Christmas GreetingsThe year 2020.

Christmas Greetings
The year 2020.

2020 has been a curious year to look back on but we are nevertheless pleased that, owing to everyone’s joint efforts, we have been able to continue our productive work as an architecture practice. We would like to thank you for your confidence and constructive collaboration.
This year has denied us many of our habitual pleasures including the enjoyment of art and culture.
On account of this fact, we would like to combine this year’s warm Christmas greetings and wishes for the New year to you and your families with the wonderful paintings by the artist Lena Olenhusen.

Landschaft [Heimat 1988/2020] oil on canvas/31x37cm/2020
©Lena Olenhusen
www.lenaolenhusen.com

Completed  - Future orientedCenter for Light and Environmentally-Friendly Structures ZELUBA, Braunschweig

Completed – Future oriented
Center for Light and Environmentally-Friendly Structures ZELUBA, Braunschweig

At ZELUBA, the Fraunhofer WKI focuses on the research and development of lightweight hybrid materials, components and constructions as well as their fire and environmental properties. Correspondent to the research at the ZELUBA, the focus during the planning phase was directed at a modular construction method and the utilisation of renewable raw resources in combination with conventional materials. The high, single-storey test field hall with an earthquake test stand that is unique in Europe and the three-storey laboratory building with offices form two building volumes, slightly offset and rotated relative to each other. They are connected by the centrally located, spacious foyer, which gives access to all research and office areas. The modularly designed, rear-ventilated wooden facade in panel construction creates a representative appearance with natural and pre-grayed larch wood. A coordinated fire protection concept enables the use of flammable building materials, load-bearing wooden structures are completely visible. The reinforced concrete foyer between the test hall and the office block acts as a fire wall. In accordance with the high technical requirements [crane runway, vibration decoupling, fire laboratory], constructive details and connections of the various components were developed in an interdisciplinary manner and implemented directly in construction practice. This already points to the future application-oriented research on sustainability of holistic building systems and integrated solutions – to the joint competence center of the Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research [Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut, WKI] and the Technical University of Braunschweig.

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1st prize for DGI Bauwerk and GINA Barcelona ArchitectsDEVELOPMENT OF THE SCHOOL SITE 'OBERSCHULE AM ROLLBERG', Bernau

1st prize for DGI Bauwerk and GINA Barcelona Architects
DEVELOPMENT OF THE SCHOOL SITE ‘OBERSCHULE AM ROLLBERG’, Bernau

Modern and sustainable timber hybrid school

The district of Barnim assumed responsibility of the the ‘Oberschule am Rollberg’ site on August 1st 2020 with the intention of developing and building a new primary and secondary school to gradually replace the existing buildings.
The design by DGI Bauwerk and GINA Barcelona Architects aims to provide a new arrangement of buildings and external spaces that respect the local conditions and qualities of the site.
The jury commented that ‘The successful positioning of the three-wing form allows the design to fit perfectly and harmoniously into its context… An atmospheric, landscaped foyer area is generated between the three houses/volumes on the ground floor and includes soft edged rooms. The tension between the soft internal and external landscape elements and the rectilinear character of the three houses is deemed very attractive. The design responds appropriately and interestingly to the heterogeneous context, the challenging landscape and the demanding functional requirements of the school. The proposal offers the greatest potential to realise the desired concept for the spaces of the primary and school.’

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Ion42 - FAIR project in DarmstadtImposing construction and a current view of the overall site

Ion42 – FAIR project in Darmstadt
Imposing construction and a current view of the overall site

In mid-October a heavy transporter brought a 7.2 by 4.2 meter large and 4.5 ton fixed / loose flange construction to the FAIR construction site. This construction will tightly and robustly connect the new particle accelerator system with the existing system. At the same time it allows the two components to move in relation to one another.

The current drone video gives an impressive view of the entire construction site and its construction progress, in particular of the accelerator and experimental structures that are being built and later will be connected to the storage ring.

FAIR construction site – October 2020

BDA container - Visit to the Vattenfall AG Germany headquarters CO2 Emissions Reduction and the Cradle-to-Cradle principle

BDA container – Visit to the Vattenfall AG Germany headquarters
CO2 Emissions Reduction and the Cradle-to-Cradle principle

The BDA in Berlin recently extended an invitation for a site visit on the 28.10.2020 of the new headquarters of Vattenfall AG at Südkreuz station which was designed by Tschoban Voss Architects and is currently being built under the supervision of DGI Bauwerk.
The building complex consists of two structures, a solitary block and a larger volume surrounding a central atrium, which add to a total of approximately 32.000 square meters of floor space. Both buildings utilise a modular timber hybrid construction which is phased appropriately to allow for an efficient building process.
As a result of the intelligent combination of renewable timber with concrete, the CO2 emissions per square meter of usable area resulting from the manufacture of the shell are considerably reduced when compared to conventional reinforced concrete construction. The building materials used have been selected according to cradle-to-cradle principles and are largely recyclable.
In compliance with current Corona regulations, a group of approximately 20 people partook in the visit and gained an insight into the construction methods associated with the assembly of the final floors on-site.The guided tour was led by Sergei Tchoban (Tchoban Voss Architects), Wolfram Kliese [Project Manager, DGI Bauwerk], Bernd Tibes [CEO, DGI Bauwerk] and René Knapp [Rhomberg].

