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Deutsches Archäologisches Institut (DAI)

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City, Country Rome, Italy
Year 2016–2022
Client Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning
Architect Insula Architettura e Ingegneria, Wenzel + Wenzel
Services Structural Engineering
Building Physics
Facts GFA: 8,200 m² | Gross volume: 28,000 m³

The Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning planned the complete renovation of the German Archaeological Institute in Rome including seismic, energy, acoustical, and fire safety retrofitting. The entire building was modernized according to the latest technical standards and the current state of art. Putting emphasis on sustainability, the original materials and also the design were preserved whenever possible.

The key challenge was the seismic retrofitting of the existing structure, and therefore appropriate detailed solutions were developed. The chosen strategy was, on the one hand, to keep the given stiffness with high periods of vibration, on the other hand, to increase strength taking into account the capacity of the existing structures. Comprehensive on-site inspections ensured all information about the mechanical properties and details of the existing reinforced concrete structure. Constant monitoring ensured the quality of the execution planning.

Bollinger+Grohmann were responsible for the building physics up to the design phase. Hereby we developed tailored solutions for the building and room acoustics, as well as for the thermal insulation and humidity control of the existing facilities.

Structural Engineering
Building Physics
Building Retrofit
Seismic Retrofit
Planning
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Construction
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Completion
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