Sun protection for the highest German Courts

Inside the Federal Court of Justice

Inside the Federal Court of Justice

The Federal Court of Justice and the Federal Constitutional Court have been given new protection against sun and dazzle.

As part of extension and renovation work, the Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof – BGH) and Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht – BVG) have been fitted with new protection against sun and dazzle. The materials have been supplied by Junkers & Müllers GmbH, producers of technical textiles, from Möchengladbach in North Rhine-Westphalia. ??Because of the enormous height to be covered in the old BGH building ? more than five metres ? the choice fell mainly on slat blinds. The 250 windows in the new building, on the other hand, have been fitted with roller blinds made of Arco Alu. This special fabric is made of Trevira CS and has been developed as a textile sun-protection material by this family firm, founded in 1950.

Office in the Federal Constitutional Court. “We found this project very interesting. Using Arco Alu as a material, we have been able to meet all criteria, such as flame resistance, dazzle protection, and excellent hanging properties. The very good transmission values of Arco Alu even guarantee freedom from dazzle at a workplace where a screen is in use when the material is used on a south window. While its high level of transparency ensures visual contact with the outside“, says managing director Dr. Christian Junkers. The aluminium-vapour coated back reflects incoming light, and also functions as heat insulation. According to the manufacturer, this material is suitable for work at a screen, thus ensuring dazzle-free and reflection-free work. ??After the sun-protection and anti-dazzle system had been fitted at the BGH, it was time to equip the BVG.

Office in the Federal Constitutional Court

Office in the Federal Constitutional Court

“After the positive experience we had already had with these fabrics in the Federal Court of Justice, I could only recommend the material further for the Federal Constitutional Court. The fabric really meets 100 percent of the requirements demanded of it, and one of its important characteristics is the excellent way it hangs”, explains Mario Öhlinger, officer of the Building Standards Authority and interior designer of Textile Wohnideen, Karlsruhe. Because of the large windows, the way the blinds hang is particularly important at the Federal Constitutional Court. Large-scale roller blinds have been used there, measuring 3.80 in height and 3.45 in width. ??The BGH and BVG are buildings which could hardly be more different from each other. The archducal palace of the Federal Court of Justice, dating from the nineteenth century, is juxtaposed with a new building of modern linear design, with a homogeneous facade made of natural stone. The building housing the Federal Constitutional Court was constructed in the 60s of the last century; the architecture of the new building was adapted to fit it. According to the manufacturer, it was possible to integrate Arco Alu successfully into the different surroundings. ??Photo sources: ?Photos 1 and 2 © Junkers & Müllers GmbH

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