from concept to construction
The building envelope is a functional and complex living surface. It fulfills a diversity of aspects, such as: aesthetics and representation, communication, safety and regulation of the external climate for attaining interior comfort. Every single project defines a specific mix of thermal, acoustic, fire and ventilation performance requirements. Bringing these together with the architectural design is the aim, and it requires not only a profound knowledge of established façade types, but also the willingness to develop façade concepts beyond classic typologies.
Our input to this process is the evaluation of external and internal conditions of the building location, in order to propose a façade and ventilation concept that meets the project’s artistic and functional intentions without sacrificing quality and performance.
We believe that new materials, information technologies and construction methods allow architects and engineers to develop new façade solutions in order to optimize resources and construction time.
from form to material
We create innovative engineering concepts to support ground-breaking architectural proposals. Complex geometries require analysis and rationalization to facilitate the design process and to develop a cost-effective assembly strategy. Our Performative Building Group transfers the surfaces and structures designed into digital representations, taking into consideration materials and structural behavior amongst other project-related issues.
The materialization of the design is the point where the façade starts to live. Our experience in glass design and alternative materials enable us to develop new structural façade concepts, optimizing the material quantity and, as a result, its dimensions.
from building physics to green skins
B+G consultancy also provides recommendations for reaching the envelope’s thermal requirements considering the following issues:
Interaction between thermal, acoustic und structural design, integration of requirements for a sustainable holistic design, incorporation of energy standards, life cycle assessment and ecological accounting, life cycle-oriented design of components, incorporation of requirements for international certification systems (LEED, BREAAM, DGNB, BNB, Passive house, ESTIDAMA, HQE, among others).
from comfort to efficiency
Solar energy which impacts and in places passes through the façade should be controlled to regulate heat gains and improve the visual comfort of interior spaces. We calculate the daylight factor and illuminance of interior and exterior surfaces, leading to optimization of artificial and natural lighting.
Solar radiation or wind flow can be taken into consideration as parameter for shape design. Single- or Multi-criteria-Design is used to balance a complex network of requirements.
From samples to real performance
We advise on the execution of standard physical tests for a full-scale façade mock-up, to accurately assess the weather- and structural performance of the façade system (including envelope design, fabrication and installation) and consequently ensure a superior quality of the whole building.
Some of these tests are: air tightness, static water tightness, dynamic water tightness, soft- and hard body impact.
from recycling to continuity
The refurbishment of a building’s envelope provides not only an exceptional opportunity for a new face but also for an upgrade of its performance, which is important at least for energy savings and often also for occupants’ health and comfort.
Historic listed buildings need to be carefully preserved and improved in a balanced way. B+G Façade’s consultants have the expertise to create such high-quality multifaceted façade concepts.
29 April 2019, 7 pm
Open Talent session in BarcelonaThe Open Talent session on "Shaping Forces: New Digital Workflows, Tools and Frameworks to Generate Physical Human Space", with Christoph Gengnagel, partner at B+G and professor for Design and Structural Engineering at the Universität der Künste Berlin, will take place at the Tech Talent Center in Barcelona.
09 April 2019
Topping out ceremony of the K1 in JenaThe future residential and commercial building with around 5,870 m² of residential and commercial space will be Jena's first high-rise since German reunification.
Bollinger + Grohmann was in charge of the structural engineering.
8. - 12. April 2019
Workshop Smart ManufacturingThe annual workshop was initiated by Klaas de Rycke as part of his teaching and research laboratory at the ENSA in Versailles three years ago. It is for students in their third year of studies and will introduce them in the world of parametric geometry, digital manufacturing and structural optimisation.
This year's workshop will be managed in cooperation with MADAME Architects, the teams of B+G Vienna and Paris as well as the Karamba 3D Group.