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Competition Exilmuseum Berlin The decision of the jury

Competition Exilmuseum Berlin
The decision of the jury

For the design of the museum building, the Stiftung Exilmuseum Berlin launched an international architectural competition, inviting ten internationally known firms to participate. Ten internationally known firms with a background in museum architecture were invited to propose designs for a new building, which will incorporate the portico ruins of the former Anhalter Bahnhof. First prize was awarded to the architectural firm of Dorte Mandrup of Copenhagen. The Exilmuseum Berlin plans to open its doors in 2025.

As experts, the architect Eva Walter [fire protection] and the architect Jacob van Ommen [cost efficiency] from the architecture office DGI Bauwerk contributed their expertise to the decision-making of the ten-person jury.

Suhrkamp/L34 - Nominated for the DAM German Architecture Prize

Suhrkamp/L34 – Nominated for the DAM German Architecture Prize

We’re happy to announce that our project with Bundschuh Architects Suhrkamp / L34 has been nominated for the DAM German Architecture Prize.

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Groundbreaking ceremony for a new nuclear chemistry substitute at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

Groundbreaking ceremony for a new nuclear chemistry substitute at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

The nuclear chemistry of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) with its research reactor TRIGA has been given a new laboratory building. DGI Bauwerk provides work phases 2-9. The ensemble from the 1960s is replaced by a new building that is structurally and functionally connected to the building erected in 2008. The state government of Rhineland-Palatinate is investing around 43.5 million euros in the new replacement building with a usable area of ​​around 2,000 square metres. The groundbreaking ceremony is held by University President Professor Georg Krausch, Rhineland-Palatinate Minister of Science, Professor Konrad Wolf and the Rhineland-Palatinate Finance Minister Doris Ahnen. Afterwards Professor Tobias Reich, Dean of Faculty 09 Chemistry, Pharmacy, Geography and Earth Sciences as well as Holger Basten, Managing Director of the State Property and Building Management (LBB) explain the design and the construction measure.

 

Mainz University - Construction progress in the new building for innovative particle accelerator site inspection with prominent guests

Mainz University – Construction progress in the new building for innovative particle accelerator
site inspection with prominent guests

The construction pit for the floor slab of the first partial construction of the new Center for Fundamental Physics [CFP] at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz [JGU] was completed at a depth of around 12 metres. The impressive excavation pit alone, in which the research bunker is now being built with over 5,000 cubic metres of special concrete, shows the particular challenge for everyone involved, especially the general planning team headed by DGI Bauwerk and the executing construction companies.
Before the start of the shell construction phase, Finance and Construction Minister Doris Ahnen, Science Minister Prof. Dr. Konrad Wolf, University President Prof. Dr. Georg Krausch, the construction manager for the MESA experiment hall, Prof. Dr. Kurt Aulenbacher from the Institute for Nuclear Physics, and the Managing Director of the State Property and Building Management [LBB], Holger Basten, in the presence of the two PRISMA + speaker Prof. Dr. Matthias Neubert and Prof. Dr. Hartmut Wittig take the opportunity to inform themselves on site about the construction progress.

‘Especially in these difficult times I am very happy about the progress of the construction of the Center for Fundamental Physics. The structural infrastructure is an essential prerequisite for the success of the scientific work of the Mainz research groups in particle and hadron physics and thus for the excellence cluster PRISMA +’, explains the President of JGU, Prof. Dr. Georg Krausch.

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The  FAIR mega-construction project, Darmstadt, Germany

The FAIR mega-construction project, Darmstadt, Germany

On a site of approximately 150,000 m2, 25 buildings are being constructed. Amongst them are an underground accelerator tunnel with 1,100 metres circumference as well as other unique buildings, that they are designed to house and operate the newly developed high-tech research facilities. The construction work began in the summer of 2017.
The construction of each tunnel section is progressing with the ring coming full circle. The excavating and securing constructions are completed.
Ion42, a consortium of the DGI Bauwerk and schneider + schumacher architects, is responsible for the design and realisation.

 Video/© GSI/FAIR/L. Möller, Intermedial Design

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