Within the Lize Financial Business District – a new business, residential and transport hub adjacent to Financial Road in southwest Beijing – Leeza Soho is located at the intersection of Lines 14 and 16 currently under-construction for the Beijing Subway rail network. Anchoring the new financial district, the 172,800 m² Leeza Soho design has evolved from its specific site conditions. Straddling the new subway tunnel that diagonally divides the site, the tower rises as a single volume divided into two halves on either side of the tunnel. A central atrium extends 190m through the full height of the building connecting both halves.
On its own, each of the two towers would twist and bend due to its cantilevers and asymmetric shape. The high-rise building consists of two overhanging parts, leaning against each other and building a symbiotic whole. The vertical loads are transferred by inclined columns related to the buildings overall shape and the walls of the two concrete cores. To allow the wide span and to save weight and costs, slabs are proposed as reinforced concrete composite slabs. Trapezoidal sheets are carried by steel beams and establish the formwork for the reinforced concrete. The overall form causes horizontal loads, these loads are carried through the slabs into the concrete walls of the cores. Horizontal loads are carried through the concrete cores into the ground. The vertical forces of the tower are carried via piles into the ground. The piles cause a minimized impact to the existing metro tunnel, as they embed below the tunnel into the ground.
Zaha Hadid Architects
Competition: 1st prize (2013)
GFA: 172,800 m² | Height (Atrium): 190 m | Height: 207 m | Level: 46Service:
During competition phase
Emporis Skyscraper Award 2020, 2nd place
Internationaler Hochhauspreis 2020, Finalist
18 November 2021, 7 pm
Book talk: INLEGNO. Cambiare prospettiva per costruire il futuroThe volume is the result of the research carried out by close cooperation between the architects from Park Associati and Bollinger+Grohmann on the wide potential of wood as a sustainable resource in present and future architecture.
Join tomorrow's book talk in the course of the Bookcity Milano 2021 at 7 pm at Park Hub via Garofalo 31 or join digitally. See link below.
The book will be released on 24 November 2021.
12 November 2021
Won: Structural Awards 2021We are thrilled to announce that the domes of Taiyuan Botanical Garden were selected winner of the Structural Awards 2021 in the category ‘Structural Artistry’!
The three timber gridshells are made out of overlapping beams braced with post-tensioned cables. Bollinger+Grohmann was responsible for the development of the structural concept design.
Kudos to our colleagues at StructureCraft for the further development and fantastic realisation of the structure and thanks to Delugan Meissl Associated Architects and the rest of the planning team for the outstanding cooperation.
11 November 2021
Digitaltour: ESO-SupernovaAlexander Hofbeck (B+G Munich) and Moritz Heimrath (B+G Vienna) will hold an online lecture on ESO Supernova. The observatory in the north of Munich was designed by Bernhardt+Partner Architekten and realised in close collaboration with Bollinger+Grohmann across three branches. The structural engineering and its parametric workflow will be the focus of this presentation from the beginning of the project until the end.
The lecture will take place on the 11th of November at 6 pm
In order to join this event, register through the link below.
October 29th, 2021
Radio Television Suisse : On a site of excellenceThe construction of the new production centre of Radio Télévision Suisse (RTS) in Lausanne is underway. It is located in a prestigious economic area.
The future headquarters is a set of four rectangular concrete buildings that are called the emergences, connected by a "bridge building" called the Champ, for which B+G is in charge of the structural design.
The complex is a feat of engineering because the Champ is a mixed steel-concrete structure with a very long range, suspended with a distance of more than 60m between the emergences and a 15m cantilever, all floating 8m above the ground.
The future RTS production site will open its doors in 2025.
©Air Production Suisse Romande
26 October 2021, 7 pm
On the Duty and the Power of ArchitectureKlaus Bollinger and the Berlin architect Volker Staab take part next Tuesday in the Architecture Section’s lecture series called “On the Duty and the Power of Architecture". Akademie der Künste members present their current projects and talk about the responsibility and influence of building culture.
22 October 2021
Munch Museum in Oslo opens its doorsThe new Munch Museum opened its doors last Friday in Oslo.
The 26,300 m² curved building has been realized by estudio Herreros architects. The museum gathers the largest worldwide collection of the Norwegian painter Edvard Munch, whose collection has been bequeathed when he died in 1944.
