Architectural quality in the integrated planning process
Deutsche Bahn Brick and Tower, Frankfurt am Main
More and more buildings are being constructed without knowing who the future user will be. This requires a high degree of flexibility in design and execution, because the future building must reflect the widest possible range of conceivable uses.
The renowned Frankfurt office, Schmidt Ploecker Architects, was faced with precisely this challenge. On the site with the catchy name “Brick” and “Tower” in the Europaviertel in Frankfurt am Main, they had designed and developed – together with the owner and investor – flexible solutions in order to be able to react as broadly as possible to a future tenant, who was not initially available. Then, in 2017, an occupier was found in the form of Deutsche Bahn, who wanted to use the entire “Brick”, located in the eastern part of the property, as a closedblock development. There was also great interest in the 16-storey high-rise tower that closes off the development on Europa-Allee to the west. The prerequisite: both buildings had to be completed quickly by the move-in date of summer 2020.
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BIM for the world‘s most sustainable building
The Polar Bear House
The building’s score of 94.2 percent is the highest overall degree of compliance ever achieved by a new building certified by the DGNB. The building in question is located in Kirchheim unter Teck, Baden-Württemberg, and is the headquarters of the architectural firm that designed and built it: BANKWITZ beraten planen bauen (consult design build). Strictly speaking, it is an extension (component C) of an already existing company building (components A+B). The latter was completed in 2008 and itself awarded DGNB Platinum around ten years later. Here, too, the overall degree of fulfilment (for existing buildings) was already an extraordinary 95.6 percent. Taken as a whole, the three components make up the Polar Bear House – currently the most sustainable building in the world. Behind the new building’s unprecedented rating and the title that goes with it is a holistic approach that rigorously strives for maximum sustainability in every detail, from the construction method, to the energy concept and building services, to the materials used.
House of Bavarian History
A museum for world cultural heritage Regensburg‘s old town.
Every architect wants to build a museum - just like a church, a monastery or a striking bridge. But no matter which building he creates, whether of world fame or banal simplicity: as an architect, he always sets a sign, conveys a point of view and positions his interpretation of the building requirement in each of his buildings. This makes it all the more important for architects to be extremely conscious of the location, the building site and the existing buildings. Especially when they work in a protected area and in an environment additionally protected by UNESCO, for example. After all, they should not have the same fate as in the case of the Dresden Elbe Valley with its controversial Waldschlösschenbrücke bridge: Revocation of World Heritage status and a return to the striking bridge.
An arena with effective signals
Le Phare Arena, France
The arena‘s name, which translates as “lighthouse” or “light signal”, is both its motto and its concept. After all, this building transmits signals – and not just because of its ringshaped, gleaming glazed façade.
This project combined great architecture with state-of-the-art technology – an achievement that resulted from the cumulative know-how at Patriarche & Co. The firm in the Savoys responsible for the design, consolidates architecture and building technology under one roof and was thus able to meet the challenges of this project especially well: Plan a venue for an audience of 3,000 – 6,000 people that can change its functions like a chameleon.
BIM: Leaving nothing to chance
Versatile design and construction for the CSF INOX production plant
When designing the new production plant for the pump manufacturer CSF lnox in Montecchio Emilia near Parma, Italy, the engineering office INOVING had to rely on the highest possible flexibility. This project was the first stage of a larger production complex, which was to become the company‘s new management center on a site of around 50,000 square meters.
> Design of the first part of a more comprehensive overall project
> Prediction of the exact position of existing machines already in the design phase
> Multi-directional dialogue and interaction between the different project phases
Big, bigger, the Circle
The Circle, Zurich airport (ZH) Switzerland
The biggest high-rise project in Switzerland is becoming a reality: After six years of intense preparation, the end of April 2015 marked the symbolic green light for the implementation of the major project “The Circle” at Zurich airport. With a total investment of around CHF 1 billion and within walking distance of the terminal, a high-quality, mixed-use development is emerging, providing 180,000 square meters of usable space. The first and second stages are to be completed at the end of 2018 and in 2019 respectively. In February Allplan Architecture in practice The Circle, Zurich airport (ZH) Switzerland2009, Flughafen Zürich AG announced that it was launching the development of a new major project at the airport.
