6 February 2024

Reopening DAI

Today, the ‘Deutsches Archäologisches Institut’ (DAI) celebrates its grand reopening after almost ten years of extensive renovations!
The DAI was built in 1962 and is located in the centre of Rome. The construction work included demolishing and reconstructing large parts of the building. Great importance was attached to preserving the existing materials, the room structure, and its functionality. The entire building was modernised according to the latest technical standards.

To make the existing structure earthquake-proof, we analysed the concrete's compressive strength and the existing reinforcement's tensile strength. If necessary, existing load-bearing structures were reinforced with stainless steel lamellae, the so-called CAM© system. According to the guiding principle for earthquakes, ‘Flexibility is better than rigidity!’ we minimised the interventions in the existing structure and the erection of new reinforced concrete walls.

As part of a team with the architects Insula architettura e ingegneria and Wenzel + Wenzel, we supported this outstanding project with our structural engineering and building physics expertise.

Photo: B+G