Football wonderland behind glass
At no other location is there such an accumulation of German football history than in the German Football Museum in Dortmund (DFB Museum). Under the banner “We are football”, visitors can look forward to discovering around 1,600 exhibits over an area measuring 7,000 square meters, including the ball from the 1954 World Cup final. The foyer, with its cantilevered frontage in heat insulating glass, is one of the building’s architectural highlights. The glass, which was supplied by the Arnold Glas Group, makes a major contribution to the striking appearance and energy efficiency of the museum.
Nestled in the city’s “art and culture strip” and directly adjacent to the main station, the museum in Dortmund has become the focus for one of the most popular sports in the world. The EUR 36 million German Football Museum extends over three floors and is divided up into six zones – before the game, kick-off, first half, half-time, second half and extra time – that bring 150 years of German football history to life. The spotlight is on the history of the national team and amateur club football, among other things. The most famous exhibits include the original ball used in the 1954 World Cup final known as the Miracle of Bern, and the team bus used by the world champions in 2014.
Foyer with special glass, some of it produced manually
The museum’s distinctive exterior is just as impressive as the inside. Rectangular blocks in a light alloy extend over part of the facade to the roof. When viewed from a distance, the special perforations in the blocks cause a hexagonal football pattern to appear. The just short of 1,350 square metres of ISOLAR Neutralux uno heat insulating glass from the Arnold Glas Group also help ensure the memorability of the building envelope. The glass used is laminated safety glass 10 and 20 with a U-value of 1.0 W/m2K. The glass efficiently keeps the heat in the building but lets in light and energy, allowing energy efficiency to be increased and costs to be saved. ISOLAR Neutralux uno is installed in the completely transparent ground floor and associated foyer, which is an eye-catching architectural feature.
The foyer is at the front of the building and projects towards the forecourt of the museum. Its 142 m2 glass facade consists of 10 separate elements that are each up to six metres high and in some cases weigh as much as a metric ton. As mechanical glass production reaches its limits at sizes of 2.5 x 4.5 metres and a weight of 400 kg, some of the glass had to be produced by hand. “This called for a lot of finesse,” recalls civil engineer Peter Tückmantel, Project Manager for Arnold Glas. A 24 m wide and 2.5 m high LED wall is integrated into the foyer facade.
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