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3D modeling

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.

Well-informed geometry

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.

Structural optimization

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.

18 December 2018

2nd prize : Passerelle vers le Mudam, Luxembourg

The 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 ceremony

The 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 19

The 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 online

A 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, Hamburg

On 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.

November 2018

Brand-new: Ingenieurbaukunst 2019

The 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.

October 2018

Exhibition at Fondation Cartier

which 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)

October 2018

«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 Grohmann

We 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 Cities

Through 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.

October 2018

First prize: “Equipment Sportif Saint Sauveur” in Lille

The 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 completed

The 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 Pavilion

Federal 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 Sport

The 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 AWARD

We 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.

September 2018


for 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 headquarters

Together 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 Vienna

Congratulations to the team of Delugan Meissl Associated Architects & Architektur Consult who won the two-stage competition. Bollinger + Grohmann Vienna worked on the structural design.

August 2018

ESO Supernova in Garching - in detail structure 03/18

The 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» Notodden

Dyrvik 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.

August 2018

Construction site launch "Morland mixité capitale" in Paris

derived 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 Campus

The 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 Project

After 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-Museum

We 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: recognition

for 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 Complex

The 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 Ain

We 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.

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.