The Absolut Company
The metallic building envelope made of wire mesh by Haver & Boecker shines like a shimmering cube on the premises of the Absolut Company in Åhus, southern Sweden.
The Absolut Company is one of six brand companies within Pernod Ricard. With a total of 18,914 employees in 86 branches, Pernod Ricard distributes and markets internationally well-known premium and prestige spirits from all segments. The range includes the brands Ramazzotti, Havana Club, Ballantine´s, Chivas Regal, Jameson, The Glenlivet, Malibu, Monkey 47, Lillet and Absolut. Every single drop of Absolut Vodka is produced in Åhus, Sweden – about 600,000 bottles a day. Absolut Vodka is one of the largest spirits brands in the world and one of Sweden's most successful export products – 99 percent of all Absolut Vodka is sold abroad.
Metal mesh covering as bird protection
Due to the fact that the released warmth and the smell from the production area attract birds, which sometimes settle down to nest, the housing of the distillery cladded with HAVER Architectural Mesh serves primarily as bird protection. To ensure that no birds come into contact with the distillery, they decided to equip the entire production area with an envelope made of stainless steel metal mesh. After intensive research and consulting, they decided on a mesh cladding from Haver & Boecker including a large-format logo painting.
The HAVER Architectural Mesh type DOGLA-TRIO was used for the bird protection, which is suitable for many applications due to its inherent stability and the possible designs with different degrees of transparency. The metal mesh appears optically robust and secure at close range – when viewed from a distance it appears as a delicate fabric.
The wire mesh DOGLA-TRIO 1032 is a stable and robust stainless steel mesh, which is suitable especially for facade claddings. With an open area of 73%, it is on the one hand transparent enough to ensure sufficient ventilation of the distillery, on the other hand it is dense enough to prevent the smallest birds from hatching through. In order to guarantee this also between every single mesh element, it was necessary to create gaps under, above and between the individual meshes and fixing points that are smaller than 15 mm. This gap opening dimension must not be exceeded even under wind load, so each individual mesh elements had to be precisely pre-tensioned.
The team of Haver & Boecker installed in total 3,900 m² of DOGLA-TRIO 1032 stainless steel mesh in Åhus.