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Public buildings and schools

Merten's innovative building system technology is used to good advantage in public buildings the world over, both in new constructions and in modernised older buildings. From Argentina to Shanghai.

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Airport tower Vienna, Austria

The airport tower in Vienna was equipped with most modern KNX technology and is thereby on the current state of the art.

Solution:
The tower was converted by the architects Zechner and Zechner as well as the planner Erwin Rauch. The realization of the electricity installation based on the KNX bus system includes these ranges: soil control room, emergency tower control room, main air traffic control area and in the multi-functional center. In these specified zones were various lightscenes, blinds- and curtains control are necessary. The switch range ARTEC was used in all areas.

 

 

 

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MSV Arena, Germany

The ball is round and 11 friends we are. Not only that Merten engages itself at the fieldsoccertour 2005 and 2006, also in the MSV arena is Merten present.

Solution:
Keep at it and let the soccer turf burn. Merten is not only involved with the 'Field Soccer Tour 2005/2006' but also specialist for the intelligent solutions represented in the MSV via LCD info display MT 701 in the VIP area. The arrangement of lighting and the circuit ensures a safe and efficient handling. The planners of the MSV Arena decided for M-SMART switches in polar white.

 

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Gustav-Adolf-Church, Vienna

The oldest Protestant church in Vienna is 150 years old, and its wiring was outdated, of restricted utility and potentially hazardous. A modern electrical installation was needed.

Particular emphasis was placed on an automatic lighting control system that could save specific lightscenes, e.g. for Christmas, meditation periods or festive occasions.

Solution:
In just four months, the electrical contractor Berger installed a system with a total of 41 lighting circuits and 11 power circuits for heating. "Using conventional technology, without a bus system, this type of solution could not have been implemented at a reasonable cost" declares Christoph Bergner, who programmed the system. On festive occasions, for instance, the KNX system not only allows additional lighting to be provided, but also switches on the church organ bellows and the speakers on the first floor. The particular advantages of the installation include its short installation time, the potential for energy-saving and the improvements in the area of fire protection.

 

 

 

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Neuquén town hall, Argentina

The city of Neuquén (pronounced Nay-u-kenn) lies in southern Argentina, and is the capital of the province of Patagonia. During 1998 and 1999 a new town hall was built, equipped with the KNX building system. This makes it the most southerly KNX project in the world.

Solution:
Every office is fitted with an INSTABUS ARGUS presence detector. In the public access areas such as the lobby and corridors, brightness controllers monitor the light and maintain a constant level of lighting. Year time switches control the times at which the lights are switched on and off. Mini-panels, one on the ground floor and one on the first floor, allow the lighting in the entire building to be controlled.

The museum has four switched circuits for lighting control (dimming, lightscenes). The council chamber has as many as 12 circuits, also provided with dimming and lightscene functions. The entire building can also be controlled using VTS visualisation software.

 

 

 

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Trade and commerce college, Passau

Germany
The project was led by the electrical planners IHE Mölldobler from Fürstenzell, and the electrical fitters Praml from Ruderfing. Numerous functions have been programmed, and these can also be visualised using VTS. These include alarm and error messages, access control, device monitoring and telephone control via TeleConnect. Remote visualisation, IR remote control, function module, constant light adjustment and lighting control complete the package.

The multi-storey new building which houses the commercial training college in the town of Passau in Bavaria boasts a comprehensive KNX infrastructure, with 800 devices across the 10,000 square metres of floorspace. The stylish modern architecture is the work of the ARC architectural practice in Bad Birnbach.

 

 

 

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Shanghai Circuit, China

2004 saw the first Formula 1 event on the Shanghai Circuit - a new, breathtaking motodrome.

Solution:
Here, Merten installed a comprehensive KNX solution for easy and efficient control of the lighting and blinds.

To provide journalists with the perfect working environment, 500 tables in the News Center were fitted with socket-outlets for power, Internet access and telephones. The drivers' teams also have no reason to complain about levels of convenience in the 23 team buildings.

 

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Berlin-Köpenick town hall

The building, which is a well-known landmark in this district of Berlin, was built in 1904 and has been renovated in stages from 1993 onwards. The building is a listed monument but still required modern electrical systems.

Solution:
So as not to unduly disrupt public access, the public works office decided on a solution that entailed the shortest time on site, and one which also gave particular advantages in the field of fire protection: KNX

A brightness-dependent lighting control system for offices and corridors, a lightscene control system in the multi-purpose rooms and movement-responsive lighting control for pictures in the gallery were all implemented at different stages of the building work. A building visualisation allows the various functions to be controlled centrally, from the porter's lodge.

 

 

 

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Templin grammar school

Germany
A intelligent KNX solution was found for this grammar school. Lighting regulation, lightscenes and blind slats have all been controlled via KNX since 1996.

Solution:
A weather station was integrated to protect the awnings and blinds: sensor control means that they are raised automatically and therefore do not become damaged. Panel control connects all the functions into a single unit. In 1998, the multi-purpose hall - which includes a triple-field sports hall - was integrated into the intelligent building concept.

 

 

 

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Den Haag city museum

When the decision was made to renovate the building in the mid-90s, one of the main requirements was that artificial light would be switched on only when ambient daylight was inadequate. Lighting and sun protection in the individual rooms should therefore be controlled by the same system, and the storeroom lighting in the basement should be linked in a logical sequence.

Solution:
A Merten KNX brightness control system, which measures the intensity of brightness on the walls and operates the sunshades as required. When ambient daylight is no longer adequate, the system dims up the artificial light to achieve the correct lighting intensity. If this proves insufficient, e.g. because some lights have failed, an alarm message is sent to the museum management. The entire system can be controlled and monitored using a touch-screen visualisation program.

 

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Further reference projects

Further reference projects in the area of public buildings:

 

Technical Relief Organisation, Wangen
Germany

 

Dettelbach Secondary School
Germany

 

Elisabeth-Seidl Foundation, Berlin, Germany
Germany

 

University of Hamburg
Germany

 

Central Station NMBS/SNCB, Brussels
Belgium

 

UFSIA Antwerp University
Belgium

 

Faculté Polytechnique, Mons
Belgium

 

Catholic Church of St. Ignatius
Singapore

 

Academy of Music, Berlin
Germany

 

Uli Schwarz Institute, Shanghai
China

 

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