Philosophy

The building structure is the backbone of every construction project. It is responsible for the stability and serviceability of a building and greatly influences the extent of its use. Structural engineering is the original and core competency of Bollinger + Grohmann Ingenieure. With an understanding of each design we create individual structural solutions based on our continuously developing strength and expertise in structural engineering. Bollinger + Grohmann Ingenieure always seek the optimum structural solution.

We avoid dogma, question the status quo and engage ourselves directly with the unique challenges of each individual project. The successful execution of an aesthetic, functional and cost-efficient solution is our goal. We seek to join the design planning process as early as possible and accompany our projects from the initial concept designs through to final completion.

Construction methods and material

We utilise a broad spectrum of possible construction material and building types. Whenever necessary we use our commercial independence as consulting engineers to develop new solutions together with our partners in industries and universities.

Our expertise ranges from ultra-lightweight construction with carbon fibres and textile membranes through to timber, steel, reinforced concrete, structural glass and prestressed structures.

Complex Simplicity

One of our prominent areas of specialty are complex geometrical and delicate structures, where we are one of the pioneers in the development of modern planning tools as well as design implementation.

As engineers these tools are not an end in themselves but, they rather help us to solve unsolvable problems for the owners and design team and to ultimately make them feasible. This is true for instance with the execution of imperfect free forms, the use of robotic techniques or with geometrical optimisation.

Foundations

All buildings require a solid foundation. In addition to traditional footings and mat slab foundations we provide solutions for specialised deep foundations, combined pile-slab foundations and waterproof concrete basement foundation including all required on-site engineering supervision.

Further foundation and excavation measures including watertight cofferdams, sequent piling and underpinning solutions (e.g. high pressure injection) round off our geotechnical portfolio.

Structural Dynamics

Bollinger + Grohmann Ingenieure have expertise in the area of dynamic analysis which is required for complex problems which cannot be solved with standard structural modelling tools. Such problems include vibration analyses and the calculation of moving systems. We develop solutions for every challenge from the analysis of moving structures to the development of safe building structures in seismic zones.

Our experience ranges from fatigue analysis of bridges to base-isolation of high-rise buildings in high seismic zones.

Timber engineering

The material wood is closely linked to the issues of sustainability and resource conservation. At the same time, of course, being a naturally growing material it has a certain vitality, aesthetics and warmth. Because of its versatility, modern and innovative structural solutions can be developed, which can meet the high architectural quality of each building type or structure. Based on the understanding of the particular design approach, we create timber structures that strengthen their use and future evolution.

Our services  in the domain of Timber Structures comprise the structural design of all building types during all planning stages according to HOAI. We work on projects ranging from single-family house construction up to wide-spanning timber structures. This also includes the planning of temporary structures and modular construction.

Our services include: the development of optimized structures for all building types and special construction, elaboration of the structural analysis, development of special details and innovative solutions, support for the detailed execution design, 3D planning, parametric development of structures and BIM-planning.

During the planning process of timber structures, the integral development of the project is our priority. In addition to the services of structural engineering, we are therefore also responsible for the building physics and fire protection (elaboration of fire protection concepts). This combination of design services facilitates the planning process and leads to efficient, cost-effective and high-quality solutions that we develop in close cooperation with architects, clients and local authorities.

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.

Bollinger + Grohmann were in charge with 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.

In addition to a historical overview of the development and importance of the profession of engineers and the presentation of current impulse-giving projects,in a third part, several essays supplement various developments and innovations in the construction industry.

Christoph Gengnagel (B+G and UdK Berlin) supported the book with a contribution on the topic "Structural Design and Formfinding Processes".

10 November 2017 - 14 January 2018

Exhibition: Visionäre und Alltagshelden

Civil engineers play the leading role in the exhibition entitled "Visionäre und Alltagshelden. Ingenieure – Bauen – Zukunft" (Visionaries and Everyday Heroes. Engineers – Build – Future). The exhibition outlines the historical development of the profession, building a bridge to the present and giving an outlook on the future. Protagonists and milestone projects - among them the Rolex Learning Center in Lausanne (Architects: SANAA, Tokyo; Structural engineers: Bollinger + Grohmann), traditional building projects and innovations document the social, cultural and technological relevance of civil engineering.

The Oskar von Miller Forum in Munich presents the exhibition in cooperation with the M:AI Museum für Architektur und Ingenieurkunst North Rhine-Westphalia.

7 November 2017, 4.30 pm

ne-xt facades conference

Lecture by Daniel Pfanner in the course of the Conference of the European COST Action TU1403 ‘Adaptive Facade Network’:

Session 4 – The Architectural Challenge
The dream of daylight – water flow glazing

Location: Pinakothek der Moderne – Architekturmuseum – TUM Department of Architecture, Munich, Germany

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

Opening: 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.

With works by Archigram, Bollinger + Grohmann, Peter Cook, Colin Fournier, Jessica Hausner, Niels Jonkhans, Mischa Kuball, Vera Lutter, Anna Meyer, realities:united, Isa Rosenberger, Gernot Stangl and Arthur Zalewski

Length of the exhibition: 23/09/2017 - 25/03/2018
Venue: Space01

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.

In Saint-Ouen, on the site of the flea market, with Novaxia, Engie, Wilmotte & Associés and Manifesto for the realization of a new 18000 m² cultural center.

