4. Juli 2023

Lively façade design in harmony with the corporate design

Pflaum panels give the façade of the new PROBAT building a unique appearance.

For more than 150 years, PROBAT in Emmerich am Rhein (D) has been producing roasting machines and systems for the coffee processing industry as a leading manufacturer worldwide. With an economically, ecologically and socially oriented production that is both competitive and adaptable, the site is now ideally equipped for the industrial future. 

After a total construction period of just over two years for the new building and the revitalisation of the existing building for production with adjoining production-related administration and break area, the PROBAT Future Factory was handed over to the client on 25 August 2022.

Planning approach "from the inside to the outside

The 4,900 m² new building and the conversion of the 13,000 m² existing area are based on the future-oriented factory concept of the consulting and planning company Dr. Schönheit + Partner Consulting Engineering GmbH (S + P). The basis for the PROBAT factory of the future is the factory structure planning carried out by S + P, which envisages a process-oriented factory design with optimal arrangement of the production and organisational areas. In addition, changeable structures and sufficient expansion areas are to enable future growth.

"The structure of the production and logistics areas as well as the production-related administration, which is open from the inside to the outside, is the final result of 2/3 existing building and 1/3 new building after a construction period of just over 2 years in the ongoing process," says Peter Thomé, managing director and architect of the consulting and planning company Dr. Schönheit + P. Engineering GmbH. 

New standards in façade design

The building envelope was not only to be of high architectural quality, but also to generate a unique selling point for PROBAT and lend liveliness to the 200-metre-long façade along the main entrance road to Emmerich. 

"So not only did we choose the panels in line with PROBAT's corporate design in terms of colour, they also have two different degrees of gloss, which were positioned irregularly on the building. This results in different reflections depending on the time of day and weather conditions and gives the façade a unique, lively appearance," explains Peter Thomé.

The Pflaum FI mineral wool panel from Pflaum & Söhne is the perfect choice for a seamless appearance of your façade. This is because the fastening is hidden behind the ceiling shells by means of special milling of the composite panels, completely without visible screw connections of the panels. The shear-resistant bond of the non-combustible mineral wool fibres inside the mineral wool panels ensures that the insulation always remains in place and does not sag. The result is a functional and contemporary façade with maximum safety and stability at the same time.

"The requirements in modern façade construction are becoming increasingly complex, especially with regard to safety, fire protection and thermal insulation. We are particularly pleased that we are able to meet these high demands, especially with regard to aesthetics, and that we are able to demonstrate this with such showcase projects," says Daniel Höller, CMO of Pflaum & Söhne Bausysteme GmbH.

Production hall in uniform, reduced colour design and with plenty of natural light

Floor-to-ceiling windows, fully glazed doors and roof light bands ensure high transparency and natural light within the hall, in addition to the installed LED lighting. The administration was also integrated into the hall close to production and is equipped with floor-to-ceiling windows to create transparency and a connection between the administration on the 1st floor and the production at ground level. A pleasant working atmosphere is ensured, among other things, by special soundproofing measures and the perspectives of the walkways, which always lead the view outwards.
PROBAT Future Factory in Emmerich