After the Deichman Library, this is the second project in the neighbourhood of the Opera House in the harbour of Oslo. This time, B+G Oslo was responsible for façade engineering.
Photo: Adrià Goula
October 15th, 2021
Laying of the foundation stone: ARENA JO 2024 Porte de la ChapelleTuesday 05th October, the foundation stone of the ARENA Porte de la Chapelle project in Paris, was laid in the presence of the Mayor, Anne Hidalgo, and the head of the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games organising committee, Tony Estanguet. The structure will house the badminton and rhythmic gymnastics events of the 2024 Olympic Games. This hall will be able to welcome 7,000 spectators.
Our team is responsible for both the structural and façade design. The structure in the gymnasium area is a combination of concrete and wood elements. The base consists of a steel curtain wall façade and wooden cladding.
The Arena is scheduled to open in 2023.
October 22nd, 2021
David Telerman - Objects Of Intention - McNeal020 - ArizonaAtelier David Telerman with Objects Of Intention have realised McNeal 020 in the desert valley of Cochise County (Arizona) as an inverted pyramid set into the earth, with stairs leading to an underground square space in the form of a "reinforced concrete box".
The lid of the box is connected to the surrounding landscape by four walkways of different lengths.
The ground plan of the pyramid is approximately 15 x 15 m and 3 m deep. The entire structure was made of in-situ concrete and stands on a strip foundation.
B+G (Paris) was responsible for the structural engineering.
You can find out more about the project during the Grand Prix AFEX 2021 exhibition, which will be held at the Palais Royal in Paris until January 02nd 2022 :
21 October 2021
Estrel Tower: start of construction in BerlinLocated at the edge of Berlin’s suburb Neukölln the 175 m tall Estrel Tower will become the new landmark and the tallest high-rise of the city.
Completion is scheduled for 2024.
The design comes from the internationally award-winning architectural firm Barkow Leibinger and Bollinger+Grohmann Berlin is in charge of structural and façade engineering as well as building physics.
Picture Credit ©Barkow Leibinger
Hotelimmobilie des Jahres 2021: Ruby LunaHotel Ruby Luna in Düsseldorf is "Hotelimmobilie des Jahres 2021". The Hotel project results from a revitalisation of the former Commerzbank high-rise in Kasernenstraße in Düsseldorf designed by Paul Schneider-Esleben in 1962. It is one of the most important office high-rise buildings of early German post-war modernism.
Bollinger+Grohmann was responsible for the structural and façade engineering.
October 18, 2021
NYON – Gradient - PasserelleStart of Construction in Nyon
After winning the launched competition for two 300-metre-long pedestrian bridges in Nyon together with Exploration architecture, the construction work for the bridge Nyon-Prangins has started.
The project is part of an environmental and social concept and thus serves to reduce mobility-related C02 emissions. The bridge is scheduled for completion in 2023.
©Explorations architecture, Bollinger+Grohmann, Marti-Baron et Xavier Veilhan, perspecteur « Luxigon »
12 October 2021
Parametric Engineering - From material performance to form optimizationSascha Bohnenberger, Managing Director of Bollinger+Grohmann Melbourne, speaks on the occasion of the lecture series on advanced technologies and optimisation in architecture and design.
Date: 12 October 2021
Time: 5:00 pm Sydney Time / 8:00 am CET
Join via Zoom for free below
October 12th, 2021
Bruther / Arc en rêveFrom Thursday, October 14th at 6.30 p.m, we will have the pleasure of discovering and rediscovering the fabulous work of the agency Bruther whose exhibition "Engine, action, form" traces the work of Stephanie Bru and Alexandre Thériot. It takes place in Bordeaux at arc en rêve center of architecture until February 20th, 2022.
Bollinger+Grohmann is collaborating with Bruther on the Frame project - media house - in Brussels and brings its expertise regarding the structural design.
Photo credit : Artefactorylab and Maxime Delvaux
4 - 7 October 2021
Steelweek+: "Metalle im Bau – Innovativ und zirkulär"After the successful "steelday 2018", the Swiss Centre for Steel Construction (SZS) is organising this year's "steelweek+" with four exciting sessions, which will be streamed live from a studio in Zurich between 12 and 1.30 p.m. each day.
