Merck Campus 
Darmstadt, Germany 
© HENN Architekten
© HENN Architekten
© HENN Architekten
© HENN Architekten
© HENN Architekten
© HENN Architekten
© HENN Architekten
Merck Campus 
Innovation Centre and Company Restaurant
Darmstadt, Germany 

project description


The Innovation Center with the adjoining employee restaurant is the centerpiece of the rearranged company’s site and serves both as the public image as well as for the research and development. The staggered floor levels create an open spatial structure with flowing spaces and flexible usable project areas, allowing diverse perspectives between different zones and facilitating interdisciplinary work.

structure


The 6-storey Innovation Center has a footprint of 43m x 52m and a height of 24m. The floor area of the standard floors corresponds only to about half of the gross floor area and their geometry resembles two opposite quadrants with a bridge-like connection. The slabs are designed as composite structures with a steel support frame and a reinforced concrete slab with a span of approximately 17m x 20m. The balustrades of the bridge elements are in addition used structurally to achieve a higher span. The floor slabs are connected via self-supporting, double-curved concrete stairs.
The three-storey employee restaurant has a footprint of 40m x 52m with a 10m x 10m column grid. The floor structure consists of reinforced concrete flat slabs with integrated hollow blocks. A self-supporting triangular spiral staircase is located in the atrium and spans over two floors. The balustrade, walking surface and lower landing are realised in exposed concrete and form a box section, which acts as a doubly curved spatial load-bearing structure.

Data


Client:
Merck, Darmstadt, Germany

Architect:
HENN Architekten, Berlin, Germany

Completion: 2018

GFA: 22,000 m²

Additional service: Structural design excavation

Service:
Structural engineering

13 April 2018

Bollinger + Grohmann Ingenieure now also in Stuttgart

Bollinger + 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

28 April 2018

Opening of ESO Supernova

The 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.

17 April 2018, 6 pm

High-rises in Frankfurt and New York

Lecture by Manfred Grohmann in the course of the series "standpunkte, sommersemester 2018" at Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen (THM) in Gießen, Germany.

Location:
Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen
Hugo von Ritgen Haus, Südanlage 6, Gießen
E10.2.04 (auditorium)

29 March 2018

ACSE Annual Excellence in Structural Engineering NSW awards 2018

In 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 2018

Two 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 chosen

Among 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).

12 March 2018

1st prize in the competition for the "House of Media" in Brussels

We are pleased to announce that the team of architects Baukunst (BE) and Bruther (FR) in cooperation with Bollinger + Grohmann have won the competition for the "Media House" in the mediapark in Brussels (2018-2021). For the further commissioning, Bollinger + Grohmann will be responsible for the structure of the building, which must be kept very flexible with regard to the reversibility of the building.

8 march 2018

Merck Campus - Innovation Centre in Darmstadt: Completion

On 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 Dresden

First 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 Oslo

Bollinger + 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.

22 January 2018

Opening of the Floe project for the NGV Triennial 2018

Bollinger Grohmann Engineers are proud to be part of a collaboration between architectural practice Studio Roland Snooks and sound artist Philip Samartzis.

7 December 2017

1st prize in the competition Fornebu

for the team of Bollinger + Grohmann, Oslo, Dyrvik Arkitekter, Oslo, Transborder Studio, Oslo and SLA, Oslo for the redesign of a part of the former airport on the peninsula Oslo-Fornebu.

28. November 2017

Topping out ceremony for the future Deichman Library in Oslo

The new Deichman Library is situated next to the new Central-Railwaystation in Olso. This project is another important element for the redevelopment of the harbour- area around the new Opera.

Bollinger + Grohmann is in charge of the structural design for both projects.

November 2017

Ingenieurbaukunst 2018

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.

November 2017

Beispielhaftes Bauen im Main-Tauber-Kreis 2010 - 2017: Award

for the extension of the gastronomy at the Castle Wertheim with punkt 4 architekten, Kassel, Germany.

Bollinger + Grohmann were in charge of the structural design and buildings physics.

October 2017

Holzbaupreis Steiermark 2017: MIBA Forum Laakirchen

We are happy to receive the ”Holzbaupreis Steiermark 2017“ in the category "wood construction without borders“ for the concept of Delugan Meissl Associated Architects where Bollinger + Grohmann made the structural engineering.

10 November 2017

New publication in DETAIL publishing house: Visionäre und Alltagshelden

Accompanying the exhibition "Visionäre und Alltagshelden" at the OVMF in Munich, a publication with the same name has been published by DETAIL publishing house.

6 November 2017

New address Bollinger + Grohmann Ingénierie

From 6th November Bollinger + Grohmann Ingénierie has a new address: 15 rue Eugène Varlin, 75010 Paris.

All other contact details like phone, fax, email and web remain unchanged.

23 September 2017 - 25 March 3018

Up into the Unknown

Peter 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.

23 October 2017

"Inventons la Métropole du Grand Paris": B+G among the winning teams twice

We are proud to be part of two winning teams of the "Inventons la Métropole du Grand Paris" call for projects.

October 2017

Mit Teamwork zum KACST Headquarter

Article 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.

October 2017

Competition for the Heidelberg Convention Center: 2nd prize

for Nieto Sobejano Architectos, Berlin.
Bollinger + Grohmann gave expert advice .

The 1st prize goes to Degelo Architekten, Basel, two 3rd prizes to Bez+Kock Architekten and 4a Architekten from Stuttgart.

September 2017

Opening of the Lab City CentraleSupélec

The 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.

July 2017

FOUR, Frankfurt

Frankfurt'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 orbit

The 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.

15 September 2017

Opening of the installation "Fountain" in St. Pölten, Austria

A 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 branch

From the 18th of September you will find our office at the following adress:

Alt-Moabit 103 / 2.OG
10559 Berlin

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.