Ceiling with Air Purification Function
After its opening in the autumn of 2010, the new Therme Vienna is going to rank among the major city spa centres of Europe. It is a project of superlatives not only because of the building, but also in terms of costs which come to a breathtaking 115 million euros. An impressive ceiling with integrated air purification embellishes the health centre. It was made by the ceiling specialist Vogl Deckensysteme from Emskirchen, Germany.
In the Vienna district of Oberlaa, construction has been in full swing since 2007. The old spa and the therapy centre remain open while project work is going on. The multi-storey new building, which is ultimately going to have four upper floors and two basement levels, is being erected next to them. The extraordinary recreation object with integrated health area is scheduled to open in the Austrian capital in the autumn of 2010.
The new city spa is a superlative in construction. Not only in Austria, but also in Europe! It will be operated with energy-efficient systems and covers a total area of 75,000 m². By the time it is completed, it is expected to have swallowed around 115 million euros. The object is impressive: Not only the 4,000 m² of water area and the 3,000 m² of sauna zone are in the focus of the mammoth project, but also the health centre with a magnificent size of 6,000 m². The competence centre for the locomotor system will be opened for visitors in January 2010. Over 200 treatment and therapy slots in the fields of spa and rehabilitation as well as numerous holistic offers will then be available to prospective patients in need of treatment.
Ceiling with air purification function
The Vienna-based company Uniprojekt Bau und Innenbau GmbH is responsible for the dry construction work in the health centre. They started with the execution of their project work in December 2008 and are expected to finish in March 2010 with the completion of the first construction phase. The dry construction contractor integrated a ceiling structure in the areas of treatment and massage rooms as well as in the administrative area. The choice fell on ceiling components from the portfolio of the Emskirchen ceiling manufacturer Vogl Deckensysteme, as they offer an additional air purification function.
A rigid ceiling framework had to be mounted first to ensure that this room-closing element could be installed without any discrepancy in height. This is the prerequisite for the specialist to install a ceiling that meets the highest demands and to avoid annoying defects in workmanship that would strongly impair the visual appearance. The Vogl adsorber panel was then mounted over an area of 2,500 m².
It is a perforated ceiling panel of gypsum plasterboard with high acoustic performance, providing the additional function of air purification. The plasterboard panel has a perforation pattern of 8/18 round and a perforated area of 15.5 per cent. The panel surface is equipped with the adsorbent zeolite, which was backed with a black fleece here. The function of this panel is easily explained: If pollutant molecules arise, this catalyst purifies the indoor air. Ceiling systems of this type are mainly applied in highly frequented places, as for example the health centre here!
Following the edge-to-edge installation of the panels, the unique joint technology of VoglFuge® was applied, as well as the VoglFuge® strip with its rubberised side. The latter is placed rubber side down into the moist liquid joint coating in the middle of the joint and affixed by means of the Vogl two-thumb principle. The panel joint area is then covered generously with liquid joint coating. The drywall installer uses the two-hour drying time to fill the screw heads in the middle of the panels and smooth the joint surface with a sanding paper working in joint direction. Sanding and cross sanding are no longer necessary with this procedure!
Type of object: Spa
Client: Therme Wien GmbH & Co KG
Vogl products: Adsorber panel and border frieze
Completion of health centre: January 2010
Design of spa facility: Architekturbüro 4a-Architekten, Stuttgart
Dry construction contractor: Uniprojekt, Wien
Decorative border friezes
The ceiling was embellished with integrating border friezes and indirect lighting. The drywall installer has various possibilities to create a frieze for perforated plasterboard ceiling panels. „Most of them are very time-consuming at the job site“, explains Michael Buchegger, Vogl project consultant for Austria. The solution is the VoglFriestape-Set®. It makes all this work child's play because the drywall installer no longer has to tediously fill every hole. By applying the tape, the frieze border can be completed neatly and in record time. - If there are any protruding plasterboard edges, for example, they are sanded down in the frieze area because an absolutely even surface is, after all, the precondition for the subsequent steps. The frieze area is then moistened with a sponge, the tape put in place and slightly rubbed down. At this point, the perforation must always be completely covered. Now the tape is moistened with a sponge once more and pressed down with a spatula to be flush with the plasterboard surface. A lambskin roller is loaded with liquid joint coating, run over a roller grid and then rolled over the frieze area generously covering it so that the roller texture is well visible in the end. The drying process takes two hours. After that, the surface is slightly smoothed in joint direction using sanding paper. No need for sanding and cross sanding! The result is impressive: perfect finishes from a roll of tape!
The ultramodern spa of Oberlaa offers the right holistic treatment for everyone and will enrich the Austrian capital by another attraction.