The design is differentiated between an above-ground part with mostly irregular geometry (shaped sky) and an underground part constituting a regular grid. The building has 5 basement levels, housing parking-, service- and MEP-areas and 14 above-ground levels providing the exhibition-, office-, educational-, and recreational spaces.
The support for the shaped sky is a combination of four concrete cores (one main, three smaller) and six steel column clusters. The concrete cores are approximately rectangular shape in floor plan and elevations. Additional steel columns are spatially clustered to six areas, with their quantity, size and position computationally optimized.
A severe complex load-bearing behaviour and numerous architectural constraints for in-placement of columns require advanced algorithmic optimization technology for achieving structural efficiency.
The whole shaped sky is 160 m long, and 75 m on its widest end and on the other end 30 m. A big cantilever spans 25 m over the last column cluster. The average height above-ground is 20 m with a 50 m high big tower.
One of the project’s most prominent features is the 13 m high exhibition glass façade with the demand to provide maximum transparency and visual quality. Large 3 m high by 2.4 m wide insulated glazing units with staggered horizontal joints are connected over two sides through a structural silicon joint to vertical steel-glass fins without any secondary framing at the horizontal joints. The vertical fins are hung from the roof structure with the slim steel elements transferring the façade dead load and the 4-ply laminated glass is used for bracing against lateral wind loads. A similar façade support system is utilised for three large glazed atriums, which bring daylight into the interior of the exhibition spaces. In order to optimise the design of the atriums, the structure of these geometrically complex volumes was analysed three dimensionally.
The vertical, partially sloped steel-glass fins stand on the ground with additional horizontal steel framing elements within the horizontal joints for lateral stability.
The façade of the 50 m high office tower is a unitised curtain wall façade. The entire roof structure is cladded in wavelike metal sheets, realising a distinctive worldwide corporate design appearance for Hyundai Motors designed by the architect.
Hyundai Motor Company, Seoul, South Korea
Delugan Meissl Associated Architects, Vienna, Austria
Competition: 1st Prize (2011)
GFA: 63,860 m² | Total site: 16,719 m² | Surface area metal façade: 13,000 m² | Surface area glazed façade: 8,400 m² | Height: 49.4 m | Level: 14Service:
Structural engineering, Façade engineering
18 October 2018, 10.15 am
Workflows - BIM als Paradigmenwechsel in der TragwerksplanungAt this year's Autodesk University in Darmstadt, Torsten Künzler and Alexander Hofbeck will give a presentation about the BIM Development of Bollinger+Grohmann and our office philosophy as part of the series of lectures on the theme "Experience the Future of Making Things".
26 September 2018
Lecture: Bauen mit Brettsperrholz - konstruktive und wirtschaftliche AspekteAchim Vogelsberg is co-host of this year's specialist congress "Holzbau in Hessen". Our colleague Andreas Rutschmann gives a lecture about the planning and construction with cross-laminated timber.
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.
Bollinger + Grohmann supported the steel construction company with expert advise and developed a concept for positioning the façade sculpture with load transfer points for load transfer into the existing supporting structure.
Won: Competition "WOHNENPLUS NKL 16" IN DÜSSELDORFfor 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 headquartersTogether with Kristin Jarmund Arkitekter, we had 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. Together with Kristin Jarmund Arkitekter, we will look at the possibilities of modernization within a feasibility study.
6 September 2018
Competition won: MedUni Campus ViennaCongratulations to the team of Delugan Meissl Associated Architects & Architektur Consult who won the two-stage competition. Bollinger + Grohmann Vienna worked on the structural design.
ESO Supernova in Garching - in detail structure 03/18The 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» NotoddenDyrvik 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.
27 August 2018
Inauguration of MHK CampusThe 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.
3rd prize: Museum of the Revolution of Dignity in Kievfor LINA GHOTMEH — ARCHITECTURE, Paris, in collaboration with B+G Paris. The concept was among the finalists of a three-stage international competition.