March / April 2019
New publications by B + GIn March/April, B+G is represented with a total of three articles in the "Stahlbau" and "Beton- und Stahlbetonbau" (Verlag Ernst und Sohn):
1. "Hyundai Motorstudio Goyang",
Stahlbau 88 (2019), Heft 3, S. 223-233
2. "Moderne Parametrik in der Tragwerksplanung",
Stahlbau 88 (2019), Heft 3, S. 184-193
3. "Eso Supernova", Besucherzentrum und Planetarium,
Beton- und Stahlbetonbau 114 (2019), S. 1-8
30 March 2019
Topping out ceremony at the Barmbeker BahnhofThe topping out ceremony of the new hotel and office building "Fuhle 101" in Hamburg Barmbek was celebrated at the end of March.
Architects: Bieling Architekten
Client: Development Partner AG und BL Gruppe
Structural Engineering: B+G
26 March 2019
Bollinger + Grohmann jetzt auch auf InstagramWith our new profile on Instagram, we extended our social media presence. We would like to use our account to give an overview and inform about our scope of work and projects during the different design and development phases. If you want to follow us, please use the link below:
6 March 2019
Deutscher Ingenieurbaupreis 2018Stadtwerke Düsseldorf and B+G donate the prize money.
1 March 2019
Competition "Hafenpark Quartier Frankfurt": 1st prizeFirst prize for the hotel design at "Molenspitze" in Frankfurt for Barkow Leibinger. Bollinger + Grohmann gave expert advice in structural engineering.
From 01/03/ to 14/03/2019, the nine submitted designs will be exhibited in the atrium of the Stadtplanungsamt at Kurt-Schumacher-Straße 10 in Frankfurt.
Wir suchen Dich: Ausbildung zum Bauzeichner Ingenieurbau*Ab dem 01.08.2019 bieten wir wieder eine Ausbildung Bauzeichner Ingenieurbau* an.
Bewerben Sie sich jetzt!
*Talent ist wichtig, Geschlecht ist egal.
28 February 2019
The Frankfurt Pavilion wins the IDA Awardin the architectural category "Exhibits, Pavilions and Exhibitions". The new landmark of the Frankfurt Book Fair was designed as a temporary building and was opened in September 2018 for the first time.
Bollinger + Grohmann gave expert advice to the schneider+schumacher architects during the whole process and was in charge of the structural engineering.
28 February 2019
ISS Berlin-Mahlsdorf: topping-out ceremonyYesterday the topping-out ceremony was celebrated at the Integrated Secondary School Berlin-Mahlsdorf. Both the modular school building and the sports hall will be built in timber.
27 February 2019
And another topping-out ceremony: Extension Hager building DThe electrical engineering group Hager expands its headquarters in Blieskastel by an office building for another 100 workplaces.
The planning company schneider + schumacher is responsible for the architecture and site supervision. Bollinger + Grohmann had already completed two buildings at this site together with them.
26 February 2019, 7pm
Haute Agora : The opening of the exhibitionThe « Haute Agora » tower, a research project developed by the architect Jean Christophe Quinton and Bollinger + Grohmann Paris, will be exposed at the Pavillon de l’Arsenal in Paris from 27 February to 31 March 2019.
19 - 21 February 2019
63th BetonTage in Neu-Ulm: lecture by Holger Alpermann (B+G Berlin)Holger Alpermann is invited to talk about the Merck Campus Innovation centre in Darmstadt, Germany.
Venue: Kongresszentrum Neu-Ulm, Podium 7
Time: 20/02/2019, 2 pm
12 February 2019, 9 am - 4 pm
Parametric Design Seminar in Oslo"Developing structures by using parametric design tools - projects review"
Lecture by Matthias Stracke and Flemming Højbjerre Sørensen (B+G Oslo)
Venue: Felix konferansesenter, Oslo
Time: 10.50 am - 11.30 am
JKU Campus - TNF TowerThe 18 metres tall steel grid construction of the new terrace at Johannes Kepler University in Linz is located on the TNF tower which is the tallest building on campus. The construction is planned to be completed in March 2019 which makes it the first of many new places for university visitors to discover!