Our colleague Daniel Pfanner will support the session "Ästhetisch & Nachhaltig" with his keynote speech "Fassaden - Schönheit versus Nachhaltigkeit?" (Façades - beauty versus sustainability?) and will then take part in a round of talks where questions from the participants will be recorded from the chat and discussed in the expert panel in the studio.
1 October 2021
wienwood21 Prize: Ilse Wallentin HausThis years wienwood prize was given to four outstanding timber buildings in Vienna and among the winners is the seminar centre Ilse Wallentin Haus at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU)! 78% of the four floored building is made out of wood, resulting in low CO2 emissions during the construction and operation.
Bollinger+Grohmann supported with structural engineering.
Photo: Hertha Hurnaus
September 28, 2021
B+G in the rankings of "Séquence Bois" for low-carbon constructionThis year, in addition to the ranking of architectural firms, the French magazine Séquences Bois also honours specialist planners who invest in low-carbon construction, especially with regard to the implementation of construction methods using materials such as wood, stone, clay, hemp, straw or recycled materials.
Bollinger+Grohmann is ranked 20th in the list of planning firms active in the field of low-carbon construction. In another list of the most productive planning offices in low-carbon construction, B+G ranks 8th!
September 21, 2021
Nominated for the Brussels Architecture Prize 2021For its first edition, the Brussels Architecture Prize jury nominated the TONDO footbridge into the "small intervention" category. It's for both its functional and structural qualities, as well as its shape this project was selected.
September 16, 2021
Wald City at ArtocèneDuring the contemporary art festival "Artocène 2021" in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, the office Wald.City installed its flexible housing unit "Proto-Habitat" at the city limits. The project combines low-carbon construction with sustainable living and consists of a wooden structure built on site that can be easily assembled, disassembled and extended. The basic module is 45 square metres and can accommodate one to three people and can be extended to a space of up to 120 square metres.
B+G provided technical support for the project in terms of construction.
7 September 2021
“Årets Bygg 2020”: Deichman BjørvikaThe five-storey Deichman Bjørvika library at Oslo’s waterfront was awarded “Årets Bygg 2020” (Building of the Year). Key factors in the jury's final decision were beside the outstanding architectural solutions by the architects from Atelier Oslo and Lundhagem as well as the sustainable production which reduced the CO2 emissions during construction by 40%.
Bollinger+Grohmann Oslo was responsible for the structural and façade engineering.
Photo: Photo: Einar Aslaksen / Pudder Agency
6 September 2021
Lecture: Building in the system in existing and new buildings - as a concept for sustainabilityChristoph Gengnagel, B+G Berlin gives a lecture as part of the online seminar of the "Bildungstage 2021 im IKzB" at the Information and Competence Centre for Future-Oriented Building (IKzB).
6 September 2021, 10.15 a.m., registration via the link below.
23 - 27 August 2021
IASS Annual Symposium and Spatial Structures Conference 2020/21This year, the 7th International Conference on Spatial Structures will take place from 23 - 27 August as a joint virtual event with the IASS annual symposium.
Manfred Grohmann is chairing Wednesday's Morning session S35 "Hangai Prize Applicants 1" at 9.00-10.15 am (UK time).
Sessions 48 and 58 "The future of structural design - symbiosis in architecture and structural engineering 1+2", by chairmen Klaas de Rycke (Bollinger+Grohmann Paris) and Lars De Laet (University of Brussels) take place on two consecutive days. On Wednesday, 25 August, Afternoon sessions-2, 16.45-18.00 pm (UK time) and on Thursday, 26 August, Morning sessions-2, 10.30.-11.45 am (UK time).
Bollinger+Grohmann is supporting the conference as an Event Partner.
19 August 2021
The Public Library of the Year award: Deichman LibraryThe Deichman Library in Oslo has been named the world’s best new public library. The Public Library of the Year award is presented annually by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) in collaboration with the Danish software company Systematic A/S.
Bollinger+Grohmann Oslo was responsible for structural and façade engineering.
Photo: Photo: Einar Aslaksen / Pudder Agency
NAX report 2021: International timber constructionThe second NAX report 2021 focuses on international timber construction.
