Built in 1891 the Yarn Die Plant represents the typical industrial architecture of the 19th century. The aim of the major renovation project was to modernise the building and replace the industrial steel windows. The Jansen Arte steel window profiles used in this architectural renovation preserved the appearance of the original window design, whilst meeting the requirements of the current building standards on thermal insulation.
The renovation of the Yarn Die Plant building will enable its use as modern offices with the new thermal efficiency the steel windows provide. The plastered brick walls, steel columns and single-glazed steel lattice windows are all typical design details of the industrial architecture of the 19th century. The windows were key to the restoration of the die plant with 25 large arched windows (dimensions approximately 1900mm x 2500 mm) this is key to the overall design aesthetics in preserving the original features.
The desire for an original, traditional design aesthetic proved possible when the architect, Heim + Müller, found the appropriate steel window profile. Jansen Arte windows, with a sightline width of 25 to 40 mm and a depth of 60 mm are the first steel profile system for loft and industrial glazing, which is slim and yet thermally insulating. The slender steel profiles of the large fixed glazing include an inward opening casement window for ventilation.
The production took place within the workshop for controllable working conditions; the transoms and mullions were powder-coated in the same brown-black RAL colour as the steel profiles.
A comment from the architects, Heim + Müller:
"It was a challenging project that we were able to constructively solve with the new Janisol Arte steel windows to replicate accordingly to the historical model in an exemplary manner."