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17.01.2019 / Special projects

Paneum Bread Museum - Asten, Austria

The Paneum, Austria’s first bread museum, opened about one year ago. The renowned Coop Himmelb(l)au architectural practice and the Austrian baking products company, backaldrin, shared a vision.

The client wanted to provide a suitable display space for its roughly 1,200 exhibits from all over the world, dealing with the subject of bread. The result is the futuristic Paneum display environment in the shape of a loaf of bread.


INNOTECH provides safe solutions for the roof

The building itself consists of two components: A plinth building made of exposed concrete, approximately 17 metres wide, 31 metres long, and nearly 5 metres high, and a floating wooden construction consisting of 72 horizontal rings. This sculptural structure has been clad with 3,680 stainless steel shingles.

With the basic requirement that not one of these stainless steel shingles was to be damaged, the search started to find an ideal maintenance option for the building shell, and it was INNOTECH who provided the solution. A 41 metre long oval lifeline system with 13 anchor points makes safe maintenance possible at a height up to 20 metres, while retaining maximum possible freedom of movement for the user. The architect was particularly insistent that the visual appearance and the building aesthetics were not to be impaired. INNOTECH was able to fulfil this challenge too – the installed system integrates seamlessly into the building’s architecture, and is almost invisible.

Also in the Atrium, the building’s internal space, reliance is placed on the superior quality level of INNOTECH products. A total of six TAURUS rail systems, each equipped with a TAURUS slide and the corresponding safety harness, provide secure access to the maintenance platform.

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Founded in 2001, INNOTECH Arbeitsschutz is a family-owned company with headquarters in Kirchham and branch offices in Germany and Switzerland. With a dedicated research and development team, INNOTECH soon set international standards in the area of occupational safety. Ever since, it has driven forward the further development of innovative products. Today INNOTECH is one of the largest manufacturers in Europe which has specialised exclusively in the production of safety systems, with 88% from its own manufacture, in order to guarantee maximum quality.

According to various statistics, several hundred people have an accident on roofs every year. Accidents that could have been prevented with appropriate safety equipment and the diligent installation of high-quality fall protection systems.

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