Merck Campus 
Darmstadt, Germany 
© HENN Architekten
© HENN Architekten
© HENN Architekten
© HENN Architekten
© HENN Architekten
© HENN Architekten
© HENN Architekten
Merck Campus 
Innovation Centre and Company Restaurant
Darmstadt, Germany 

project description


The Innovation Center with the adjoining employee restaurant is the centerpiece of the rearranged company’s site and serves both as the public image as well as for the research and development. The staggered floor levels create an open spatial structure with flowing spaces and flexibly usable project areas, allowing diverse perspectives between different zones and facilitating interdisciplinary work.

structure


The 6-storey Innovation Center has a footprint of 43m x 52m and a height of 24m. The floor area of the standard floors corresponds only to about half of the gross floor area and their geometry resembles two opposite quadrants with a bridge-like connection. The slabs are designed as composite structures with a steel support frame and a reinforced concrete slab with a span of approximately 17m x 20m. The balustrades of the bridge elements are in addition used structurally to achieve a higher span. The floor slabs are connected via self-supporting, double-curved concrete stairs.
The three-storey employee restaurant has a footprint of 40m x 52m with a 10m x 10m column grid. The floor structure consists of reinforced concrete flat slabs with integrated hollow blocks. A self-supporting triangular spiral staircase is located in the atrium and spans over two floors. The balustrade, walking surface and lower landing are realised in exposed concrete and form a box section, which acts as a doubly curved spatial load-bearing structure.

Data


Client:
Merck, Darmstadt, Germany

Architect:
HENN Architekten, Berlin, Germany

Start of planning: 2013
Start of construction: 2015

GFA: 22,000 m²

Additional service: Structural design excavation

Service:
Structural engineering

18 - 20 September 2017

Design Modelling Symposium Paris 2017

This's years conference will be on the topic: "Humanizing digital reality"

Applications are open the pre-symposium workshops and Master Classes from 16 - 17 September.

The symposium will be organized with the assistance of Klaas de Rycke (ENSA Versailles / B+G Paris) and Christoph Gengnagel (UDK Berlin / B+G Berlin).

Conference venue:
ENSA-V, Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Versailles, Paris

Footbridge 2017 Berlin

The Paper "Intelligent Fabrication - Digital Bridges" was accepted for the Footbridge 2017 Berlin Conference.

Prepared by Klaas de Rycke, Louis Bergis, Ewa Jankowska-Kus, Dragos Naicu, Adam Orlinski and Matthew Tam.

Location: TU Berlin, Gebäude 13b, Hörsaal B, Germany
Date: 6. - 8.9.2017

August 2017

New European headquarter of the MHK Group: progress on the construction site

Meanwhile, the installation of the translucent glass façade with its large-scaled second glass panes is almost finished.

July 2017

FOUR, Frankfurt

Frankfurt's new high-rise quarter FOUR is being built on the former DEUTSCHE-BANK-AREAL. The architecture of the buildings was chosen in February 2017 within the course of a competition by the Dutch architecture office UNStudio.

We are pleased to be in charge with the structural engineering together with Werner Sobek Frankfurt in a team (ARGE).

Since March 2017

Tomás Saraceno – in orbit

The installation was reopened in March 2017 after extensive renewal measures and will be open for visitors until March 2018. The accessible 25-metres-high net structure was originally planned in collaboration with Bollinger + Grohmann is installed sind 2013 in the Ständehaus in Düsseldorf, Germany.

July 2017

Ferris wheel in the "Spreepark", Berlin: Expert opinion

The ferris wheel in Berlin's Spreepark shall be recommissioned. Therefore an expert assessment by B+G with the participation of a metalworking company has been effected.



The client "Grün Berlin GmbH" has made a video documentation about the assessment by the experts of the ferris wheel and presents it on its website.

22. - 23. June 2017

Exchange of experience with German and Norwegian Planners in Oslo

The Network for Architectural Exchange NAX organized together with B + G Oslo a workshop on the topic "Planning, building, cooperations - collaboration between German and Norwegian specialist planners and architects".

After the event the NAX travelling exhibition "Contemporary Architecture. Made in Germany" was inaugurated at the AHK in Oslo. The exhibition runs until autmn 2017 with the participation of 34 NAX members.