11 February 2019
Tower of Power: Transport Design of the Year 2018The public charging station by Göbl Architektur in Vienna is awarded Dezeen’s Transport Design of the Year 2018. A photovoltaic panel roof and a built-in wind turbine supply the station with necessary electricity to charge four electric cars and four electric bikes at a time.
Bollinger + Grohmann was responsible for the structural engineering.
9 February 2019
Franz Masereel Center: OpeningThe extension of the Franz Masereel Center, in Kasterlee, Belgium was opened on Thursday, 9 February 2019. The project has been designed by LIST and Hideyuki Nakayama Architects. B+G Paris & Brussels were already part of the competition team and afterwards responsible for the structural engineering.
Ido Avissar of LIST will give a lecture about the construction at the Pavillon de l’Arsenal in Paris, next Thursday, February 21th at 7pm.
ECSN-Award: 2nd prize for Merck Campus in DarmstadtWe are very happy about the European Concrete Award 2018 for the Innovation Centre and Company Restaurant on the Merck campus in Darmstadt.
Deichmann Library: detailed documentation in the "Teknisk Ukeblad"The January issue of the Norwegian journal "Teknisk Ukeblad" published a detailed article about the advanced design of the Deichman Library in Oslo. Bollinger+Grohmann supported the project team in terms of structural engineering and façade engineering.
31 January 2019
Inauguration of the 100 000th social housing complex in ParisThe opening of '100 Housing Units', a social housing development designed by Japanese architects SANAA in the 16th Arrondissement of Paris, took place last Thursday, the 31st of January, 2019.
Bollinger+Grohmann Paris was already part of the competition team and afterwards responsible for the structural engineering.
18 December 2018
2nd prize : Passerelle vers le Mudam, LuxembourgThe team of B+G Paris in collaboration with Explorations Architecture and Ana Marti Baron Landscape Architects has won the 2nd prize for the footbridge competition amongst 6 finalists.
07 December 2018
Two-storey sports hall in Frankfurt: Topping out ceremonyThe Landessportbund Hessen erects a two-storey three-field sports hall in Frankfurt. Last month, the timber roof construction with 27.5 metre long main girders was assembled. In the meantime, the assembly has been completed and the topping-out ceremony has been celebrated.
03 December 2018
Prize for Good Design 19The Frankfurt Pavilion wins bronze in the category "Spaces".
The official award ceremony took place on 30 November at the Kunstverein Familie Montez in Frankfurt.
The temporary construction for the Frankfurt Book Fair was created in collaboration between schneider+ schumacher architekten and Bollinger + Grohmann Ingenieure.
27 November 2018
Three "Equerre d’argent" awards in five years!After the success of the Musée du Louvre Lens (SANAA) and the Lieu de vie (Studio Muoto), it is the turn of the project "Quai de la Moselle sports center" (Bureau faceB) to win the "Equerre d’argent" award in the Culture, jeunesse et sport category.
We are pleased to have participated in all these projects!
27 November 2018
Deutscher Ingenieurpreis: Recognition for "Kraftwerk Lausward"On 27.11.2018, the "Deutsche Ingenieurbaupreis 2018" was awarded in the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart. The State Prize was launched for the second time and is the most important award for civil engineers in Germany. We are delighted with the jury's decision to award the "Lausward Power Plant".
Photo: Detlef Göckeritz/Studio KD Busch
26 November 2018
New publication about "Quai de la Moselle" is onlineA publication with an extensive photo documentation about the sports hall of the architects of FaceB (Lille, France) has been published in BauNetz. Bollinger + Grohmann were responsible for the structural design.
Photo: Maxime Delvaux
15 November 2018
Topping-out ceremony at the Lurup Neighbourhood School, HamburgOn 15 November, the topping-out ceremony for the new neighbourhood school was celebrated in Hamburg's Lurup district. The new building (Behnisch Architekten, Stuttgart) for approx. 900 pupils will replace three existing school facilities in the future and will also be used by the neighbouring districts for sports and other events.
