The new building for the European Central Bank is located on the site of the listed Großmarkthalle in the East of Frankfurt.
The striking 180 m high double towers are unified to an entity by a full height glass atrium. The listed market hall ”Großmarkthalle” experienced a restoration process as part of its integration within the construction of the new ECB towers. The impressive 220 m long and 52 m wide brick building from Martin Elsaesser houses the lobby, conference rooms and the press centre. A "clamp" cuts the roof zone diagonally in order to define the new main entrance in the North and provides a transfer to the tower in the South.
The load-bearing exterior walls of the double towers transfer the vertical loads into the raft-pile foundation. The concrete cores provide lateral stability to the individual towers and resist the horizontal forces from the partially tilted façades. The numerous ramps, bridges and slabs connecting both towers create an entirely effective structural system.
The two solid towers of the double highrise are structurally linked via large steel struts and reinforced concrete slabs across the 20m wide atrium space. The atrium façades on the East- and West side span between the two towers and create a glass surface connecting to the glazed roof. The East façade is approximately 42 m wide at its base and 21 m at the top. Due to the twisted geometry of the towers, a part of the East façade is inclined. The West façade spans approximately 23.5 m at its top and bottom.
The free-standing steel structure of the atrium façades is designed as a fully welded grid, which is fixed horizontally and vertically sliding at the towers. Via a kink within the two façades horizontal, differential movement of the two towers can be accommodated. The self weight of the whole façade is transferred to the groundfloor slab and a downstand beam below. In addition, windpins, which are connected to the towers, prevent excessive deformations of the façades in case of wind load.
ECB European Central Bank, Frankfurt, Germany
Coop Himmelb(l)au, Vienna, Austria
Competition:First prize (2003)
GFA: 184,000 m² | Gross volume: 766,000 m³ | Height North tower: 185 m | Height South tower: 165 m | Height incl. communication mast: 220 m | parking spaces: 650Service:
Design of the atrium façades
DAM Preis für Architektur 2015: Die 22 besten Bauten in/aus Deutschland 2015, Recognition
Deutscher Ingenieurbaupreis 2016, Recognition
Best Tall Building Europe 2016, Finalist
Preis des Deutschen Stahlbaues 2016, Recognition
Architektur und Tragwerk in symbiotischer Beziehung - Der Neubau der Europäischen Zentralbank in Frankfurt
K. Bollinger, C. Brensing, M. Grohmann, M. Stracke, in: Ingenieurbaukunst 2016, Ernst & Sohn, Berlin, 2015
Aufstrebendes Fachwerk: Europäische Zentralebank, Frankfurt a. M., in: DBZ 11, 2013, S. 66 - 69
Europäische Zentralbank, Frankfurt, in: Ausgezeichneter Stahlbau 2016, hrsg. vom bauforumstahl, Callwey Verlag, S. 28-31, München, 2016
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
5 October 2017, 2 - 7 p.m.
OSD STATEMENTS01: ENGINEERING THE FUTUREOn October 5th 2017 the engineering office osd launchs in Frankfurt's DAM (Deutsches Architekturmueum) the "osd statements 01 - engineering the future". The first lecture in this series presents several positions from civil engineering with regard on future-oriented constructions, materials and assembly methods.
At 2.30 pm Manfred Grohmann gives the first lecture in this lecture series on the topic: "Future-oriented constructions"
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.
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.
25 - 28 September 2017
IASS 2017: InterfacesThe annual IASS (International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures) symposium will take place in Hamburg, Germany between September 25 - 28 2017. This year the theme of the symposium will be "INTERFACES: ARCHITECTURE . ENGINEERING . SCIENCE".
Applications are open for workshops (between September 20 - 24) lead by Clemens Preisinger and Moritz Heimrath - "Optimization of Statically Informed Grid-Shell Patterns", by Philipp Eisenbach - "Aggregated Structure: Approximating Topology Optimized Material Distribution with discrete building blocks".
Manfred Grohmann is Vice Chair of the organisation comittee and Bollinger+Grohmann acts a sponsor for the symposium.
23 September 2017, 2 pm
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
18 - 20 September 2017
Design Modelling Symposium Paris 2017This's years conference will be on the topic: "Humanizing digital reality"
Applications are open the pre-symposium workshops and Master Classes from 16 - 17 September.
The symposium will be organized with the assistance of Klaas de Rycke (ENSA Versailles / B+G Paris) and Christoph Gengnagel (UDK Berlin / B+G Berlin).
ENSA-V, Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Versailles, Paris
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.
Footbridge 2017 BerlinThe Paper "Intelligent Fabrication - Digital Bridges" was accepted for the Footbridge 2017 Berlin Conference.