A school designed with imagination
Quinto Vicentino School, Italy
Compliance with the strict school building regulations, and earthquake and fire safety were top of the priority list in the planning process for the Quinto Vicentino primary school in Italy. The project in Quinto Vicentino consisted of the construction of a new building for the town primary school to be located beside the existing, free-standing sports hall. The school contains ten classrooms, five special-subject rooms and three group-work rooms. The building also has a large multi-function room that forms the heart of the school, and a school cafeteria.
The project planning team had ten members who collaborated on the design of the creative structure. One particular challenge that arose was the need to convince the town council of the advantages of a modern architectural style. The council‘s members initially preferred a traditional architectural approach with “Barchessa-style“ components that are typical of the Venice region.
Thanks to the impressive visualizations created with Allplan and CINEMA 4D, GPA ultimately succeeded in winning the client‘s approval for an innovative project. GPA‘s project concept showed a realistic model with views, plans and schedules for creating the final structure. Integrating the architecture into the environment and..
Bespoke and innovative building
Project: ristav CUBE, Karlsruhe area, Germany
The design, planning, and execution of industrial and office buildings using a progressive working method is a core competence for the Vollack Group. The desired goal is to offer their clients tailor-made solutions with unique features using these methods. They are to support the customer and also work with a view to securing repeat work for future developments. The construction project “ristav CUBE” is a classic example of a project with customer-specific features.
Construction began in 2017 and the planned completion date is summer 2018. ristav GmbH is a medium-sized company from the Karlsruhe area, which has a plot Germanyin the newly developed Karlsruhe industrial park, Kirchfeld-Nord. They were planning the new office and residential building here and commissioned the Vollack Group to design it. The building was designed to be a hybrid structure made of timber with reinforced concrete, and in addition to office space, is also to house an underground parking garage, a residential unit, and an archive area for files. The handling of files is a large part of everyday work in the company. This is why the archive is a key area for the client. To meet their requirements, the archive was included in the design process.
Wine Tasting in Castle Ruins
Castello di Monteserico, Lucania, Italy
Restoring the historical remains of the Castello di Monteserico in the Italian region of Basilicata and turning them into a usable building was the task of a competition organized by Milan university Politecnico di Milano. The architecture and function of the once magnificent castle are being brought back to life by the restoration proposal from architects Gianluigi Branciaroli and Fabio Lovaglio, who both work for architectural office BMT.
“Compared with a normal building, the digital processing was far more complex,“ explains architect Gianluigi Branciaroli. “We did not have reliable, detailed initial data, so the digital reconstruction had to be carried out in a number of steps.“ Based on this, the subsequent design process was carried out using innovative digitalization.
Allplan Architecture proves its strengths as a parameter-supported planning instrument that was developed for the special requirements of the architecture sector. Building models and support structures can be created with ease: from simple through to extremely complex constructions, from which the quantity takeoff and reliable cost calculations can ...
The advantages of BIM
High-rise Giessen Tower, Dübendorf (ZH), Switzerland
The city of Dübendorf, located on the eastern edge of Zurich, plans to develop sustainably in the coming years. New districts will emerge, centers will be enhanced and new living space will be created. The approximately 85-meter-high Giessen Tower will be a future landmark in the region.
"Due to the different Allplan 3D Model mix of apartments and the offset angle of the high-rise structure, neither the structural nor the building service requirements are routine and the complex exterior also required intricate planning", says Bim Manager Matthias Moog. According to him, it would not have been possible to plan the facade other than in 3D.
All areas and quantities can be determined simply and efficiently thanks to the 3D model. The cut and fill can also be determined from stored component- related information, called attributes. This is useful when determining the costs. Thanks to BIM, we can achieve a very high level of cost accuracy, which we ...
