A 10 m high glass sculpture, the Polylit, was planned for the Kleiner Schlossplatz in Stuttgart based on designs by the Berlin artist Carsten Nicolai. The client was the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart. Werner Sobek was responsible for the structural and facade engineering of the object.

Temporary Installation for Kunstmuseum Stuttgart

The sculpture consists of a very filigree pre-stressed spatial framework made of steel, which was clad with triangular glass panes. The panes, up to 6 m in size, were mitred to minimise the dimensions of the joints and are made of laminated safety glass. They are coated with a special chrome-containing multiple coating, which creates a mirror effect during the day and a transparent effect at night.

The Polylit by Carsten Nicolai was a temporary installation with a provisionally planned standing time of two years.

Carsten Nicolai, Berlin/Germany

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Services by Werner Sobek

  • Structural engineering of loadbearing structure (WP 1 − 9 acc. to § 64 HOAI)
  • Facade engineering (WP 1 − 9 acc. to § 64 HOAI)

Stiftung Kunstmuseum, Stuttgart/Germany

Zooey Braun, Stuttgart/Germany

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