As NAX sponsor, Bollinger+Grohmann was asked to report on its many years of experience in international timber construction projects.
Research project: MY-CO SPACE pavilionThe MY-CO SPACE pavilion was designed through a collaborative research project between the Technische Universität Berlin (Prof. Dr. Vera Meyer), Universität der Künste Berlin (WM Christian Schmidts) and Hochschule Bochum - Bochum University of Applied Sciences (Prof. Sven Pfeiffer) with structural support from Bollinger+Grohmann, has been completed and is part of the current exhibition “TinyBe - Living in a Sculpture” in the Metzlerpark in Frankfurt.
The exhibition runs until 26 September 2021.
Photo © Prof. Sven Pfeiffer
1st prize: Neubau Stadtbahnbetriebshof WeilimdorfCongratulations to Auer Weber for the first prize in the competition. Bollinger+Grohamn Stuttgart supported the architects in terms of structural engineering.
The depot marks an important entrance to the city. In future, the project unites all the necessary buildings and areas under one landscape roof. Its concise form is developed from the functional framework conditions and its location in the landscape space. The light rail depot is scheduled to be completed in 2026.
©Auer Weber / Sabine Heine Illustration
2nd prize: Federal Environment AgencyCongratulations on the 2nd price for the refurbishment and replacement of a laboratory and administration building for the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) in Berlin.
The Munich team of Bollinger+Grohmann supported the architects for this very innovative and sustainable competition with a structural concept of a hybrid concrete-timber using cross-laminated and composite timber-concrete slabs.
Visualisation ©Nickl & Partner
1 June 2021
'Fluid Bodies'3 years ago, Bollinger+Grohmann joined the artistic research project ‘Fluid Bodies’ under the direction of Klaus Bollinger at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. The research project aimed to challenge the conventional formwork concepts about concrete and the pre-existing assumptions about the material and its abilities. Models and objects in various sizes where produced with a series of methods spanning over many disciplines such as architecture, fashion design, structural design and sculpture.
To celebrate the end of the project, the research team opens the doors to the public for a one-day exhibition at the Wotruba-Atelier in Vienna where they completed their last workshop.
1 June 2021, 16:00
21 May 2021
First Prize: Reinventing Cities MilanWe are happy about the first place in the competition MoLeCoLa promoted by Comune di Milano and C40 Cities, Reinventing Cities.
This impressive result was possible thanks to the multidisciplinarity and integrated design and the collaborative work between all team members under the leadership of Park Associati and Hines Italy: Habitech - Distretto Tecnologico Trentino, ESA | engineering, consultancy & sustainability, BollingerGrohmann, MIC - Mobility In Chain, Baggio Marilena Greencure, Irs - Istituto per la Ricerca Sociale, Schneider Electric, A2A CALORE & SERVIZI S.R.L., Wood Beton S.p.a., Ammlex - Amministrativisti Associati.
Photo: Park Associati
ERFURT - BUGA 2021The Bundesgartenschau in Erfurt has opened end of April and the panorama lift with the 27m long, very light and narrow connecting walkways is in operation. The walkways connect the free-standing elevator tower with the mighty bastion wall. On the city side, the small platform at the elevator tower offers a great view towards the cathedral square and the historic centre.
Architecture: Schulitz Architects
Structural Engineering: Bollinger+Grohmann
Photo: Schulitz Architects
SOMNIUM featured in "Stahlbau"As part of the extension of the Johannes Kepler Universität in Linz, we were in charge of the structural engineering of the SOMNIUM, a free-form platform on the highest building on the campus. The viewing terrace, which is spatially framed by a trellis for future vegetation, serves as a remote oasis of relaxation for campus visitors.
Now the project is featured in the April issue of "Stahlbau" by Ernst und Sohn, Berlin. The authors are Thomas Schaumberger and Arne Hofmann from Bollinger+Grohmann Vienna.
27 April 2021
Competitionline Ranking 2020The competitionline-Ranking is the only architects' ranking in the German-speaking world that is based exclusively on competition results. Once a year, the competitionline editorial team evaluates all the competition results published on competitionline.com and creates the ranking of the most successful offices from them.
