Inviting, safe, hygienic and well controlled: building technology for shopping centres
Shopping centres demand attractively designed shopping spaces: flexible window and door solutions are a key component of creating these. They also fulfil an important role as part of safety technology and building automation.
State-of-the-art door and safety technology in the entrance area
A vestibule with four automatic doors at the Milaneo shopping centre in Stuttgart © Jürgen Pollak / GEZE GmbH
Multifunctional solutions for door and safety technology are used in the entrance area to a shopping centre: the focus is also on accessibility, hygiene and comfort for visitors to the centre, as is safety in the event of an emergency. The GEZE solution for the Milaneo shopping centre in Stuttgart shows how we can meet these demands. 12 vestibules, each with four automatic swing doors, allow visitors to flow freely during everyday operation. In addition, emergency exit protection has also been integrated to monitor all opening and closing processes and automatically release the doors in the event of an emergency. In a fire, the doors provide natural smoke and heat exhaust ventilation: retractable arm drives push the doors open wide and keep them open. The automatic swing doors have another benefit in normal operation: they close reliably to improve the building's energy balance. The automatic doors were one of the criteria that helped the Milaneo achieve pre-certification from the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB).
Movable glass elements allow for flexible store design
GEZE solutions impress in one of Scandinavia's largest shopping centres, the Mall of Scandinavia in the Swedish city of Solna: GEZE collaborated with AB Fasadglas to develop and deliver the two sets of doors in the entrance area to the 11-screen cinema with 500 seat IMAX auditorium. The mall's round logo was screen printed over the entire front – but the truly unique thing about the design is the automatic connection to the film projectors:
Since function and design were both important to our client, GEZE was the natural choice for myself and the architect. In addition, GEZE is highly responsible, constructive, and solution-focused in all of its projects.Diana Jurukov, Fasadglas Project Manager
Manual sliding wall systems allow for flexible shop design. © GEZE GmbH
In general, shopping centre stores need to be designed as both flexible and attractive presentation areas. These requirements can easily be implemented with manual sliding wall systems (MSW) from GEZE. Such systems open, separate, or divide rooms, while offering a modular design and highly flexible application. A couple of examples:
- in general, horizontal fixed and movable leaf elements can be differentiated. The former can be used as double-action doors, and the latter as sliding or sliding swing doors. Sliding doors can also be converted into fully functional swing doors with two handles.
- The door elements on the manual sliding wall are clamped at the top and bottom across the entire element width in the support and clamping profiles GEZE offers three design lines for these profiles: Classicline, Pureline and Protectline. Different finishes and colour schemes can be supplied according to individual wishes.
- The intelligent locking systems contribute to the simple handling: the combination of manual locking devices, which are used between two sliding panels and are invisible when the glass leaf is closed, and special front manual locking devices for sliding leaves next to a wall or door means that only one single Euro profile cylinder floor lock is necessary for a system.
Last but not least, GEZE offers a variety of solutions for parking management with sliding walls. Depending on the available space, sliding walls can be positioned so as not to lose any space in the entrance area.
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Hygiene in the retail trade with automatic door systems
Automatic Sliding door system ECdrive T2 at Aldi Süd in Mühldorf © Robert Sprang / GEZE GmbH
GEZE automatic door systems naturally ensure accessibility. Our products also provide effective support to the retail trade in implementing hygiene measures. The food trade is subject to particularly stringent hygiene demands. But regardless of your sector, be it a single retail outlet or an entire shopping centre: a lot of people will touch the manually operated functional elements in these high traffic areas, causing problems in terms of hygiene.
Automatic swing doors, sliding doors and revolving doors by GEZE help to establish hygienic conditions in such situations, as well as ensuring the safety of everyone concerned because you can pass through the doors in the entrance area and within the sales areas without making any contact, all thanks to our reliable drive units. Coupled with our activation devices and sensors, we can provide customised hygienic doors to cater to any situation.
Everything centralised and in focus with GEZE Cockpit
Building automation is seen today as a must have in shopping centre building management systems. This includes all kinds of devices used for automatic control, regulation, monitoring, and optimisation throughout the building. Functional processes in building technology can be completed automatically according to specified settings. The goal is to make building operations more energy-efficient, economical, and safe and to offer maximum comfort to visitors and operators alike.
With GEZE Cockpit, GEZE offers the first building automation system for smart door, window and safety technology Automated system components – from GEZE and from other manufacturers – can be networked and monitored in a targeted fashion. To do so we use BACnet, the most widespread communication standard in building automation. GEZE Cockpit can be used as an independent building management system, or be integrated into a higher-ranking building automation system.
It is important to consider that overall energy efficiency is often the most important reason to implement building automation. In addition to factors like the thermal shell of the building and its standard technical equipment, energy efficient can be improved significantly by using an automation system. GEZE consultants can help you find the right solution for your building management.