The Wilhelmsgymnasium in Munich is the oldest secondary school in Upper Bavaria. Founded in 1559, the historic school, which has more than 620 young men and women enrolled as students, went through a comprehensive renovation and extension project on behalf of the Department for Education & Sport.

The result is an ultra-modern school in a historic building, for which durlum supplied appropriate ceiling and lighting solutions.

Multipurpose area

The RHOMBOS expanded metal ceiling – powdercoated in Pearl Beige – creates a seemingly seamless transition between walls and ceiling, harmonising the two surfaces. With a free cross-section of 63%, this space has a very open look and feel. The individual panels are lined with fleece to improve the acoustics.


The open character of the expanded metal ceiling extends into the breakroom. In conjunction with the symmetrically radiant OMEGA 100 linear lighting, an elegant and timeless ceiling design is created.

Sports hall

Located 11 metres below ground level, the new sports hall features the S7 RHOMBOS TAIFUN expanded metal ceiling. The ceiling is not only aesthetically pleasing but also satisfies all functional requirements including offering resistance to the impact of balls. The luminaires integrated in the big ceiling lights, measuring 2210 x 2055 mm, create the impression of natural daylight.

The school renovation designed by Braun und Partner Architekten was completed in July 2018.

durlum products utilised in the project included:

S4 RHOMBOS expanded metal ceiling system: Steel plates in various dimensions, mesh size: 16 x 8 x 1.5 x 1.5 mm, free cross-section of 63%, powdercoated in RAL 1035, mostly lined with fleece (610m²).

OMEGA 100 lighting channel system: Channel width: 100mm, integrated in expanded metal panels, with satinised cover, light colour 4000 K, DALI dimmable (14 units).

S7 RHOMBOS TAIFUN expanded metal ceiling system: Steel plates in various dimensions, mesh size: 44 x 12 x 3 x 1.5 mm, free cross-section of 50%, powdercoated in RAL 9003, lined with fleece (approx. 340m²)

Roof lights with artificial illumination: 1.5mm thickness steel plate in the form of a truncated pyramid, dimension of opening at bottom: 2210mm x 2055mm, height: 692mm (20 units).