Long before the term BIM (Building Information Modeling) became modern, we have been planning three-dimensionally. For us 3D models are not only planning tools or aids for structural calculations, but we integrate planning and structural design into an integral process.
Whether free-form structures of steel and glass, timber and glass or multi-storey buildings made of reinforced concrete, we always strive to help our customers through the comprehensive modelling of the structure to implement their projects at best.
Geometry for us is never just a conglomeration of points, lines and surfaces in a Cartesian coordinate system, but always an informed basis with all relevant factors for an intelligent, efficient and appropriate implementation into the built environment. In this sense, we are not pure geometry experts, but experts for the development of complex structures, which can meet different requirements. This allows us not only to optimize the geometry of a free-form surface in terms of the planarity of the load- bearing and / or the façade elements, but also to integrate the structural and the façade design.
Thereby we can adjust our work optimally to the particular task and the specific design idea and develop customized holistic systems together with our planning partners. We are conceptual planners of complex geometries from the initial concept to completion, but at the same time we can contribute our decades of experience in the design and construction of complex structures and thus fertilize the design process.
The parametric structural modeling
In architecture parametric modeling is an increasingly important planning and design tool. Parametric models describe geometries and architecture not statically but dynamically, i.e. a model is defined by variable parameters, making it easy to modify the model.
With parametric structures we are able to react quickly to changes and to calculate and analyze many different variations in real time. It is important for us to communicate with architects in the same common design language and to be able to work closely together. Therefore we do not only use the tools but continue developing them ourselves.
Parametric structural models allow the creation of many different alternative solutions for a task in a split second. In conjunction with modern optimization methods and filter algorithms efficient and intelligent variants can be found that would not be possible in a traditional manual design process. Thereby the efficiency may not only be found in terms of structural characteristics but also in other functional and architectural disciplines. In a multi-objective optimization process for example, aspects of climate and façade design can simultaneously be considered (alongside) with the structure.
We can develop specifically adapted structures which require a minimum amount of material. Thus in collaboration with the architects efficient, intelligent structures evolve. Their creation process and the structures themselves do not only meet the current state of the art, but also support the architectural idea and develop it further.
Similar to coordinated 3D planning, Building Information Modeling is suitable for the geometric alignment of different planning disciplines by means of model analyses and collision control. In addition to the purely geometric information, additional information, so-called attributes, is attached to the individual elements and objects. In addition to collision control, the focus lies here primarily on improved communication in the project and on a coordinated model as the basis for tendering, construction and operation.
The long-time processing of complex building tasks using computer-assisted, parametric tools has long been anchored in the office structure of Bollinger + Grohmann in various project teams and locations.In order to meet the requirements of the market for a BIM process ordered by the client, Bollinger + Grohmann has adapted its office structure accordingly with the start of the BIM implementation as central planning process. The focus of the team goes beyond the processing of complex geometries and operates across all the locations.
One of the core competencies of the new group is process moderation. At the beginning of a project, this superordinate team defines the internal and external project requirements into an appropriate workflow in cooperation with the planning team. In addition, it is now standard to implement a data manager below the project management level. This data manager deals exclusively with the control and administration of the internal and external data records. The central function of this workflow described above is to initiate an integral, transparent, adaptable and evaluable internal planning process for each project.
We can deal with both open and closed BIM processes and provide the ideal software for almost every requirement and scope of work. Several applications can be provided for model checking.
17 January 2018, 7pm
Fusion⁹ - The Norwegian WayLecture by Michael Lommertz (B+G Oslo) in the course of the public lecture series called Fusion with positions of architecture, urban and landscape planning of the Faculty of Architecture, Urban Planning, Landscape Planning at the University of Kassel.
Title: Sustainability under the midnight sun
Location: ASL 1, Universitätsplatz 9, Kassel | Room 0105
7 December 2017
1st prize in the competition Fornebufor the team of Bollinger + Grohmann, Oslo, Dyrvik Arkitekter, Oslo, Transborder Studio, Oslo and SLA, Oslo for the redesign of a part of the former airport on the peninsula Oslo-Fornebu.
