespan and exceeding thermal performances and high levels of security, not forgetting the amazing architectural, elegant design aesthetic it adds to the building.
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