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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.

24 July 2019

ESO Supernova: Wie plant man ein astronomisches Ereignis?

Lecture of Alexander Hofbeck (B+G) und Axel Müller (Bernhardt+Partner Architekten) at the annual summer party of the Association of Bavarian Construction Trade in Munich.

4 July 2019

1st prize for "Kurfürstenstraße, Berlin"

Congratulations to the team of Barkow Leibinger who won the competition about the "Wohn- und Bürokomplex Kurfürstenstrasse" in Berlin. B+G gave technical advice.

© Image: Barkow Leibinger

4 July 2019

2nd prize for "Heinrich-Hoffmann-Grundschule, Darmstadt"

We are very happy about the 2nd prize, which Dietrich Untertrifaller Architekten received for the design of the "Heinrich-Hoffmann-Grundschule" in Darmstadt. B+G gave technical advice.

@ Image: Dietrich Untertrifaller Architekten

29 - 30 June 2019

Tag der Architektur 2019

"Räume prägen" - this is the motto of this year's nationwide Architecture Day. Of a total of 76 selected examples in Hesse, three structures are also open to the public, and B+G was involved in their realisation with structural and/or façade engineering:

Kornmarkt-Arkaden, Frankfurt
Residential and office building Berger-/ corner Höhenstraße, Frankfurt
Headquarters Europe Musterhausküchen, Dreieich

09 June 2019

Installation of the timber construction modules

After the Marie Curie School, the August Gräser School in Frankfurt is currently being extended by a modular timber construction. The installation and assembly of the 12 modules only takes two days. The new premises should be ready for occupancy by August. B+G was responsible for the structural design as well as for the building physics.

19 June 2019

1st prize with Nieto Sobejano Architectos

We are happy about one of two 1st prizes within the competition of the new event hall and hotel with underground parking in the Kaiserpfalzquartier in Goslar. B+G gave technical advice. Auer Weber won a further 1st prize.

© Visualization: Nieto Sobejano Architectos

12 June 2019

Sykehusområde på Bragernes, Drammen

Together with Powerhouse Company and Skajaa arkitektkontor, B+G Oslo worked besides three other teams in the bidding process (Parallelloppdrag) for the conversion of the former hospital site in Drammen.

06 June 2019

Project Winner

We are very happy to announce that our project “Gradient” is the winner of the international engineering, architectural, landscaping and integrated art competition held by the City of Nyon related to the development of Greater Geneva.

May 2019

MOCAPE - "Steel Construction" Volume 12, 2019

The May issue of the magazine „Steel Construction“ features an article about the MOCAPE Museum in Shenzhen written by B+G.
The project even made it onto the cover!

27 May 2019

First prize for "Bildungscampus " in Pforzheim

Bruno Fioretti Marquez (BFM) won the competition for the "Bildungscampus" Pforzheim.
B+G supported the architects with the development of a 4- and 3-floor timber construction for two school buildings, a canteen and sports hall and the concept for the further development of three existing buildings.

22 May 2019

C40 Reinventing Cities: Winning project 'The Urban Village'

Teaming up within "The Urban Village Team" with LPO Architects / SLA, Bollinger + Grohmann won within the C40 Reinventing Cities competition. The site is located in the northeast of Oslo and aims to drive carbon neutral and resilient urban regeneration focusing on social, environmental and economic sustainability. Bollinger + Grohmann is involved as an environmental expert and for the structural design.

Image: ©The Urban Village Team

3 May - 1 June 2019

Opening of the PLAY! exhibition in Paris

The exhibition is entirely dedicated to the project Quai de la Moselle sports center in Calais, France designed by Bureau faceB. Bollinger + Grohmann is responsible for the structural engineering.

Venue: Gallery ArchiLib, 49 boulevard de la Vilette, 75010 Paris.

14 May 2019

"Miljøvennlig materialbruk"

Within the course of the Norwegian Architects Association (NAL) course for architects and other planners, Michael Lommertz (B+G Oslo) will give two lectures, one on the sustainable choice of materials and the other on recycling in the building industry.

9 May 2019, 10.25 am

Lecture at the Share Belgrade: "Timber in China"

Arne Hofmann's lecture "Timber in China" evolves around new modelling tools and manufacturing methods to work with wood. A combination of traditional Chinese construction principles and experimental free-form structures not only contributes to new ways of planning and working with wood, but with new possibilities to more sustainable and durable buildings.

7 May 2019

Winner MKNO: C40 - Reinventing Cities

Together with Coldefy & Associates, Triptyque Architecture, SO-IL and as part of the team MKNO, Bollinger + Grohmann have been selected winners of the International Competition MBK in Bobigny - within the C40 Reinventing Cities to drive carbon neutral and resilient urban regeneration.

Bollinger + Grohmann is responsible for structural and façade engineering.

Image credit: © ArtefactoryLab / NODI

4 May - 13 July 2019

Biennale d’architecture et de paysage, Versailles

The first Biennale of Architecture and landscaping hosts six exhibitions with the participation of French and international architects and landscapers in exceptional venues and focuses on the main theme “L’homme, la nature et la ville (Man, nature and the city)” and is open to the public.
Bollinger + Grohmann has worked on the structural design and has provided technical advice for several installations.

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09 April 2019

Topping out ceremony of the K1 in Jena

The 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.

March / April 2019

New publications by B + G

In 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 Bahnhof

The 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 Instagram

With 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 2018

Stadtwerke Düsseldorf and B+G donate the prize money.

1 March 2019

Competition "Hafenpark Quartier Frankfurt": 1st prize

First 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.

28 February 2019

The Frankfurt Pavilion wins the IDA Award

in 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 ceremony

Yesterday 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 D

The 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 exhibition

The « 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

February 2019

JKU Campus - TNF Tower

The 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 2018

The 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: Opening

The 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.

November 2018

ECSN-Award: 2nd prize for Merck Campus in Darmstadt

We are very happy about the European Concrete Award 2018 for the Innovation Centre and Company Restaurant on the Merck campus in Darmstadt.

January 2019

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.