The new building complex is the remote extension for the crowded exhibition halls of the National Museum in Paris. This new museum branch in Lens is located on a 20,000 m² site of a former mine. Long rectangular buildings are staggered into the 450 m depth of the site in a park landscape.
The minimalistic architecture of SANAA had to be realized by a filigree structure to emphasize the building’s weightless character. Besides the little number and small dimension of the columns the challenge for the structural engineers was that no other vertical structural elements reached up to the roofing structure.
Thin T-section steel girders with a span of 26 m in a dense sequence form the unusually light appearing roof. Several functions had to be provided in a total height of only 25 cm roof structure: light guidance, glare protection, shading and daylight entry.
The buildings are cladded with polished aluminum sheet panels, allowing the surrounding landscape to be diffusely mirrored on the surfaces. Light ceilings lead natural daylight into the exhibition halls. At the centre of the complex a hall with completely transparent façades houses the main lobby of the museum.
The insulation glass units with a total height of six meters take advantage of the maximum technical capabilities in glass industries at that time. One major challenge was to accommodate possible deformations of the reduced structural system of the hall with the very light and transparent façade system.
Client: Région Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Musée du Louvre, Paris, France
Architect: SANAA Kazuyo Sejima & Ryue Nishizawa, Tokio, Japan
Competition: 1st prize
NFA: 28,000 m² | GFA: 14,000 m² | Surface area façade: 6,600 m² | Roofing surface: 12,500 m² | Haute Qualité Environnementale (HQE)
Classification: Exhibition halls : Reinforced-concrete with filigree steel roof structure | Entrance hall : Steel glass construction
Service: Structural and Façade Design
Equerre d'Argent 2013
ICONIC AWARDS 2013
Leichtes Tragwerk, filigrane Fassade für den Louvre-Lens
K. Bollinger, M. Grohmann, D. Pfanner, in: DETAIL Einfach und Komplex, Serie 5/2013, S. 538
Die Träger stellten eine besondere Herausforderung dar
Interview mit D. Pfanner, in Bauwelt 5/2013, S.31
Louvre Lens - Einfachheit und Komplexität
K. Bollinger, M. Grohmann, D. Pfanner, in: Glasbau 2014; hrsg. von B. Weller, S. Tasche; Ernst und Sohn Verlag, Berlin; S. 17 - 27
Einfachheit und Komplexität - Louvre Lens
K. Bollinger, M. Grohmann, S. Nowak, D. Pfanner, in: Ingenieurbaukunst 2014; Ernst & Sohn GmbH & Co. KG, Berlin, 2014
Les coûts s'envolent pour le Louvre à Lens, in: Le Monde, 08.02.07
Musée du Louvre, in: The Architectural Review, 03/2013, S. 28-43
Le Louvre Lens dévoile ses galeries, in: Le moniteur, 1er Juillet 2011, S. 48-50
Musée du Louvre , in: architektur aktuell, the art of building, 03/2013, S. 96-107
20 May - 20 September 2017
A "Paradiesgarten" for LutherThe contribution "Paradiesgarten" by students of the UdK Berlin within the framework of a students competition was awarded the first prize. The walk-in installation will be shown until September 20th in the "Stadtpark Wittenberg" opposite the meadow of the castle.
Bollinger + Grohmann provided the students during planning and implementation.
17 May 2017
Opening: Art Biennale in Venice 2017The Austrian Pavilion presents in the course of the 57th Biennale again artistic installations. Bollinger + Grohmann gave expert advice to the artist Erwin Wurm for his Performance One Minute Sculpture "Stand quiet and look out over the Mediterranean Sea" as contribution for the Austrian Pavilion and acted as sponsor.
The Biennale runs from 17 May until 26 November 2017.
9 May 2017
Europa leuchtetOn the occasion of the Europe day and the 60th anniversary of the European Union, the EUROPE light installation will shine from the 9th of May for two weeks at the stage tower of the Komische Oper Berlin. The happening presented three artworks, music and talks that put forward a positive statement for Europe.
Bollinger + Grohmann was pleased to support this project and provided technical advice for the organisers.
13 April - 15 October 2017
IGA Berlin 2017: Inside the FlowerBetween 13 April and 15 October 2017, the IGA Berlin 2017 is inviting to a festival of the most beautiful international garden design and green urban life culture under the motto "an ocean of colours".
In the "Horizons" area is located, among others, the pavilion "Inside the Flower" by the artist Janet Laurence. The project was implemented in cooperation with LAVA and Cityplot, Bollinger + Grohmann gave advice for static issues.
New website online: IngenieurtalenteThe website is supported by the German Consulting Engineers Association VBI state associations and provides information about careers, training and contact persons in the fiel of engineering careers. The goal is to arouse interest among young people for the job of a structural engineer and the workspace in an engineering office.
24 March 2017
Opening of HYUNDAI Motorstudio Goyang in SeoulIn Seoul, Hyundai's largest adventure centre just opened. On a total of 14 levels are located the new exhibition-, office-, educational- and recreational spaces. The building has also 5 basement levels, housing parking-, service areas. Delugan Meissl Associated Architects from Vienna were responsible for the design and execution, Bollinger + Grohmann were charged with the structural and façade design in this project.