We are very pleased about the good rankings of our office in the following categories:
3rd place in the category STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS
6th place in the category CIVIL ENGINEERS
3rd place in the category BUILDING PHYSICS
2nd place in competition: NICE HQ, Oderzo"Nice Headquarter" is designed as a high-tech building. The key characteristics are the transparency and lightness of the façades and the roof, which is a monolithic element that opens and closes according to the sun position and weather conditions. It provides a dynamic and flexible space for the inner courtyard.
A set of integrated lights enhances the building's perception at night, maintaining a high level of visibility and a sober profile blending with the surrounding environment.
Bollinger+Grohmann was responsible for structural and façade engineering.
©Photo: Park Associati and Bollinger+Grohmann
12. April 2021
Stefan Polónyi (1930–2021)We received the sad news that Stefan Polónyi has passed away on April 9.
Stefan Polónyi was a leading builder, master teacher, inventor, pioneer and role model. His exemplary contribution in science, teaching and practice strengthened the self-image of engineers and consistently enhanced constructive interaction between architects and engineers. We will miss him. Our thoughts are with his family.
Photo: Benedikt Kraft
1 April 2021
Green & Blue Building AwardThe Ilse Wallentin-Haus is the recent timber construction at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU). The project received the Green & Blue Building-Award in the category “Project” for the focus on sustainability during the development as well as for the use of recyclable & renewable materials.
Client: BIG Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft m.b.H.
Architect: SWAP Architekten, Delta Projektconsult
Structural Engineer: Bollinger+Grohmann
Congratulations to the entire project team!
30 March 2021
International Competition in Sicily: FinalistOur project was one of the 5 finalists in the International Competition for the new Administrative Centre of the Sicilian Region. It was great to participate in such a challenging and innovative project! Congratulations to the whole team:
Studio Transit, Studio Valle Progettazioni, Studio Faraone, Studio Cangemi, United Consulting, Bollinger+Grohmann, Gae Engineering, Studio A&P architettura del paesaggio with Eleonora Tomassini, Vamirgeoind, Fabio Roncato
Image: HERE S.r.l. with ENGRAM
Riedbergallee Student Residence: ProcessThe timber structure of the 5-story student residence (timber and concrete hybrid) is rising in high speed. The prefabricated CLT wall and slab elements, which span up to approx. 8 m, arrive with all necessary openings and milled slots for the service pipes and are mounted next to the buildings concrete cores and compartment walls. Together with Ferdinand Heide Architects from Frankfurt we started planning in early 2018 and were responsible for the structural engineering (LP1 to LP6) and building physics (LP1 to LP7).
Photo: Kai Laumann
AIT Award Finalist 2020The AIT awards are one of the largest competitions for architecture and interior design in the world. The Frankfurt Pavilion by schneider+schumacher and Bollinger+Grohmann was among the finalists in the category Retail/Fair.
The iconic building was constructed for the first time at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2018 and returned again as the venue for events with authors and industry experts from all over the world in 2019. The space-defining structure was generated and optimized by the team, taking into account architectural, structural and static criteria using genetic algorithms.
15 February 2021
"WOOD. Change the present. Build the future."After one year of research on timber structures, Bollinger+Grohmann and Park Associati are working on a publication to collect all the information. How did we get the results of our research on wood? We combined our expertise through the applied exercise of re-engineering.
Fritz-Kissel-Siedlung, Frankfurt: ProcessThe speedy construction process in Frankfurt's Fritz-Kissel-Siedlung is impressive. After the building permit was granted in September 2020, the first tenants moved into the apartments in mid-December.
Since several construction steps happen at the same time, you can follow every timber module addition phase on the construction site.
Bollinger+Grohmann was already in charge of the feasibility study for fire protection and the structural design for the extension in 2017. We are now responsible for the entire fire protection concept and the structural engineering for the existing structures.
Second Annual USGlass Design Awards: Recognition for MoMA NYWe are happy to share that our project "Extension of The Museum of Modern Art", has been recognized in the Second Annual USGlass Design Awards, winning in the low- to mid-rise construction category.
As part of the façade team with FRENER & REIFER , Bollinger+Grohmann were responsible for the structural analysis, building physics proofs, design-assist, construction document phase, workshop and assembly planning of the façade.
Digital Media House of the "Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg"After Baumschlager Eberle Architekten won the Berlin-Brandenburg Broadcasting rbb "Digital Media House and Campus Development" project in summer 2020, Bollinger+Grohmann were chosen as planners for structural engineering, façade engineering and building physics.