Prepared by Klaas de Rycke, Louis Bergis, Ewa Jankowska-Kus, Dragos Naicu, Adam Orlinski and Matthew Tam.
Location: TU Berlin, Gebäude 13b, Hörsaal B, Germany
Date: 6. - 8.9.2017
06 - 20. September 2017
Exhibition: AD Intérieurs 2017 - The Pavilion Salle à MangerFor "AD Interiors 2017 exhibition"at the Monnaie de Paris, RDAI will present a timeless dining room space "The Pavilion Salle à Manger". This piece plays with simple geometric shapes and materials—wood, wicker, mirror, enamelled lava, wool and leather—to compose an elegant space.
The project has been created in partnership with:
Ambiance Lumière, Atelier Emmanuel Barrois, Bollinger + Grohmann, Carpet Sign, Coopérative Vannerie de Villaines, Groupe Pierredeplan, Hermès, Holzbau Amann, J. & L. Lobmeyr, K.H. Würtz, Laval, Manufacture de Digoin, Ph. A Concepteurs Lumière & Design, Puiforcat, Viabizzuno
27 August 2017
Darmstadt DatterichThis year once again, our team B+G Frankfurt participated at the 10 Freunde Triathlon in Darmstadt. Jointly with over 3000 participants, they finished the swim course of 380 m, the bike course of 18 km and the running track of 4,2 km.
New European headquarter of the MHK Group: progress on the construction siteMeanwhile, the installation of the translucent glass façade with its large-scaled second glass panes is almost finished.
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.
Ferris wheel in the "Spreepark", Berlin: Expert opinionThe ferris wheel in Berlin's Spreepark shall be recommissioned. Therefore an expert assessment by B+G with the participation of a metalworking company has been effected.
The client "Grün Berlin GmbH" has made a video documentation about the assessment by the experts of the ferris wheel and presents it on its website.
10 June - 1 October 2017
Sculpture Projects MünsterBollinger+Grohmann Paris supported Oscar Tuazon in designing "Burn the Formwork" for the Sculpture Projects Münster, a German festival held every ten years.
The exhibition is organized by the LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur and open to the public from the 10th of June until the 1st of October.
27 June 2017
Competition for Walkerhill Spa & Resort: 1st Prizefor the concept by Delugan Meissl Associated Architects with Bollinger + Grohmann. For this project located in Seoul, Korea, the spa features, among other things, the longest infinity pool in the world.
31 May 2017
Competition for the extension of the Kunsthochschule Kassel: 2nd prizewith Kuehn Malvezzi, Berlin, Germany. The 1st prize goes to Innauer Matt Architekten from Benzau (Austria), the 3rd prize to TRU Architekten Part mbB, Berlin, Germany.
The submitted concepts will shortly be exhibitet in Kassel, Germany.
15 June 2017
Inauguration of the Crematorium "Hörnli" in BaselThe new L-shaped crematorium is located on the premises of the Hörnli cemetery in Basel. It is characterized by the calm rhythm of the brickwork compounds.
13 April - 15 October 2017
IGA Berlin 2017: Inside the FlowerBetween 13 April and 15 October 2017, the IGA Berlin 2017 is inviting to a festival of the most beautiful international garden design and green urban life culture under the motto "an ocean of colours".
In the "Horizons" area is located, among others, the pavilion "Inside the Flower" by the artist Janet Laurence. The project was implemented in cooperation with LAVA and Cityplot, Bollinger + Grohmann gave advice for static issues.
Opening of HYUNDAI Motorstudio Goyang in SeoulIn Seoul, Hyundai's largest adventure centre just opened. On a total of 14 levels are located the new exhibition-, office-, educational- and recreational spaces. The building has also 5 basement levels, housing parking-, service areas. Delugan Meissl Associated Architects from Vienna were responsible for the design and execution, Bollinger + Grohmann were charged with the structural and façade design in this project.
20 May - 20 September 2017
A "Paradiesgarten" for LutherThe contribution "Paradiesgarten" by students of the UdK Berlin within the framework of a students competition was awarded the first prize. The walk-in installation will be shown until September 20th in the "Stadtpark Wittenberg" opposite the meadow of the castle.
Bollinger + Grohmann provided the students during planning and implementation.
Art Biennale in Venice 2017The Austrian Pavilion presents in the course of the 57th Biennale again artistic installations. Bollinger + Grohmann gave expert advice to the artist Erwin Wurm for his Performance One Minute Sculpture "Stand quiet and look out over the Mediterranean Sea" as contribution for the Austrian Pavilion and acted as sponsor.
The Biennale runs from 17 May until 26 November 2017.