The new building complex is the remote extension for the crowded exhibition halls of the National Museum in Paris. This new museum branch in Lens is located on a 20,000 m² site of a former mine. Long rectangular buildings are staggered into the 450 m depth of the site in a park landscape.
The minimalistic architecture of SANAA had to be realized by a filigree structure to emphasize the building’s weightless character. Besides the little number and small dimension of the columns the challenge for the structural engineers was that no other vertical structural elements reached up to the roofing structure.
Thin T-section steel girders with a span of 26 m in a dense sequence form the unusually light appearing roof. Several functions had to be provided in a total height of only 25 cm roof structure: light guidance, glare protection, shading and daylight entry.
The buildings are cladded with polished aluminum sheet panels, allowing the surrounding landscape to be diffusely mirrored on the surfaces. Light ceilings lead natural daylight into the exhibition halls. At the centre of the complex a hall with completely transparent façades houses the main lobby of the museum.
The insulation glass units with a total height of six meters take advantage of the maximum technical capabilities in glass industries at that time. One major challenge was to accommodate possible deformations of the reduced structural system of the hall with the very light and transparent façade system.
Région Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Musée du Louvre, Paris, France
SANAA Kazuyo Sejima & Ryue Nishizawa, Tokio, Japan
NFA: 28,000 m² | GFA: 14,000 m² | Surface area façade: 6,600 m² | Roofing surface: 12,500 m² | Haute Qualité Environnementale (HQE)
Classification: Exhibition halls : Reinforced-concrete with filigree steel roof structure | Entrance hall : Steel glass constructionService:
Structural engineering, Façade engineering
Equerre d'Argent 2013
ICONIC AWARDS 2013, Project of the Year
Leichtes Tragwerk, filigrane Fassade für den Louvre-Lens
K. Bollinger, M. Grohmann, D. Pfanner, in: DETAIL Einfach und Komplex, Serie 5/2013, S. 538
Die Träger stellten eine besondere Herausforderung dar
Interview mit D. Pfanner, in Bauwelt 5/2013, S.31
Louvre Lens - Einfachheit und Komplexität
K. Bollinger, M. Grohmann, D. Pfanner, in: Glasbau 2014; hrsg. von B. Weller, S. Tasche; Ernst und Sohn Verlag, Berlin; S. 17 - 27
Einfachheit und Komplexität - Louvre Lens
K. Bollinger, M. Grohmann, S. Nowak, D. Pfanner, in: Ingenieurbaukunst 2014; Ernst & Sohn GmbH & Co. KG, Berlin, 2014
Les coûts s'envolent pour le Louvre à Lens, in: Le Monde, 08.02.07
Musée du Louvre, in: The Architectural Review, 03/2013, S. 28-43
Le Louvre Lens dévoile ses galeries, in: Le moniteur, 1er Juillet 2011, S. 48-50
Musée du Louvre , in: architektur aktuell, the art of building, 03/2013, S. 96-107
25 - 28 September 2017
IASS 2017: InterfacesThe 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.
20 - 22 October 2017
Standard Architecture - From Durand to BIMLectures 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
22/10/2017, 6 pm
Location: Deutsches Architekturmuseum Frankfurt am Main
5 October 2017, 2 - 7 p.m.
OSD STATEMENTS01: ENGINEERING THE FUTUREOn October 5th 2017 the engineering office osd launchs in Frankfurt's DAM (Deutsches Architekturmueum) the "osd statements 01 - engineering the future". The first lecture in this series presents several positions from civil engineering with regard on future-oriented constructions, materials and assembly methods.
At 2.30 pm Manfred Grohmann gives the first lecture in this lecture series on the topic: "Future-oriented constructions"
Opening of the Lab City CentraleSupélecThe 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.
29 September 2017
14. Gießener Bauforum 2017Training seminar of the department for civil engineering of the THM Gießen.
"Aktuelle Tendenzen im Holzbau"
Lecture by Achim Vogelsberg
Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen
Gebäude A20, Hörsaal 1.36 (Audimax)
23 September 2017, 2 pm
Opening: Up into the UnknownPeter 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
18 - 20 September 2017
Design Modelling Symposium Paris 2017This's years conference will be on the topic: "Humanizing digital reality"
Applications are open the pre-symposium workshops and Master Classes from 16 - 17 September.
The symposium will be organized with the assistance of Klaas de Rycke (ENSA Versailles / B+G Paris) and Christoph Gengnagel (UDK Berlin / B+G Berlin).
ENSA-V, Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Versailles, Paris
15 September 2017
Opening of the installation "Fountain" in St. Pölten, AustriaA 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 branchFrom the 18th of September you will find our office at the following adress:
Alt-Moabit 103 / 2.OG
11 September 2017
Topping out ceremony for the future Allianz Campus in Berlin AdlershofOn 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 BerlinThe 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
06 - 20. September 2017
Exhibition: AD Intérieurs 2017 - The Pavilion Salle à MangerFor "AD Interiors 2017 exhibition"at the Monnaie de Paris, RDAI will present a timeless dining room space "The Pavilion Salle à Manger". This piece plays with simple geometric shapes and materials—wood, wicker, mirror, enamelled lava, wool and leather—to compose an elegant space.
The project has been created in partnership with:
Ambiance Lumière, Atelier Emmanuel Barrois, Bollinger + Grohmann, Carpet Sign, Coopérative Vannerie de Villaines, Groupe Pierredeplan, Hermès, Holzbau Amann, J. & L. Lobmeyr, K.H. Würtz, Laval, Manufacture de Digoin, Ph. A Concepteurs Lumière & Design, Puiforcat, Viabizzuno
27 August 2017
Darmstadt DatterichThis 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.
New European headquarter of the MHK Group: progress on the construction siteMeanwhile, the installation of the translucent glass façade with its large-scaled second glass panes is almost finished.
FOUR, FrankfurtFrankfurt'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 orbitThe 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.
Ferris wheel in the "Spreepark", Berlin: Expert opinionThe 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 MünsterBollinger+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 Prizefor 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.
31 May 2017
Competition for the extension of the Kunsthochschule Kassel: 2nd prizewith Kuehn Malvezzi, Berlin, Germany. The 1st prize goes to Innauer Matt Architekten from Benzau (Austria), the 3rd prize to TRU Architekten Part mbB, Berlin, Germany.
The submitted concepts will shortly be exhibitet in Kassel, Germany.
15 June 2017
Inauguration of the Crematorium "Hörnli" in BaselThe 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 FlowerBetween 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 SeoulIn 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.
20 May - 20 September 2017
A "Paradiesgarten" for LutherThe contribution "Paradiesgarten" by students of the UdK Berlin within the framework of a students competition was awarded the first prize. The walk-in installation will be shown until September 20th in the "Stadtpark Wittenberg" opposite the meadow of the castle.
Bollinger + Grohmann provided the students during planning and implementation.
Art Biennale in Venice 2017The Austrian Pavilion presents in the course of the 57th Biennale again artistic installations. Bollinger + Grohmann gave expert advice to the artist Erwin Wurm for his Performance One Minute Sculpture "Stand quiet and look out over the Mediterranean Sea" as contribution for the Austrian Pavilion and acted as sponsor.
The Biennale runs from 17 May until 26 November 2017.