The new building will combine cross-media working and production processes, moreover intensify the cooperation of radio, online and television.
Visualization: rbb/Baumschlager Eberle Architekten
21 January 2021
Architizer A+Firm Awards 2021: DistinctionThe A+Firm Awards spotlight engineers and professionals from the AEC sector.
We are very pleased that Bollinger+Grohmann has been selected as one of the five Finalists in the Best Engineering Firm category!
FOUR Frankfurt: Construction progressAfter the start of the special foundation civil engineering in 2019, FOUR, our large-scale construction site has reached the foundation pit in partial cover construction. The reinforcement of the first-floor slab section has been laid and from now on it will go up parallel to the basement levels with the high-rise buildings.
Together with our ARGE partner Werner Sobek Frankfurt, we congratulate all those involved in the project on reaching this milestone.
15 January 2021
Opening Tondo in BrusselsOn Thursday 14 January 2021, the footbridge Tondo officially opened in Brussels.
Designed by Office KGDVS, the "spatial element" connects the House of Representatives’ offices with its recent extensions, the new Forum Building, on the other side of the Leuvensestraat. It can be described as a stiff disc, the roof, on which the floor hangs with a minimal presence of structure.
Bollinger+Grohmann has been responsible for the structural engineering.
14 January 2021
B+G Brussels has just moved!New year, new office, same nice team now in Rue de la Loi, Wetstraat 26, 1040 Brussels.
We look forward to meeting you there very soon!
14 January 2021, 4 pm - 5 pm
BAU Online 2021: Book presentation "Nachhaltigkeit, Ressourceneffizienz und Klimaschutz“In March, the new handbook "Sustainability, Resource Efficiency and Climate Protection" is going to be published by Ernst & Sohn. The aim is to summarise the current state of the art for civil engineers and the construction industry with constructive solutions for planning and building and to provide assistance and orientation.
"Architektur fertigen. Konstruktiver Holzelementbau."The new Triest Verlag publication has been available in bookshops for two weeks. The book focuses on design and planning strategies with regard to their professional practice.
In her contribution about "Digital Design - Hacking the digital chain", our colleague Agnes Weilandt introduces the method of parametric design and uses several project examples to show how the design can emerge in a system of synchronous design, technical feasibility and production.
Deichman Library wins Norwegian concrete awardThe Norwegian award "Betongtavlen" is given to buildings in which concrete is used in an ecologically, aesthetically and technically outstanding way.
The library was designed by the architects Lund Hagem Arkitekter and AtelierOslo. Bollinger+Grohmann is responsible for structural engineering.
©Picture Einar Aslaksen / Pudder Agency
10 November 2020
Emporis Skyscraper AwardThis is the twentieth time that the Emporis High-Rise Award. The 164 m high Leeza SOHO Tower in Beijing takes 2nd place and Frankfurt's Omniturm is in 9th place and is 190 m high.
We are happy to have been involved in the planning of these exceptional buildings. Congratulations to the design teams led by Zaha Hadid Arch. and BIG for these awards.
08 October 2020
2020 ConstruirAcier Trophées Eiffel: AwardedThe Lycée Léonard de Vinci in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France, has won the 2020 ConstruirAcier Trophée Eiffel. Congratulations to TANK Architectes and COSA - Colboc Sachet architectures!
Bollinger+Grohmann was responsible for the structural design.
© TANK et COSA, architectes associés, Photo : Camille Gharbi
First game at Allegiant Stadium in Las VegasLas Vegas Raiders hosted their first game at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. The opening match in the newly built 1.8bn mega stadium took place on September 21st.
Bollinger+Grohmann provided the design of the cable roof structure and did the studies for the complex Biglift-installation and prestressing procedure of the cable roof. We were present on-site from the very beginning until the last cable was pinned.
16 September 2020
Out now: Ingenieurbaukunst - Engineering made in GermanyThe book presents 20 outstanding buildings out of five volumes of the book "Ingenieurbaukunst", published by the Federal Chamber of Engineers.
We are very happy to be part of this volume featuring two of our projects, the Louvre in Lens and the new ECB premises, which even made it onto the cover.