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Gratings in architecture – aesthetic, functional and sustainable

Common in gangways, stairs or exit routes, gratings are an integral part of industrial construction and particularly often used by planners and architects. But especially in recent years, gratings have experienced a transformation and are now becoming ideal building products with a broad range of applications.

Be it facades or floor coverings, sun protection, parts in bridge building or interior design, gratings enrich the scope of possibilities for planners and builders while providing numerous advantages. The gratings made out of steel, stainless steel or fibre-reinforced plastic (GFRP) consist of broader carrier bars and formative cross bars, which makes them easy-to-install, prefabricated elements with excellent static properties.

The possibility of freely selecting size, shape, colour, their visual uniformity and light and air permeability makes gratings the perfect material for interesting, individualised and playful concepts. Moreover, the durability of gratings and the fact that they can be recycled so well make them as attractive as they are, because due to these properties they can be considered sustainable and economical construction elements. The company Helling & Neuhaus, which is part of the Seppeler Group and has manufactured gratings since 1935, also contributes to this with their special selection of high-strength steels.

The steel used in the HighSolid pressed gratings is particularly tensile and, in comparison to other customary gratings, up to 50 % more resilient. After its exceptionally fast, made-to-measure production, a hot-dip zinc coat provides for a lifelong corrosion protection – even under extreme stress conditions. And, of course, the gratings can now be slip-resistant whenever required.

In the area of facades in particular the HighSolid shutter grates of Helling & Neuhaus offer a special feature:

Due to the cross bars inserted at 45 degrees, different visual cover options are possible depending on the pattern and segmentation of the grates. For example, the facade can appear to be non-transparent and be protected from the sun, and yet still be permeable for air. In parking garages or industrial facilities in particular this can be a great advantage.

In modern architecture, the opportunities of gratings are taken advantage of because of the mentioned functional reasons in comparison to glass, panelling or stone on the one hand, but also on the other hand simply because of aesthetic consideration – a facade made of gratings provides individuality. It is the interplay of closed surfaces and transparency, of massive materials and the ease of their manufacturing, which fascinates planners and architects.

Helling & Neuhaus has specialised in these individual demands that often have to be brought into reality in a minimal amount of time. In regard to this it does not matter if the gratings are a protective, transparent roof covering a huge area above the glass cube reading room of the Berlin National Library, or if they function as an aesthetic and economical facade for one of the biggest parking garages at Munich Airport, the massive Den Haag Stadium or a BMW plant’s parking garage in Munich. They may even be a circular cover for the completely rotatable base plate of the innovative sun house in the climate park in Rietberg.

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