Taiyuan Zoo 
Taiyuan, China 
© Delugan Meissl Associated Architects
© Delugan Meissl Associated Architects
Taiyuan Zoo 
Taiyuan, China 

project description


The main aim of the proposed design for the new entrance building of the Taiyuan Zoo is to generate a fluent transition zone between the urban environment and the Zoo and to create a clear entrance gesture. Characteristic is the theme of movement and dynamics, something that is reflected in the design.
The Plaza is covered with a wide roof that is visible from far away and that marks the entrance clearly. It consists of movable panels that are influenced by the actual wind conditions. The appearance of the roof is constantly changing and also influences the play of light and shadow generating multiple atmospheres below the roof. The construction of the roof is inspired by the idea of creating zones of different densities. The result is not only a pure transition zone but one that also can act as stage for different events or just invites you to take a short rest.

structure


The roof structure consists of two main parts, both designed in steel: the lower part serves as a green roof for auxiliary spaces of the zoo and will be fully insulated and cladded. The upper part will be highly visible, housing 5480 rotating panels which move in the wind. Therefore the slenderness and careful detailing of the upper part is of priority. The top is designed as a space-truss which is vertically supported on 101 columns, of which 10 are also providing horizontal support. The grid size in plan is about 1x1 meter, which results in a very dense but light structure. The height of the space truss is 80 cm. The middle part as shown in previous diagrams is covered by glass of 2 x 6 mm thickness to protect the walkable area underneath. The rotating panels are mounted on a subsystem.

Data


Client:
Municipality of Taiyuan, China

Architect:
Delugan Meissl Associated Architects, Vienna, Austria

Start of planning: 2016

GFA: 1,385 m² | Height: 8 m

Service:
Structural engineering

July 2018

3rd prize: Museum of the Revolution of Dignity in Kiev

for 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 Project

After 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.

July 2018

Active Energy Building, Vaduz in in "DBZ" 07-08/18

The 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 Altona

Congratulations 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 construction

In 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!: HiLo

This 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: Silver

After 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-Museum

We 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.

June 2018

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: recognition

for 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 Würzburg

Bruno 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.

28 June 2018

ZAK World of façades

B+G Paris will participate in the 'ZAK World of Facades' conference in Paris on the 28th of June. Klaas de Rycke, the managing director of the Paris branch, will give a lecture on the topic of 'Double Curvature in the World of Facades'.

Location: Hôtel Novotel Tour Eiffel, Quai de Grenelle, Paris, France
Time: 2 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.

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.

June 2018

Won: bridge competition in Liège

for 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 Reims

Bollinger + 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 II

The 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'Or

The 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 Complex

The 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-Fair

A 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.de

The 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 Ain

We 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 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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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).

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.