The roots of these traditional manufacturers date back to 1836, when the company was founded as J. R. Schön woodwork and glaziers shop. In 1870 the Glaziers and Glass Trade HAHN was established under the lead of Heinrich Hahn.
Ever since the foundation GLASBAU HAHN has always demonstrated creative solutions in glass. Innovative ideas and successful products have been honored with numerous national and international awards.
Major developments and innovations 1930 – 1990
1931 Production of the first glass-cement and first all-glass construction by bonding glass-to-glass
1937 First all-glass display case, a 5-sided hood
1938 All-glass display cases with recessed sliding door hardware, with a 3-way action to achieve a high degree of air- and dust-tightness
1940 Glass used as a static support for glass shelves
1958 Invention of double-sided glass stiffeners to stabilize all-glass shop fronts and entrances without the use of vertical mullions
1965 Invention of suspended glazing which allows the use of glass panels to a theoretically unlimited height. This development influenced the architecture in Europe for two decades.
1968 Four-in-line and glass-metal-stiffeners, combining the aesthetic appeal of an all-glass construction with the static advantages of massive metal mullions
1970 Development of various means of operating hardware for display cases, such as Monorail / Duorail / Duotrack
1978 Development of various modular display cases, such as the HAHN-module system, model "Tübingen" and triangle display case, which can be installed without the need of specialists
1981 Development of the first double glazed louvre window
1985 First use of clearwhite laminated safety glass with an Amiran- anti-reflective coating for the Freer Gallery in Washington
1989 First extensive and exclusive use of fiber optic lighting for the display cases of the New British Library in London
Major developments and innovations 1990 - today
1990 Development of various means of controlling the micro-climate of display cases
1990 Development of the HAHN PROTECTOR Picture Case with an hermetically sealed micro-climate
1994 Development of the HAHN-Swing door for the Getty Centre
(International and US-patent No. 5558416)
1996 Development of active climate control units RK-1 and RK-2 for micro-climates (international patents)
1998 Design of the HAHN HLS-system, a case that grows with your collection (international patents)
1999 Development of the first HAHN Nitrogen-display case, the highest degree of conservation within display cases (international patents)
2001 Upgrading the HAHN active climate control systems from analogue to digital control.
Development of the HAHN CON-TROL SYSTEM to monitor and control humidity, lighting etc. via remote PC
2001 Construction of a display case with glass panels of 9 m height
2006 Invention of the slide'n turn - system, a combined 3-way sliding-door and 90° rotating hinged door
2010 Development of the first louvre window with triple insulating glass complying with EnEV 2009
2011 HAHN PURE emission-tested materials according to the comprehensive BEMMA* -assessment scheme of the BAM Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, Berlin.