Brand-new: Ingenieurbaukunst 2019The book, published by the Federal Chamber of Engineers, presents the most spectacular current civil engineering projects worldwide, in which German engineers play a significant role.
Bollinger + Grohmann are represented this year with contributions about the projects "Lab City" (with OMA, Rotterdam) in Paris and the Deichmanske Library (with Lund Hagem Arkitekter and Atelier, Oslo) in Oslo.
Exhibition at Fondation Cartierwhich runs from 14 October 2018 until 24 February 2019 at "Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain" under the name Géométries Sud, du Mexique à la Terre de Feu in Paris.
Bollinger + Grohmann have supported the Paraguayan architects Solano Benítez and Gloria Cabral for the structural design of their monumental art work that unfolds along the façade of the Cartier Foundation. The project consists of 144 panels of broken bricks and concrete assembled like a house of cards.
Photo credits: Wim Jansen (B+G)
«Sunt og pluss – det går an!»In the article «Sunt og pluss – det går an!» for the cultura bank's magazine “pengevirke”, architect Michael Lommertz from the Oslo office, discusses the possibilities for healthy houses within the current framework.
14 October 2018
Torroja Medal for Manfred GrohmannWe are pleased to announce, that Manfred Grohmann will receive the Torroja Medal 2019 of the IASS. The engraved medal represents the highest individual recognition given by the Association to members or nonmembers of the Association in recognition of outstanding and distinguished contributions to design, construction or research of shell and/or spatial structures. It is conferred upon those who embody the ideals and accomplishments of Eduardo Torroja, the founding president of the IASS.
12 October 2018
Reinventing CitiesThrough the international competition 'Reinventing Cities', new buildings will be realized in Stovner and Furuset. Bollinger + Grohmann engineers Oslo, together with “The urban village team”, was chosen to participate in the next stage of the competition.
First prize: “Equipment Sportif Saint Sauveur” in LilleThe sports hall “Equipment Sportif Saint Sauveur” in Lille, designed by the architects from Face B together with Bollinger+Grohmann, has been awarded the first prize.
The building features a striking timber roof structure with concave curbes and will be made of precast concrete elements. Bollinger+Grohmann Paris worked on the structural design.
11 October 2018
Bauhaus Museum Dessau: carcass completedThe structural works of the Bauhaus Museum in Dessau are completed. The bridge structure will house the collection and is floating as a closed volume above the public
space, which is used for temporary exhibitions, events and workshops. The span between the cores is 50 m, the cantilever is 21 m.
Architect: addenda architects
Structural and Façade Engineering, Building Physics and structural fire protection: Bollinger + Grohmann Ingenieure
10 October 2018
Opening of the Frankfurt PavilionFederal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier will attend the 70th Frankfurter Buchmesse (10 - 14 October): In a festive ceremony, he will open the Frankfurt Pavilion, the new, iconic event venue at the book fair.
4 October 2018
"Trophées Eiffel 2018": Award for the project Quai de la Moselle, Salle de SportThe Bollinger + Grohmann Paris office in collaboration with Bureaux faceB has won the ‘Trophees Eiffel 2018’ for the sports hall Quai de la Moselle in Calais in the DIVERTIR category. The prize is awarded to buildings built entirely or partially in steel and are located in France.
Image copyright: Maxime Delvaux
Best of the Best: Deutsche Bank Campus awarded with the ICONIC AWARDWe are happy about the "Best of the Best" award from the international design awards for the new Deutsche Bank Campus building in Frankfurt, which KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten received in the »Architecture« category.
Bollinger und Grohmann have implemented the design of the new building for the structural and façade engineering.
The transparent new building forms an ensemble together with an office building, also by KSP in cooperation with B+G which was completed in 2003.
28 September 2018
Sculpture "Die Große Illusion"Short movie clip in yesterday's edition of the daily news show Hessenschau on the nine-meter-long and 1.8-ton temporary exterior sculpture "The Great Illusion" by the artist duo Winter / Hoerbelt at the Frankfurter Kunstverein in the Old Town.
