FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

HIRT moving architecture has been upgrading private homes and commercial buildings across the globe for many years. We have perfected the production of HIRT kinetics® to such an extent that this product can now be installed anywhere in the world where exceptional architecture is required: moving architecture that carries a fascinating element of surprise and magically transforms buildings by making interior and exterior spaces become one.

How does HIRT kinetics® work?

The moving components of HIRT kinetics® are not suspended. Instead, they rest on a supporting structure that is linked to a counterweight. Owing to this perfect balance, they can be moved silently by a small motor. This design turns even vast wall or glass segments into seemingly weightless objects that can be lowered at the touch of a button to create a completely open space where there was a solid boundary only seconds before. Even facades weighing several tons disappear effortlessly into the ground.

Up to what size can HIRT kinetics® be manufactured?

The bigger, the more impressive – in principle, there are no limits to what kinetics can accomplish. HIRT kinetics® is made for those who think big. The small model, HIRT kinetics® SF 90, supports a max. width of 6 m and a max. height of 6 m, resulting in a max. surface area of 18 m2. The maximum weight of the movable element is 1500 kg. The HIRT kinetics® SF XL model is virtually unlimited and can reach even vast dimensions. What is all the more impressive is that standard components can be used up to a size of 40 m2. This is where HIRT kinetics® SF Spezial enters the picture. The largest HIRT moving architecture element implemented to date has a length of 20 m and weighs 7500 kg. But this is still far from pushing the limit!

Is HIRT kinetics® reliable?

HIRT moving architecture can withstand extreme climatic conditions and has proven itself even in highly challenging environments. All HIRT kinetics® products are designed so that they can be installed anywhere in the world. They have already been in use worldwide for many years in a broad range of different climate zones – be it temperate central Europe, salty and windy coastal areas, humid tropics or desert areas with extreme temperature fluctuations.

Is it also possible to lower walls or facades without glass?

You can count on this! The weightless raising and lowering mechanism can be applied to virtually any type of shape. Whether it’s metal, stone, wood or another material, the final product disappears effortlessly into the ground. The effect is even more impressive with solid walls than with glass elements. Solid walls disappear in their entirety, gracefully making way to an uninterrupted open space.

Is HIRT kinetics® safe?

Yes. All HIRT kinetics® are built in strict compliance with EN standards. Type examination performed by a testing institute has confirmed CE conformity, and compliance with machine guidelines guarantees safe operation.

Does HIRT kinetics® provide good insulation?

Insulation is better than good, it’s excellent. Thanks to the thermally insulated design, thermal transition coefficients up to Uw 0.75 W/m2K can be achieved, depending on the glass.

Up to what thickness can glass elements be installed?

The maximum glass thickness for HIRT kinetics® SF 90 is 63 mm, for HIRT kinetics® SF XL it is 70 mm.

Which glass types can be used in HIRT kinetics®?

Practically any modern functional glass can be installed as triple, double or single-pane glass. Special glass, such as bullet-proof safety glass, can also be installed as an option.

Do the descender fronts also offer sun protection?

Yes. A sunshade such as used for normal windows can be used to provide shading. This is the standard solution. As an alternative, glass with solar control coating is also possible. As a special solution, canvas blinds can be attached directly to the HIRT kinetics® element. Alternatively, conventional products such as slat blinds or fabric awnings can be used.

Is it possible to integrate doors in HIRT kinetics®?

Yes, both swing doors and sliding doors can be installed in HIRT kinetics®. This is an option that we highly recommend as it further increases the versatility of the solution.

How do you operate HIRT kinetics® with built-in doors?

HIRT kinetics® with built-in doors always come with an electronic monitoring system. This system ensures that the element can only be operated when the door is closed.

Is HIRT kinetics® burglary proof?

HIRT kinetics® are designed to offer superior burglary protection. The only way to get past the element is by lowering it. If doors are installed as an option, these can be equipped with additional burglary protection systems.

Which structural measures need to be considered?

The mechanical room in the basement, which is required as a holding space for the lowered HIRT kinetics® element and the counterweight, has to be reinforced with concrete. This mechanical room also houses the control system, motor, drive shaft as well as the compressor and pneumatic components for the seal.

What do I need to look out for when planning the mechanical room?

The size of the mechanical room depends on the size of the HIRT kinetcs™ solution used. It also needs to have a minimum size in order to ensure safe access. The documents provided for installation (system plan and product description) define the exact dimensions required for each project.

Does the mechanical room need a drainage system?

HIRT kinetics® solutions come with an integrated water channel. This can result in the accumulation of small amounts of water, which must be transferred to a drain or pump shaft.

What load must the floor withstand?

The weight of the HIRT kinetics® system is generally distributed across the basement ceiling. This load transfer is calculated individually. As an option, supports can transfer the load to the floor of the mechanical room.

What electrical work must be performed on site?

The wiring of the motor, limit switch, control cabinet and other peripheral components of the HIRT kinetics® product is fully pre-assembled. All the electrician on site needs to do is connect the control unit to the mains.

Can HIRT kinetics® be closed in case of a power failure?

Yes, the manual emergency shut-down system also works without power. Due to the counterweights, this does not require a great deal of force.

In which construction phase is the HIRT kinetics® solution installed?

HIRT kinetics® are installed after completion of the shell. The building envelope should be completed to ensure that the technical components are protected from the elements as well as from contamination caused during construction.

When are glass elements added?

The glass is inserted right during assembly of the HIRT kinetics® solution to allow for performing the function check at that stage. After installation, the glass is tested and protected on site.

How do you operate HIRT kinetics®?

The system is operated via a key switch or a permanent contact switch with dead-man’s control and visual monitoring of the movement. Alternatively, fully automatic control of the HIRT kinetics® solution conveniently operated using a tablet or touchscreen is possible.

Are the mechanical parts protected against sand and salty air near the sea?

The electronics are protected by the closed control cabinet. The mechanics comprise high-quality components such as closed ball bearings and a special coating to prevent corrosion.

What is the service interval for HIRT kinetics®?

The guidelines provide for a periodic inspection once every two years. If the system is used very frequently, we recommend an annual maintenance inspection. In addition, remote maintenance is possible via an Internet connection. This allows for efficient system access when updating software and, if necessary, for analyzing malfunctions.