“Planet-Planai”, the ultra-modern valley station at the foot of the famous finishing slope in Schladming, Austria, is set to become the touristic landmark of the Alpine Skiing World Championship 2013. The extraordinary architectural construction was built in a real record-breaking construction time of only 220 days. This impressive cable car valley station heralds the dawn of a new era of touristic architecture. Of course, despite the exceptional architecture with its futuristic design, maximum priority was also given to ensure an optimal level of functionality. For the World Championship alone, the finish line stadium is to hold a capacity of up to 25,000 visitors.
The entire building is embraced by an enormous “loop”. Within the embracement of this “loop”, three interconnected building complexes are housed, in which the new Planai lift and cable car headquarters is now accommodated, along with offices for a variety of events (Clubs, World Cup, World Championship). The largest section by far, with a glass façade of around 1000m2, is primarily reserved for Planai guests and athletes. In addition to four elevators and escalators, the centre also provides a ski rental and a specialist sports shop. During the Skiing World Championship 2013, the press and television media centre is also to be accommodated in this section. Furthermore, the entire complex is constructed in a barrier-free design.
Thanks to the enormous system diversity and compatibility of the extensive WICONA product range, all of the individual requirements at “Planet-Planai”, ranging from the design to completion, were completely fulfilled. Among other things, the tried and tested WICONA WICTEC 50 stick system façade was applied. This façade system is predestined for the realisation of modern, innovative building design. Attractive WICONA WICSTYLE 70E elements in all glass look were used for the façade. The WICONA WICSTYLE 70FP series fire protection doors were selected to ensure safety in the individual building sections. These necessary, technical safety requirements can be harmoniously integrated in the architecture and provide a high level of safety that is in accordance with European standards.