Bollinger + Grohmann Paris worked on the structural design.
23 July 2018
AEC Hackathon Berlin: first prize for the best Dynamo ProjectAfter 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.
Active Energy Building, Vaduz in in "DBZ" 07-08/18The current issue of the "DBZ" entitled "Structures" presents the architecture and structure of the special multifamily building in Vaduz. The use of materials and energy could be reduced to a minimum.
Being part of an interdisciplinary team, Bollinger + Grohmann was in charge of the development and calculation of the structure.
28 June 2018
Competition won: train station AltonaCongratulations to C.F. Möller who won the competition "train station Altona in Hamburg". B+G Oslo supported the architects with regard to the structural engineering, façade design and sustainability.
17 July 2018
Lecture: The ESO Supernova - State-of-the-Art planning and constructionIn the course of the information event of the Bavarian Chamber of Civil Engineers, Axel Müller (Bernhardt+Partner) and Alexander Hofbeck (B+G) will talk about the parametric planning and building of the geometrically highly complex solid construction of the ESO Supernova.
IASS 2018 Video Contest!: HiLoThis year, the IASS Symposium is hosting a video competition for accepted papers, offering a new way for participants and the public to engage with the work. Videos will be streamed throughout the conference and voted on by participants and public.
4 July 2018
FIABCI World Prix d'Excellence Awards: SilverAfter winning Gold at the FIABCI Prix d'Excellence Germany (17.11.2017), the residential building Axis now also won Silver at the FIABCI World Prix d'Excellence Awards.
The well-known FIABCI Awards, according to the Wall Street Journal, the "Oscars of the Global Real Estate Industry", awards prizes in 14 categories each year. Axis, awarded in the category "Residential (High Rise)", is the only German project among the winners.
21 June 2018
Won: competition Castle Clemenswerth and Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-MuseumWe 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.
Power plant Lausward in "Bautechnik"After just being awarded with the regognition of the Deutscher Ingenieurbaupreis 2018, the building is also presented in detail in this month's issue of the technical magazine Bautechnik (Ernst & Sohn).
18 June 2018
Deutscher Ingenieurbaupreis 2018: recognitionfor 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.
29 June 2018
3rd prize in the competition for the "Zentrum für Philologie und Digitalität (ZPD), University of WürzburgBruno Fioretti Marquez Architekten, Berlin, won the third prize together with Bollinger + Grohmann in the realization competition for the new "Zentrum für Philologie und Digitalität (ZPD)" of the University of Würzburg.
19 June 2018
ArcelorMittal launches Steligence®ArcelorMittal has introduced a new concept for the use of steel in construction, which will facilitate the next generation of high performance buildings and construction techniques and create a more sustainable life-cycle for buildings.
On the occasion of the opening ceremony of Steligence® in London on 19 June, Manfred Grohmann was invited to speak about the new Arcelor headquarters in Luxembourg (architect: Wilmotte et Associés), for which our office is responsible for the structural engineering.
Won: bridge competition in Liègefor the team of the architects from AgwA and B+G in the architecture competition for a 100 m long footbridge, with a central span of 25m over a railroad, near Liège in Belgium. B+G were responsible for the structural engineering.
4 June 2018
VILIAPRINT: 3D-printed housing in ReimsBollinger + Grohmann Ingénierie is happy to be part of the team for this visionary project in collaboration with XtreeE, Christian Pottgiesser from architecturespossibles, l’entreprise de travaux Demathieu Bard Construction as well as the Ecole Nationale des Ponts ParisTech et la Fédération Française du Bâtiment (Marne et Grand-Est).
4 June 2018
Groundbreaking ceremony for the EU Commission: Bâtiment Jean Monnet IIThe construction of the new building complex includes two construction phases. First, the 180-meter-long 7-storey main building will be built. In the second phase, the 90 meter high office tower is to be built. Both buildings should be completed by the beginning of 2024. The Bâtiment Jean Monnet II was designed by KSP - Jürgen Engel Architekten. Bollinger + Grohmann are responsible for the structural and façade engineering.
