Former stately home becomes glassy residence for the law
The Saxon prince-electors once resided here, and the progenitor of Saxon royalty also came into the world in Grimma Palace. The building, which goes back to the 13th century, has now become a home for the law since the district court moved into it. A high degree of architectural transparency helps turn the listed building into an experience. Point-fixed glass systems from Hunsrück glass processor Wagener were used.
From January 2010 onwards the palace was upgraded and renovated within three years by the State of Saxony at a cost of EUR 14.5 million. It now accommodates the district court of Grimma, a large town 25 km south-east of Leipzig.
The focus of the renovation of the building, whose foundation walls go back to the 13th century, was the entrance area and a now fully glazed connecting passageway between the historic granary and the palace.
High degree of transparency
The architectural concept aims for a high degree of transparency, which could be realised using various innovative glass structures for building envelope and supporting structure. The glass architecture helps the historical building to be experienced from the inside and outside and creates symbolic transparency for its new resident, the district court.
The foyer is spanned by glass beams, while the glass facade is supported by glass facade supports. The point-fixed glazing of the stair and lift tower sets itself apart from the rest due to a screen-printed design in places.
For more than 15 years, Glas Wagener in Kirchberg has been developing and selling point fixing systems for insulating glass. In close collaboration between the departments Insulating Glass and Innovative Glass Construction, the engineers from Glas Wagener developed a system for point-fixed insulating glass that meets structural requirements and customer preferences and that has proven highly effective in practice.