Musée d’Ethnographie

The above-ground part of the building is a roof construction consisting of geometric facade and window elements. The biggest part of the museum where the galleries are located is up to 10 metres below street level, which is why the museum is referred to as an 'architectural iceberg'. The striking diamond-shaped windows in the facade are motor-driven Parallel-Projecting windows equipped with hardware we developed and manufactured in-house. The Parallel-Projecting friction stays are a special version. The window sashes with a size of 1250 x 4200 mm and a weight of 110 kg feature a retracting distance of 200 mm.

The museum received the European Museum of the Year Award (EMYA) in May 2017. The award was in recognition of the fundamental concept of the museum to preserve and promote cultural diversity and the heritage of a range of cultures and make this accessible to the widest possible cross-section of the public.

GU solution: diamond-shaped Parallel-Projecting windows