2 June 2018, 4.30 pm
Opening of the new entrance area for the Musée de la Cour d'OrThe new entrance area of the Musée de la Cour d'Or in Metz is intended to radically change the perception and image of the museum. The visitor enters the museum through the old Chapelle des Petits-Carmes. This remarkable historic site was built in 1675 and once housed a monastery community and later the old city library.
Bollinger+Grohmann was in charge of the structural design.
23 May 2018
Biskop Gunnerus Gate 14B ComplexThe 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.
2 May 2018
Frankfurt Pavilion: The new landmark of the Frankfurt Book-FairA self-supporting wooden structure, 6.5 metres tall, with a translucent membrane on 500 square metres – presenting the Frankfurt Pavilion, the new emblem of the Frankfurt Book-Fair (10-14 October 2018). Designed and built by the renowned architects of schneider+schumacher, this iconic structure will make its debut at the 70th Book Fair and will host events with authors and industry experts from around the world.
9 May 2018
Merck Campus on baunetz.deThe recently completed Innovation Centre in Darmstadt is presented in detail on baunetz.de.
Bollinger und Grohmann was in charge of the structural design.
08 May 2018
Award for the Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Center at Al AinWe 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.
28 April 2018
Opening of ESO SupernovaThe cutting-edge astronomy centre, hosting the largest titled planetarium in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, will open its doors to the public on the 28th of April. The centre is a public educational facility with an interactive exhibition that will engage the visitors to discover and understand the universe around us. Bollinger + Grohmann was in charge of the structural engineering.
13 April 2018
Bollinger + Grohmann Ingenieure now also in StuttgartBollinger + Grohmann Ingenieure is since this week also located with a branch in Stuttgart besides the offices in Frankfurt, Berlin, Munich, Vienna, Rome, Paris, Oslo and Melbourne.
The current company EFA Ingenieure GmbH (formerly RFR Stuttgart) joins us with all employees, their know-how and current projects as a new branch.
29 March 2018
ACSE Annual Excellence in Structural Engineering NSW awards 2018In the ‘Unusual Projects’ category, the decision was unanimous to award ‘Interloop’, a sculptural installation by artist Chris Fox that hangs from Wynyard Station ceiling in Sydney.
21 March 2018
Excellent examples of the architecture in Hessen 2018Two projects at the same time awarded with the "Simon-Louis-du-Ry-Plakette" were built in collaboration of Bollinger + Grohmann Ingenieure:
Atelier Balkenhol, Kassel , Germany (Punkt4 Architekten BDA, Kassel)
Grimmwelt, Kassel, Germany (kadawittfeldarchitektur, Aachen)
16 March 2018
Grand Prix Afex 2018 : the finalists have been chosenAmong the 10 finalists is also the crematorium on the grounds of the Hörnli cemetery in Basel, Switzerland. The project in collaboration with Frédéric Guarrigues (Paris) and Bernhard Maurer (Zurich). Bollinger + Grohmann engineers were responsible for the structural design.
The award winners will be announced during the Architecture Biennale in Venice (26.05 - 25.11.2018).
8 march 2018
Merck Campus - Innovation Centre in Darmstadt: CompletionOn Thursday, March 8, just in time for Merck's 350th birthday, the project was completed. The official inauguration will follow in May.
2 February 2018
Competition for the Archive of the Avantgarde in DresdenFirst Prize in the International Architectural Competition for the Archive of the Avantgarde of the Dresden State Art Collections for Nieto Sobejano Architectos (Madrid, Berlin). Bollinger + Grohmann gave expert advice.
23 January 2018
1st prize in the high-rise competition "Nordic Light" in OsloBollinger + Grohmann Engineers have come in a unique position to contribute construction and environmental solutions in the further development of Oslo S, which will become Norway's most important and best-selling collective hub.
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.
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).