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Visible from afar and yet harmoniously integrated into the urban environment – this is how THE ICON VIENNA, a modern office complex including a shopping mall, presents itself in the middle of Vienna's vibrant city centre by the main railway station. The ensemble of three buildings of different heights is interconnected via a meeting zone in the basement level. From the inside you not only have an unobstructed view over the city of Vienna; the visitor is welcomed by a spacious area that opens up views on all sides: light, elegant, dynamic.

Maximum flexibility
The planners – the Cologne-based JSWD Architekten in cooperation with BEHF Architects from Vienna – chose GM RAILING® as anti drop device, which proved to be the best choice in many respects: The parapet visually shines through its purism. There is nothing but glass to be seen. The glass railing hangs flush in front of the concrete ceiling. Coloured laminated safety glass obscures the floor structure. This way, the effect of the glass is shown to full advantage. The curved shape of the parapet was a challenge. The glass modules had to be bent according to the dynamic wave-shaped contour in a certain minimum radius. Our specialists gave the architects great support with this. The individual screen printing on the glass modules is both a sight screen and an eye-catcher in one. The pattern enhances the sweeping dynamics of the railing and gives the interior another unique selling point. Our GM RAILING® glass railing also proved versatile when it came to the necessary modification to adapt the mounting elements to the special shape of the parapet.


Certified safe
Our GM RAILING® glass railings are generally tested and certified according to the requirements of DIN 18008, which are considered to be the strictest in Europe. With this all-glass parapet, which has no fastening elements and is also bent several times, our GM GLASS RAILING proves once again how optimally different connection situations can be solved statically, architecturally and in terms of building physics. Accordingly, GM RAILING® makes a significant contribution to ensuring that visitors to THE ICON VIENNA arrive safely at their destination. At full capacity this is about 5,000 people.


Modular structure
With our glass railings, glass and fastening profile are already bonded together stress-free in the factory. Hence, on the building site, the GM RAILING® glass modules only need to be connected to the substructure profiles that were previously fixed by the customer. Assembly times and costs are thus reduced to a minimum. In addition, a glass module can be easily and quickly replaced – an aspect that is not to be underestimated with a public building of this size.