Climatic covers for industrial areas
In order of the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) the offices Schlaich, Bergermann & partner and ISA Stadtbauatelier worked on the topic “life and work under climatic cover” in a research association.
The aim is the investigation and development of an innovative, holistic, urbanistic, architectural, constructive and ecological design concept, primarily for industrial programs to be situated under a wide climatic cover.
The climatic cover as a new superior form of organization for business parks offers an integrated approach to solve the problems of ugly and wasteful industrial areas which consistently destroy the landscape: Instead of many single buildings coming together, a large corporately used transparent cover is used. Moreover, it offers a better appearance and reduces the space requirements by 35%. Because of its flexible use the cover can adapt to its changing requirements and, at the same time, work symbolically in the community as a landmark.
A new working environment with all-season usable public spaces is generated for its temperatures never fall lower than 5 degrees even in wintertime.
Due to its ordered appearance, climatic covers allow the installation of industry even in sensitive areas. It can be reinstalled in the city because the cover encloses the industrial area and related emission. Characteristics and potentials of this new form of industrial areas were investigated by Schlaich, Bergermann & Partner and ISA Int. Stadtbauatelier in the context of the BMBF aided interdisciplinary research project.