Taiyuan Zoo 
Taiyuan, China 
© Delugan Meissl Associated Architects
© Delugan Meissl Associated Architects
Taiyuan Zoo 
Taiyuan, China 

project description


The main aim of the proposed design for the new entrance building of the Taiyuan Zoo is to generate a fluent transition zone between the urban environment and the zoo and to create a clear entrance gesture. As the visitor approaches the entrance through the serpentine like pathways he constantly changes the perspective while coming closer. On top of the artificial hill he finds himself on a plaza that is bordered by the necessary functions that are integrated into the landscape.
The Plaza is covered with a wide roof that is visible from far away and that marks the entrance clearly. It consists of movable panels that are influenced by the actual wind conditions. The appearance of the roof is constantly changing and also influences the play of light and shadow generating multiple atmospheres below the roof. The construction of the roof is inspired by the idea of creating zones of different densities. Together with the panels it creates a forest-like feeling. The result is not only a pure transition zone but one that also can act as stage for different events or just invites you to take a short rest.

structure


The roof structure consists of two main parts, both designed in steel: the lower part serves as a green roof for auxiliary spaces of the zoo and will be fully insulated and cladded. The upper part will be highly visible, housing 5480 rotating panels which move in the wind. Therefore the slenderness and careful detailing of the upper part is of priority. The top is designed as a space-truss which is vertically supported on 101 columns, of which 10 are also providing horizontal support. The grid size in plan is about 1x1 meter, which results in a very dense but light structure. The height of the space truss is 80 cm. The middle part as shown in previous diagrams is covered by glass of 2 x 6 mm thickness to protect the walkable area underneath. The rotating panels are mounted on a subsystem.

Data


Client: Municipality of Taiyuan, China
Architect: Delugan Meissl Associated Architects, Vienna, Austria
Start of planning: 2016


GFA: 1,385 m² | Height: 8 m

Service: Structural Design

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.

24 March 2017

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.

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 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.

5 April 2017

CAADRIA 2017 in Suzhou, China

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.:
"New Structures"
Keynote by Manfred Grohmann

Location: XJTLU South Campus DBG19

Until April 2nd

Philippe Parreno: Anywhen / Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, London

Philippe 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 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.

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.

23 March 2017, 7pm

Talking about Architecture

Klaus 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 Prague

17/03/24, 9:10 a.m.:
"Killing streotypes - merging performance and aesthetics in façade engineering":

Lecture by Daniel Pfanner
Location: Kings Court Hotel, Prague

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.

8 March 2017

In memoriam Gaetano Licata

Suddenly and unexpectedly we received the sad news of the death of Gaetano Licata on Wednesday, 8 March.
Our thoughts are with his family.

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.

27 January 2017

Exhibition: DAM prize for architecture in Germany 2017

The 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.

We are looking for a draftsman/draftswoman for Munich

To apply for this excellent opportunity, please forward your resume to
"application@bollinger-grohmann.de".

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.

14 December 2016

Laying of the foundation stone: Musée de la Cour d’Or in Metz

The 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 completion

The 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.

November 2016

Provinciehuis Antwerp construction site

The 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

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

The spectacular cantilever of the steel construction is meanwhile clearly visible.

26 October 2016

Awarding of Deutscher Ingenieurbaupreis 2016: Award for the ECB

Federal Building Minister Barbara Hendricks and the President of the Federal Chamber of Engineers Hans-Ullrich Kammeyer awarded the German Engineering Prize 2016 in Berlin this evening.