Querkopf Architekten GmbH were assigned with the task to create a new face for Hanse Merkur company in Hamburg.
The company’s architects decided to devise the entrance as a sculpture, architecturally merging the “past” and the “present” into the “future”, the press release by HI-MACS says.
The architects designed the entrance hall as an expressive continuation of the glass atrium into the urban space. The basic shape of the entrance is a rectangular pavilion with a six-meter continuous glass façade and a full glass ceiling stretching over six meters without any supports.
No pillars were used inside the structure; steel beams are used to transfer the load to the façade mullions. The construction process was complicated, as an underground car park had to be taken into consideration in the structural analysis.