We realize projects in art, architecture and construction - from small wonders to monumental eye-openers. HA-CO carbon architecture.
Especially in the field of architecture, we have often been able to prove our ability to produce unique components even in large dimensions. Our components made of carbon and glass fibers not only impress with their lightness, but also with their appealing appearance and surprising stability.
Depending on your wishes, we can adapt our manufacturing techniques to the desired end product. We give our all to perform at our best, even under adverse conditions.
We would be happy to realize your project - whether modern architecture, half-timbering, shading or art installations - we are there for you.
Material: CFRP, Architect: Asif Khan
Entry Portals Expo 2020, Dubai
HA-CO Carbon GmbH presented itself in Dubai at EXPO 2020 through impressive entry portals.
The special feature of this architectural masterpiece lies in its texture. The combination of carbon fibers and resin used here is not only an eye-opener on a visual level, but also remarkable from a technical point of view. These and other HA-CO carbon components are characterized by extreme stability and simultaneous lightness.
After two years of planning and construction at HA-CO Carbon GmbH in Wallerstein, the gantries were completed in December 2019. The extraordinary dimensions required special transports and the know-how of our experienced HA-CO employees during the construction on site in Dubai. From October 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022, the 21-meter high doors of the portals were opened every morning and admired by thousands of people every day. In addition, the individual carbon strands and the filigree but stable construction could be discovered in a 31-meter-long passageway.
More impressions and interesting facts about the entry portals for Expo 2020 can be found on the portal Dezeen. Of course, you can also learn more from the architect Asif Khan. You can find out what happened to the EXPO site and the carbon entry portals after the World Expo on the official Expo City Dubai site.
Shadings, United Arab Emirates
For the EXPO 2020 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, HA-CO Carbon was asked to produce approximately 28,000 square meters of shading elements in addition to the entrance portals. This was done in cooperation with the company i-mesh from Italy (for more information click on the link).
Material: CFRP, Artist: Prof. Rita McBride
MAE WEST, Munich
The artwork "Mae West" was commissioned by the Building Department of the City of Munich as an art-in-architecture project as part of the "Mittlerer Ring Ost" tunnel construction project at Munich's Effnerplatz. The 52-meter-high carbon sculpture by renowned artist Prof. Rita McBride won out in a competition. With numerous internationally awarded objects, Prof. Rita McBride is one of the most important artists of her generation.
With 64 carbon tubes up to 40 meters long, the impressive waist-shaped sculpture, visible from afar, is reminiscent of a light-footed spinning dancer.
"Mae West" thus blends harmoniously into the existing architecture and the traffic circle at Effnerplatz. The individual CFRP tubes were produced from carbon fibers (rovings) using the filament winding process. In order to ensure an optimum form fit, connection systems from Teufelberger were incorporated directly through the laminate. Finally, the surfaces of the CFRP components were sealed in a weather-resistant manner. "Mae West" was made possible by combining various innovative carbon manufacturing processes. HA-CO Carbon was responsible for the production of the CFRP tubes, the prefabrication of the connection elements, the assembly at Effnerplatz in Munich and the project management. The linking of these elements is what distinguishes our HA-CO engineering. And: A comparable sculpture could not have been realized using conventional building materials such as steel. Because only CFRP lightweight construction by HA-CO Carbon makes the "Mae West" at Effnerplatz dance.
Material: GRP, Architect: Wim Poppinga
Wind Sword, Hoofddorp Haarlemmermeer - near Amsterdam, Netherlands
At the entrance to the new district in Hoofddorp stands a 33 meter high wind vane made of fiberglass. This moves playfully in the wind and charms the viewer with constantly changing temperament. At night, this wind vane is spectacularly illuminated and then acts as a beacon, guiding people home like a lighthouse. Likewise, it serves as a meteorological device that indicates the strength and direction of the wind. The fiberglass wind sword is based on three different elements: the wind in the wide, open landscape, the vertical position - to hold its own in the flat area -, and the history of the region, because this is where the Netherlands and Spain once met in a fierce naval battle. Once again, a combination of different elements that distinguish HA-CO engineering. A wonderful work of art made of GRP!
More about the archtect Wim Poppinga and the wind sword can be found here.
Material: CFRP, Artist: Prof. Rita McBride
Carbon-Obelisk, Emscher-Kunstpark Essen
The American artist Prof. Rita McBride designed this 14-meter-high obelisk for the exhibition EMSCHER-KUNST.2010. McBride is an important artist of her generation with numerous internationally awarded objects. At first, the obelisk seems randomly placed and arbitrarily set down. On closer inspection, however, it becomes clear that it too represents a very special landmark. The work of art refers to the history of the region as a center of coal mining. The material from which it was made is also fitting, of course: It is made of carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP or carbon) and is given a diamond-shaped pattern by the superimposed carbon fibers. Carbon engineering regularly amazes visitors here.
Material: CFRP and GRP, Artist: Susanne Thiemann
Bert sculpture, Munich
This sculpture made of a steel tube, encased in foam glass and wrapped in glass and carbon fibers, stands on the forecourt of the entrance to the Haus für Kinder on Robinienstrasse in Munich. Munich artist Susanne Thiemanns designed the 2.70 meter high work of art. She uses a practical example to show that she is no ordinary basket weaver. With its multi-layered material and gentle curves, the sculpture is reminiscent of a cocoon, which serves as a protected space for undisturbed growth. From a distance, the sculpture shimmers whitish gray; only upon closer inspection does one then recognize the loose black carbon weave on the white ground of the glass fibers under the transparent layer of lacquer. A union of two materials made possible by HA-CO engineering.
More about the artist can be found here: Susanne Thiemann.