Won: Competition "WOHNENPLUS NKL 16" IN DÜSSELDORFfor the architects Lengfeld & Wilisch for the new development of the Niederkasseler Lohweg 16 in Düsseldorf. Bollinger + Grohmann Frankfurt was involved in the area of building physis to support the architects on the topics of sound immission protection and sound insulation against external noise for the design of the building with commercial, office and residential use.
7 September 2018
Feasibility study: Modernization of OBOS headquartersTogether with Kristin Jarmund Arkitekter, we have the pleasure to work with OBOS, one of the largest residential builders in Norway. OBOS wishes to modernize their headquarters, a 1960s building complex located in the heart of Oslo.
6 September 2018
Competition won: MedUni Campus ViennaCongratulations to the team of Delugan Meissl Associated Architects & Architektur Consult who won the two-stage competition. Bollinger + Grohmann Vienna worked on the structural design.
ESO Supernova in Garching - in detail structure 03/18The latest edition of detail structure presents the special formwork of the geometrically highly complex new planetarium and visitor center near Munich. As part of an interdisciplinary team, Bollinger + Grohmann were responsible for the development and calculation of the load-bearing structure of the solid construction.
31 August 2018
Competition won: «tødd life» NotoddenDyrvik Arkitekter AS, SLA Landskabsarkitekter and Bollinger + Grohmann Ingenieure have won a two-part competition to build an old people's home and a residential complex on the site of a former steelworks.
Construction site launch "Morland mixité capitale" in Parisderived from the "Réinventer Paris" competition for innovative urban projects at 23 sites in Paris. Its completion is scheduled for the first semester 2021.
Architect: David Chipperfield architects
Bollinger + Grohmann Paris is in charge of the façade engineering and structural design consultancy for the development of reinforced concrete arch structures.
30 August 2018
La Vrillette“La Vrillette” is the winner of the inter-student competition organized within the course "Sculpture tectonique" taught at ENSA-Paris-La-Villette.
27 August 2018
Inauguration of MHK CampusThe 112 m long building is characterized by a spectacular, 32 m long cantilever. It forms the canopy for the entrance area of the building. The cantilever is realized by two four-storey steel trusses, which are connected back to the solid part of the building.
Bollinger + Grohmann was in charge of the structural design.
23 July 2018
AEC Hackathon Berlin: first prize for the best Dynamo ProjectAfter three exciting days in Berlin, the AEC Hackathon is over. It was a pleasure for the team of B+G to meet so many enthusiastic and interesting developers, architects and engineers.
Furthermore, we are very honoured to have won the first prize for the best Dynamo Project. The task of our team was to develop an algorithm to clean up analytical models in Revit for future projects. First it will be used for a big high-rise project in Frankfurt, which is currently in the design phase.
21 June 2018
Won: competition Castle Clemenswerth and Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-MuseumWe are pleased to announce that the team of architects STUDIOBORNHEIM won together with hutterreimann Landschaftsarchitekten from Berlin in collaboration with Bollinger + Grohmann the 1st prize in the competition for the new vistor's centre in the Castle Clemenswerth in Sögel, Germany.
18 June 2018
Deutscher Ingenieurbaupreis 2018: recognitionfor the project "Kraftwerk Lausward":
We are very happy about the decision of the jury to award the Lausward Power Plant with a recognition. The project is a collaboration with kadawittfeldarchitektur from Aachen and has already received several awards.
23 May 2018
Biskop Gunnerus Gate 14B ComplexThe Biskop Gunnerus Gate 14B Complex near Oslo Central Station with C.F.Møller, Kristin Jarmund and Rodeo Architects is featured in today's CTBUH (Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat) Global News - a source for worldwide news on tall buildings and urban development.
Bollinger+Grohmann in Oslo was in charge of the feasibility study.
08 May 2018
Award for the Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Center at Al AinWe are happy to announce that we’ve been awarded with the "Austrian Green Planet Building Award" for our contribution as structural engineers of one of the most energy efficient buildings in the Gulf region, the Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Center in Al Ain, UAE.