The competition contribution "Fornebuhagen" provides for the arrangement of loose perimeter block development of different heights around a communally used and managed garden.
11th December 2017, 11.15 pm
Architektur muss brennen!Documentary film marks Wolf D. Prix's 75th Birthday.
The film illustrates COOP HIMMELB(L)AU’s philosophy and specific method of designing which led to important large scale international projects such as the BMW Welt in Munich, the European Central Bank (ECB) in Frankfurt/M., the Musée des Confluences in Lyon, as well as the Museum of Contemporary Art & Planning Exhibition (MOCAPE) in Shenzhen.
On air: Monday, 11.12.2017 at 23:15 at ORF2 Kulturmontag
4 December 2017
"Interloop", Wynyard Station, SydneyA new 50-meter long sculpture by the Sydney artist and sculptor Chris Fox was officially opened to the public. It weighs more than 5 tonnes and is entirely fabricated out of marine grade aluminum. The sculpture incorporates 244 wooden treads and four combs from the station's original wooden escalators.
Bollinger + Grohmann is proud to be part of the team to make this fascinating project a reality.
28. November 2017
Topping out ceremony for the future Deichman Library in OsloThe new Deichman Library is situated next to the new Central-Railwaystation in Olso. This project is another important element for the redevelopment of the harbour- area around the new Opera.
Bollinger + Grohmann is in charge of the structural design for both projects.
Ingenieurbaukunst 2018The 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 ESO Supernova in Garching and the Provinciehuis in Antwerp.
Beispielhaftes Bauen im Main-Tauber-Kreis 2010 - 2017: Awardfor the extension of the gastronomy at the Castle Wertheim with punkt 4 architekten, Kassel, Germany.
Bollinger + Grohmann were in charge of the structural design and buildings physics.
7 November 2017
ne-xt facades conferenceConference movie on the "ne-xt facades conference 2017" in the Pinakothek der Moderne – Architekturmuseum – TUM Department of Architecture, Munich, Germany
Holzbaupreis Steiermark 2017: MIBA Forum LaakirchenWe are happy to receive the ”Holzbaupreis Steiermark 2017“ in the category "wood construction without borders“ for the concept of Delugan Meissl Associated Architects where Bollinger + Grohmann made the structural engineering.
10 November 2017
New publication in DETAIL publishing house: Visionäre und AlltagsheldenAccompanying the exhibition "Visionäre und Alltagshelden" at the OVMF in Munich, a publication with the same name has been published by DETAIL publishing house.
In addition to a historical overview of the development and importance of the profession of engineers and the presentation of current impulse-giving projects,in a third part, several essays supplement various developments and innovations in the construction industry.
Christoph Gengnagel (B+G and UdK Berlin) supported the book with a contribution on the topic "Structural Design and Formfinding Processes".
10 November 2017 - 14 January 2018
Exhibition: Visionäre und AlltagsheldenCivil engineers play the leading role in the exhibition entitled "Visionäre und Alltagshelden. Ingenieure – Bauen – Zukunft" (Visionaries and Everyday Heroes. Engineers – Build – Future). The exhibition outlines the historical development of the profession, building a bridge to the present and giving an outlook on the future. Protagonists and milestone projects - among them the Rolex Learning Center in Lausanne (Architects: SANAA, Tokyo; Structural engineers: Bollinger + Grohmann), traditional building projects and innovations document the social, cultural and technological relevance of civil engineering.
The Oskar von Miller Forum in Munich presents the exhibition in cooperation with the M:AI Museum für Architektur und Ingenieurkunst North Rhine-Westphalia.
6 November 2017
New address Bollinger + Grohmann IngénierieFrom 6th November Bollinger + Grohmann Ingénierie has a new address: 15 rue Eugène Varlin, 75010 Paris.
