The project aim was to take advantage of the sites location and views of the open landscape of Lake Constance and the compact urban structure of Bregenz. The design of the new State Museum was developed structurally from the surrounding materials to capture as much of its heritage and location as possible. Steel framed fire rated doors are the focal point to the building finished in a Patinated bronze.
The listed building, which formerly housed the local administration, has been almost completely preserved and integrated into the new structure. Two levels have been added to the historic structure and directly adjacent to it a new five-storey building was designed.
IQ Metal fabricate a range of steel framed fire rated systems which were used in the entrance as both internal and external applications. The specialist steel frame sections have been fully tested to adhere to British Fire Rating Regulations and are available in fire ratings of 30/30 up to 120/120. The fire-resistance doors were created from a Patinated Bronze frame for a cohesive design with the rest of the listed buildings aesthetics.
The large elevated height of the new building enables the steel framed fire rated doors to maximise natural light and create a grand entrance/ lobby area to the new state museum. In addition, its new colouring and the bronze steel doors enable the museum to hold a strong presence in its urban context and Lake Constance.