26 April 2017, 7pm
AZC invite Bollinger + Grohmann au 15/17„De Re Aedificatoria“
Lecture by Klaas de Rycke (B+G Paris)
Location: AZC 15/17 rue Vulpian Paris 13ème
19 April 2017
Construction site of the Park Apartments Belvedere: Excursion of our Viennese teamA mixed-use building complex consisting of three residential and two hotel towers in close proximity of Vienna central station is rapidly progressing! The open ground floor space with the characteristic piles is clearly visible now. Expected completion is scheduled for autumn 2018.
Won: "Typenhochhaus 2.0"First prize for the competition team of LIN Finn Geipel, Berlin, Germany + Giulia Andi, Paris, France. The aim of the non-open ideas competition was the design of a high-rise as modular system.
Bollinger+Grohmann provided technical advice for the architects.
5 April 2017
CAADRIA 2017 in Suzhou, China1:30 - 2:30 p.m.:
Keynote by Manfred Grohmann
Location: XJTLU South Campus DBG19
Until April 2nd
Philippe Parreno: Anywhen / Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, LondonPhilippe Parreno has transformed the Turbine Hall of Tate Modern in London into an immersive experience that aims to challenge the viewer's perception of time and space.
Bollinger + Grohmann have supported the French artist once again on questions relating to the realisation of the constructive design and detailing of his design.
30 March 2017
Competition "Mino": 1st prizein the invited competition for the young Norwegian architects from Transborder Studio, Oslo, Norway, together with Bollinger + Grohmann Ingeniører for the extension of the Holocaust Centre in Oslo.
27 March 2017
Competition Frankston Railway Station in Melbourne: 2nd prizefor the team Supermanouvre and Scott Carver from Sydney.
Bollinger + Grohmann Engineers supported the architects for the structural design of the timber roof.
Apprenticeship as draughtsperson in civil engineeringStarting on 01/09/2017 we offer again a training as a draftsman for civil engineering. There is the possibility to attend 2-3 test-days in our Frankfurt office.
23 March 2017, 7pm
Talking about ArchitectureKlaus Bollinger will be speaking at the 'Talking about Architecture' lecture series hosted by BENE. Location: BENE-lecture hall Neutrogasse 4–8, Vienna.
23 - 24 March 2017
2nd Annual Innovative Glazing Global Summit in Prague17/03/24, 9:10 a.m.:
"Killing streotypes - merging performance and aesthetics in façade engineering":
Lecture by Daniel Pfanner
Location: Kings Court Hotel, Prague
Currently at the construction site of FLOATThe structural work of the basement of the 220 m long and 60 m wide building is nearly completed.
8 March 2017
In memoriam Gaetano LicataSuddenly and unexpectedly we received the sad news of the death of Gaetano Licata on Wednesday, 8 March.
Our thoughts are with his family.
La salle de sport de CalaisProgress on the construction site: the steel structure of the roof is completely mounted now.
30 January 2017
Competition new Oscar-Paret school: 1st prizeIn the coure of the architectural design competition Bollinger + Grohmann supported the architects from mvm+starke, Cologne, for the structural design.
27 January 2017
Exhibition: DAM prize for architecture in Germany 2017The 24 best buildings from/in Germany.
Awarded were among other projects the "Grimmwelt" in Kassel, Germany (kadawittfeldarchitektur, Aachen, Germany), the extension of the "Europäsiche Schule" (NKBAK, Frankfurt, Germany) as well as the residential building at "Quai Henri IV" in Paris, France (LIN Architekten, Berlin, Germany).
The exhibition is running from January 28th until April 30th 2017 in the DAM in Frankfurt, the exibition opening was on January 27th.
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17 January 2017
Pavilion at the Kochi-Muzuris BiennaleAn art pavilion by Eva Schlegel and Carl Pruscha has been recently completed in Kochi, India. The Biennale opened on 12/12/2016 runs until 29/03/17. Bollinger + Grohmann consulted on the steel structure.
14 December 2016
Laying of the foundation stone: Musée de la Cour d’Or in MetzThe ceremony for the new entrance of the Musée de la Cour d’Or in Metz took place on December 14. The construction works will be completed by the end of 2017.
12 December 2016
Bridge above the Tauber river shortly before completionThe last concreting works need to be done, also railings have to be installed and connecting areas have to be established. But the successful implementation of the design is already clearly visible.
Provinciehuis Antwerp construction siteThe Viennese planning team of Bollinger + Grohmann visited the construction site of the Provinciehuis in Antwerp. The building shell of the new office tower has meanwhile reached the seventh floor and the congress building has already been completed.
21 November 2016
L'Equerre d'argent 2016 für "Lieu de vie"This year, the jury of the 34th edition of the architecural prize decided to opt for the project on the campus of the Université de Saclay.
Architect: Muoto, Paris
Structural and Façade Design: Bollinger + Grohmann Sarl, Paris
15 November 2016