All other contact details like phone, fax, email and web remain unchanged.
23 September 2017 - 25 March 3018
Opening: Up into the UnknownPeter Cook, Colin Fournier and the Kunsthaus
The exhibition "Up into the Unknown" traces the creation of the Kunsthaus Graz, exploring thereby the relationship between visionary ideas and their realisation.
With works by Archigram, Bollinger + Grohmann, Peter Cook, Colin Fournier, Jessica Hausner, Niels Jonkhans, Mischa Kuball, Vera Lutter, Anna Meyer, realities:united, Isa Rosenberger, Gernot Stangl and Arthur Zalewski
Length of the exhibition: 23/09/2017 - 25/03/2018
23 October 2017
"Inventons la Métropole du Grand Paris": B+G among the winning teams twiceWe are proud to be part of two winning teams of the "Inventons la Métropole du Grand Paris" call for projects.
In Saint-Ouen, on the site of the flea market, with Novaxia, Engie, Wilmotte & Associés and Manifesto for the realization of a new 18000 m² cultural center.
In Paris, ZAC Paul-Bourget, with Financière Pichet, Atelier Kempe Thill, Atelier Dots Paysagistes, Toits Vivants for the creation of an exemplary building for the circular economy, focused on experimentation.
Mit Teamwork zum KACST HeadquarterArticle of Klaus Bollinger, Manfred Grohmann and Simon Ruppert about the Headquarter of the "King Abdullah City for Science and Technology" in the annual edition of the "Bauingenieur" 2017/2018.
Competition for the Heidelberg Convention Center: 2nd prizefor Nieto Sobejano Architectos, Berlin.
Bollinger + Grohmann gave expert advice .
The 1st prize goes to Degelo Architekten, Basel, two 3rd prizes to Bez+Kock Architekten and 4a Architekten from Stuttgart.
20 - 22 October 2017
Standard Architecture - From Durand to BIMLectures in the course of the symposium:
BIM—the engineer’s perspective (Manfred Grohmann)
21/10/2017, 5 pm
Standards and regulations in the design of innovative façades (Daniel Pfanner)
22/10/2017, 2:30 pm
Standardized thinking? (Manfred Grohmann)
The presentation will be followed by a discussion with ministerial director
22/10/2017, 6 pm
Location: Deutsches Architekturmuseum Frankfurt am Main
20 October 2017
Tragwerksgestaltung - Neue Entwurfsprozesse im konstruktiven EntwurfLecture by Christoph Gengnagel (Bollinger + Grohmann, Institut für Architektur und Städtebau, University of the Arts Berlin) on the occasion of the 21st Dresden seminar on structural analysis "Reality - Modeling - Structural Design".
Location: World Trade Center Dresden
Time: 10:15 - 10:45 am
Opening of the Lab City CentraleSupélecThe project of the Ecole Centrale-Supélec in Paris was completed just in time for the beginning of the semester 2017-2018.
Bollinger + Grohmann was in charge of the structural and façade design.
FOUR, FrankfurtFrankfurt'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 orbitThe 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.
15 September 2017
Opening of the installation "Fountain" in St. Pölten, AustriaA permanent light sculpture by the artist Brigitte Kowanz will present the former water tower on the premises of Glanzstoff, St. Pölten, in a particularly atmospheric way.
Bollinger + Grohmann were in charge with the structural design in this project.
15 September 2017
New adress of our Berlin branchFrom the 18th of September you will find our office at the following adress:
Alt-Moabit 103 / 2.OG
11 September 2017
Topping out ceremony for the future Allianz Campus in Berlin AdlershofOn 11 September, one year after the foundation stone was laid, a topping out ceremony was held at the future headquarters of the Allianz in Berlin. CORPUS SIREO Real Estate and their partner FOM Real Estate are projected to offer a total of 50,000 m² renatl office spaces, spread over three buildings desgined by schneider+schumacher. The completion is expected by April 2019.
B+G is in charge of the structural design.