In Paris, ZAC Paul-Bourget, with Financière Pichet, Atelier Kempe Thill, Atelier Dots Paysagistes, Toits Vivants for the creation of an exemplary building for the circular economy, focused on experimentation.

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.

20 - 22 October 2017

Standard Architecture - From Durand to BIM

Lectures in the course of the symposium:

BIM—the engineer’s perspective (Manfred Grohmann)
21/10/2017, 5 pm

Standards and regulations in the design of innovative façades (Daniel Pfanner)
22/10/2017, 2:30 pm

Standardized thinking? (Manfred Grohmann)
The presentation will be followed by a discussion with ministerial director
Monika Thomas
22/10/2017, 6 pm

Location: Deutsches Architekturmuseum Frankfurt am Main
Schaumainkai 43
Frankfurt/Main

20 October 2017

Tragwerksgestaltung - Neue Entwurfsprozesse im konstruktiven Entwurf

Lecture by Christoph Gengnagel (Bollinger + Grohmann, Institut für Architektur und Städtebau, University of the Arts Berlin) on the occasion of the 21st Dresden seminar on structural analysis "Reality - Modeling - Structural Design".

Location: World Trade Center Dresden
Time: 10:15 - 10:45 am

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.

25 - 28 September 2017

IASS 2017: Interfaces

The annual IASS (International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures) symposium will take place in Hamburg, Germany between September 25 - 28 2017. This year the theme of the symposium will be "INTERFACES: ARCHITECTURE . ENGINEERING . SCIENCE".

Applications are open for workshops (between September 20 - 24) lead by Clemens Preisinger and Moritz Heimrath - "Optimization of Statically Informed Grid-Shell Patterns", by Philipp Eisenbach - "Aggregated Structure: Approximating Topology Optimized Material Distribution with discrete building blocks".

Manfred Grohmann is Vice Chair of the organisation comittee and Bollinger+Grohmann acts a sponsor for the symposium.

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

11 September 2017

Topping out ceremony for the future Allianz Campus in Berlin Adlershof

On 11 September, one year after the foundation stone was laid, a topping out ceremony was held at the future headquarters of the Allianz in Berlin. CORPUS SIREO Real Estate and their partner FOM Real Estate are projected to offer a total of 50,000 m² renatl office spaces, spread over three buildings desgined by schneider+schumacher. The completion is expected by April 2019.

B+G is in charge of the structural design.

Footbridge 2017 Berlin

The Paper "Intelligent Fabrication - Digital Bridges" was accepted for the Footbridge 2017 Berlin Conference.

Prepared by Klaas de Rycke, Louis Bergis, Ewa Jankowska-Kus, Dragos Naicu, Adam Orlinski and Matthew Tam.

Location: TU Berlin, Gebäude 13b, Hörsaal B, Germany
Date: 6. - 8.9.2017

27 August 2017

Darmstadt Datterich

This year once again, our team B+G Frankfurt participated at the 10 Freunde Triathlon in Darmstadt. Jointly with over 3000 participants, they finished the swim course of 380 m, the bike course of 18 km and the running track of 4,2 km.

August 2017

New European headquarter of the MHK Group: progress on the construction site

Meanwhile, the installation of the translucent glass façade with its large-scaled second glass panes is almost finished.

July 2017

Ferris wheel in the "Spreepark", Berlin: Expert opinion

The ferris wheel in Berlin's Spreepark shall be recommissioned. Therefore an expert assessment by B+G with the participation of a metalworking company has been effected.



The client "Grün Berlin GmbH" has made a video documentation about the assessment by the experts of the ferris wheel and presents it on its website.

10 June - 1 October 2017

Sculpture Projects Münster

Bollinger+Grohmann Paris supported Oscar Tuazon in designing "Burn the Formwork" for the Sculpture Projects Münster, a German festival held every ten years.

The exhibition is organized by the LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur and open to the public from the 10th of June until the 1st of October.

27 June 2017

Competition for Walkerhill Spa & Resort: 1st Prize

for the concept by Delugan Meissl Associated Architects with Bollinger + Grohmann. For this project located in Seoul, Korea, the spa features, among other things, the longest infinity pool in the world.

15 June 2017

Inauguration of the Crematorium "Hörnli" in Basel

The new L-shaped crematorium is located on the premises of the Hörnli cemetery in Basel. It is characterized by the calm rhythm of the brickwork compounds.

13 April - 15 October 2017

IGA Berlin 2017: Inside the Flower

Between 13 April and 15 October 2017, the IGA Berlin 2017 is inviting to a festival of the most beautiful international garden design and green urban life culture under the motto "an ocean of colours".
In the "Horizons" area is located, among others, the pavilion "Inside the Flower" by the artist Janet Laurence. The project was implemented in cooperation with LAVA and Cityplot, Bollinger + Grohmann gave advice for static issues.

Opening of HYUNDAI Motorstudio Goyang in Seoul

In Seoul, Hyundai's largest adventure centre just opened. On a total of 14 levels are located the new exhibition-, office-, educational- and recreational spaces. The building has also 5 basement levels, housing parking-, service areas. Delugan Meissl Associated Architects from Vienna were responsible for the design and execution, Bollinger + Grohmann were charged with the structural and façade design in this project.

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.