Globetrotter Ausrustung opened a new branch at the Isartorplatz in Munich, boasting a retail area of 6,500 sq. meters. The branch includes wind&rain chambers chambers, canoe pools, climbing tunnels and also a high-altitude cold chamber made using HI-MACS.
The new Globetrotter branch emerged as a complex building with 32 levels, with an investment of more than eight million Euros in the store conversion. The planning and implementation of the store was entrusted to the Hamburg architect Prof. Holger Moths. One of the particular features of the store is the 125 sq. meters high-altitude cold chamber which simulates the weather and altitude conditions to allows customers to test equipment and clothing at arctic temperatures or to use training equipment to prepare themselves for upcoming expeditions.
The material for the chamber shell, HI-MACS Solid Surface in Opal color, was supplied by LG Hausys, Geneva. "The light diffusion by HI-MACS was better in the chamber than that of the competitor products, and the colour range easily persuaded us too", explained Moths. The translucency of the material also contributed to the decision as it also provided optimum emphasis on the cold nature of the chamber. HI-MACS Solid Surface can be processed in a similar way to wood but is significantly more robust. The non-porous surface makes it resistant against external influences and particularly easy to care for.
The store also has a 458 sq. meters water activity area with a counter-flow system, on which the folding boats, canoes and kayaks can be tested, a glass climbing tunnel with 74 square metres of boulder surface as well as a rain chamber with a wind machine.