Category “Steel in construction”
The stainless steel facade of the day care center “Miniapolis” won first prize in the category “Steel in construction” at the Steel Innovation Awards 2015. The center is situated on the site of the new headquarters of ThyssenKrupp in Essen and is open to children of employees and local residents.
Like the entire campus, the day care center was designed and built by the consortium JSWD Architekten and Chaix & Morel et Associés. Its distinguishing features are three-dimensionally shaped facade panels made from perforated stainless steel. They envelop the building in an undulating outer skin. The panels were manufactured by a low-cost hydro-mechanical forming process.
Despite using less material the panels are very strong and can be made from not just stainless steel but also galvanized and color coated steel. This opens up a whole new market in modern facade architecture.
Category “Products made of steel”
Light, chic and eco-friendly – the SteeloCare aerosol can
In the category “Products made of steel” Lanico Maschinenbau Otto Niemsch (Braunschweig) and Schuler Pressen (Göppingen) won an award for the Steelo Care aerosol can, made of extremely thin film-laminated packaging steel with no weld and no visible bottom seam.
Slim A-pillar: Better visibility, less weight
The company Linde + Wiemann (Dillenburg) won an award for a slim A-pillar for cars. The combination of two modern manufacturing processes for tubular profiles and function-optimized part design allows the production of a one-part A-pillar that is lighter and increases safety through improved visibility.
All award winners received a steel sculpture created by the Heidelberg-based artist Stefanie Welk