25 - 28 September 2017

IASS 2017: Interfaces

The annual IASS (International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures) symposium will take place in Hamburg, Germany between September 25 - 28 2017. This year the theme of the symposium will be "INTERFACES: ARCHITECTURE . ENGINEERING . SCIENCE".

Applications are open for workshops (between September 20 - 24) lead by Clemens Preisinger and Moritz Heimrath - "Optimization of Statically Informed Grid-Shell Patterns", by Philipp Eisenbach - "Aggregated Structure: Approximating Topology Optimized Material Distribution with discrete building blocks" and Dragos Naicu - 'Parametric Design, Optimisation and Testing of lattice structures using densified engineered bamboo".

Manfred Grohmann is Vice Chair of the organisation comittee and Bollinger+Grohmann acts a sponsor for the symposium.

13 July 2017

B2Run Munich: successful participation of the B+G Munich office

10 colleagues of the B+G Munich team ran together with a total of 30,000 participants the 6km course through the Olympiapark Munich.

Apprenticeship as draughtsperson in civil engineering

Starting 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.

10 June - 1 October 2017

Sculpture Projects Münster

Bollinger+Grohmann Paris supported Oscar Tuazon in designing "Burn the Formwork" for the Sculpture Projects Münster, a German festival held every ten years.

The exhibition is organized by the LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur and open to the public from the 10th of June until the 1st of October.

27 June 2017

Competition for Walkerhill Spa & Resort: 1st Prize

for the concept by Delugan Meissl Associated Architects with Bollinger + Grohmann. For this project located in Seoul, Korea, the spa features, among other things, the longest infinity pool in the world.

31 May 2017

Competition for the extension of the Kunsthochschule Kassel: 2nd prize

with Kuehn Malvezzi, Berlin, Germany. The 1st prize goes to Innauer Matt Architekten from Benzau (Austria), the 3rd prize to TRU Architekten Part mbB, Berlin, Germany.
The submitted concepts will shortly be exhibitet in Kassel, Germany.

15 June 2017

Inauguration of the Crematorium "Hörnli" in Basel

The new L-shaped crematorium is located on the premises of the Hörnli cemetery in Basel. It is characterized by the calm rhythm of the brickwork compounds.

6 - 22 June 2017

KEPOS – c[pd]g collective post digital garden

The MAK FUTURE LAB, in cooperation with the University of Applied Arts Vienna, invites to the presentation:
"KEPOS - prototype of an interactive sculpture"

KEPOS is an interactive sculpture for the urban space, realized by the Univeristy of Applied Arts in Vienna. The pavilion combines the built and natural environment with the digital world of the information exchange.
The sculpture will be presented from 6 - 22 June 2017 in front of the entrance of the MAK.

Apart from sponsoring, Bollinger + Grohmann gave expert advice and developed the parametric structural design for the pavilion.

13 April - 15 October 2017

IGA Berlin 2017: Inside the Flower

Between 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.

Opening of HYUNDAI Motorstudio Goyang in Seoul

In 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.

20 May - 20 September 2017

A "Paradiesgarten" for Luther

The 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.

Art Biennale in Venice 2017

The 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 leuchtet

On 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.

New website online: Ingenieurtalente

The 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.

19 April 2017

Construction site of the Park Apartments Belvedere: Excursion of our Viennese team

A 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.

February 2017

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.

30 March 2017

Competition "Mino": 1st prize

in 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 prize

for the team Supermanouvre and Scott Carver from Sydney.
Bollinger + Grohmann Engineers supported the architects for the structural design of the timber roof.

March 2017

Currently at the construction site of FLOAT

The structural work of the basement of the 220 m long and 60 m wide building is nearly completed.

February 2017

La salle de sport de Calais

Progress on the construction site: the steel structure of the roof is completely mounted now.

30 January 2017

Competition new Oscar-Paret school: 1st prize

In the coure of the architectural design competition Bollinger + Grohmann supported the architects from mvm+starke, Cologne, for the structural design.

17 January 2017

Pavilion at the Kochi-Muzuris Biennale

An 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.

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