German Spinning Mill Turned into Luxurious Commercial Complex

A landmark of Germany’s industrial past, the Augsburger Kammgarn Spinnerei has undergone a state-of-the-art upgrade, blossoming into a modern retail and office space. The resulting complex now serves as a showpiece for the city of Augsburg, even yielding them the 2016 Honorary Award for Building Culture of the München Metropolitan Region.

BUILDING ID
Location

Augsburg, Germany

Project completion

2017

Project type

renovation

Building type

mixed-use

Roof surface

ca. 16,000 m²

Roofing membrane

Firestone RubberGard EPDM 1.5 mm 

The industrialization of the 19th century caused an enormous surge of the textile industry in Augsburg, Germany. The worsted spinning mill of the Augsburger Kammgarn Spinnerei (AKS) was built in 1836 and employed up to 2,000 workers during its heyday, making it one of the largest spinning mills in Europe.

The spinning mill drew its last breath by 2004. Following a few years of decay, it was renovated and transformed into the retail and office centre it is today. Through a close collaboration between the owners and the city of Augsburg, the 7 hectare-sized vacant plot on which the Spinnerei is located was completely rearranged and redesigned. Drawing on the building’s industrial past, the complex was given the name Quatersite Kammgarnquartier Augsburg.

In addition to the renovation of the original building, the complex was joined by two new volumes. One houses a supermarket store, while the other is an exposed, stacked building with a circular balcony that provides space to several restaurants and offices. This expansion allows visitors to shop and work in a buzzing urban environment.
 

EPDM for renovations

Apart from the new additions, the renovation of the former production hall was the focus of the project, the centrepiece being its ceiling made up of 13 vaulted concrete roofs. Lightweight and extremely flexible, EPDM roofing membranes adapt easily to irregular shapes and can be used over existing roofing systems, making them ideal for renovations.

A total of approximately 16,000 m² of Firestone Building Products’ RubberGard EPDM roofing membrane with a thickness of 1.5 mm were used in the Quatersite Kammgarnquartier Augsburg. The membrane was fully adhered onto the 20 cm thick concrete vaulted roof deck of the former production hall, in accordance with local regulations for listed buildings.

The availability of RubberGard EPDM in large seamless sheets was another very important decision factor for the roofing company involved in the project, as they wanted to work with a solution that would allow keeping the number of seams to a minimum.
 

THE ROOF ASSEMBLY
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RubberGard EPDM 1.5 mm

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Concrete

THE ROOF ASSEMBLY
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RubberGard EPDM 1.5 mm loose laid and ballasted (BAL) with gravel/tiles

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EPS insulation

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Bituminous vapor barrier

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Concrete

There is a lot to discover about EPDM

EPDM is the most future-proof roofing solution when it comes to sustainability, performance and design freedom. Learn more about the role it played within this project and many others by discovering its benefits.

How did EPDM elevate this project?

PERFECT FOR RENOVATIONS

EPDM can be installed directly on most existing roofing systems, with or without insulation. Since it’s safe and flame-free, many renovations can happen without closing the building underneath.

Unusual Forms

Freedom of design is key to those creating big things. Thanks to its flexibility and availability in big, single-ply sheets, EPDM supports creative solutions. It also enables future transformations and placing new objects on the roof.

LAYERS OF FUNCTIONALITY: WHAT CAN GO UNDER EPDM?

A flat or low slope roof assembly consists of several components that need to work together efficiently and consistently to offer a long-term, sustainable solution. While the roofing membrane is often the top and therefore most visible layer, what lies under it has a significant impact on the overall roof performance. Choosing the right materials (and ensuring their proper installation) is what makes a roof stand the test of time and be ready for the challenges of the future.