A laboratory becomes an experiment - HIF Research Building at ETH Zurich
Visualization of the external facade at Laura-Henzner-Weg, Visualization: ZUEND, Zurich
The HIF complex of buildings – home of the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geomatic Engineering – is an aging concrete building on the ETH Hönggerberg campus outside Zurich. It houses laboratories and a large testing hall that is a steel structure.
This project was a challenge for everyone involved, right from the start. In addition to the client's BIM requirements, combining the old and new building was also a demanding task. Data that was planned to be reused from the existing building was sometimes only partially available or only present on paper.
At the start of the planning, the building was partially recorded with 3D laser measurement technology and the gaps in the existing design data were filled. This recording was continued after the dismantling of the existing elements. The scatter plots that resulted were then converted into a three-dimensional BIM model. The architects clearly structured ...
Architecture and Identity
Messe Frankfurt - North Gate, oval roof on existing street bridge
In the past few years Ingo Schrader designed and realized different construction projects for Messe Frankfurt, including the North Gate, which has been awarded several architectural prizes, plus various guard houses. In accordance with the initial sketches and conceptual thoughts Ingo Schrade used Allplan Architecture in the design stage already in order to create 3D models which were used to refine and verify the concept.
This irregular support structure with many steal beams with different shapes and sizes proved to be a challenge for the design. An assessment and review of these support structures using section cuts was practically impossible.
The 3D model of the steel constructor was scanned in Allplan Architecture and could subsequently ...
Achieving the passive house standard with BIM
Hospital Frankfurt Höchst
Architects from the firm of wörner traxler richter used solutions from the ALLPLAN portfolio to design the first hospital which complies with the passive house standard.
The greatest challenge in the Frankfurt Höchst project was to merge data from various project members to form a central model.
To design the Frankfurt Höchst hospital based on the passive house standard, the planners switched their work method over to BIM and used the Allplan Architecture solution to exchange data bidirectionally with ...
Sky Tower Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany
The “SKY” residential and commercial building is one of the highest construction projects the town of Bietigheim-Bissingen has ever seen. The building will have 18 stories, and as a result, will soar above most of the buildings in the district capital on the Neckar and Enz rivers.
The design of this striking and upscale giant posed particular challenges for KMB and made partnerships with new engineers necessary. A further challenge was the noise control against rail traffic from the adjacent rail station.
We used Allplan from the very first draft right through to the working drawings. In the design phase, the building was drawn in 3D to show the building client and building regulation department the effect of ...
Wellness for cyclists in the vineyards
Cyclist Hotel “Der König im Weinberg” near Koblenz, Germany
A bike ride along the Mosel is a wonderful thing, but everyone – from the road racer to the Sunday rider – longs for a break at some point. If it were up to Jan Haloschan, this would be the highest point between the small town of Winningen and Koblenz-Güls. The MA student of architecture at the University of Koblenz wrote his bachelor thesis on the needs of weary cyclists and with the help of Allplan Architecture, designed a “Bike and Bed” that sits proudly on the vineyard.
As of the first floor, the very conspicuous tower is enclosed by a punched curtain wall made of corten steel slabs, which covers a glass building in a mullion and transom construction. Under this steel skeleton is a solid-construction basement that extends to the other side of the cycle path, where it projects visibly out of the hillside.
Once the draft had been completed in hand-drawn form, Haloschan first created the floor plans, views and sections in Allplan in 2D. For the visualizations...
A Flagship Project
Felix Platter Hospital, Basel, Switzerland
By summer 2018, there will be a new hospital for geriatric medicine on the Felix Platter site in Basel. With the realization of the project from consortium "ARGE HandinHand", which won the two-stage overall performance competition, the hospital should "reach new heights", in the words of the hospital management team. The project, which will cost 200 million francs, is also one of the first BIM projects in Switzerland.
A financially sustainable new hospital building that enables optimal processes, generates cost-effective operating and maintenance costs, is architecturally outstanding, and shows potential for expansion within the perimeter of the project.
In the two-stage overall performance competition for the new hospital building in Basel, BAM Swiss and Marti Holding AG, together with lead architects wörner traxler richter, in collaboration with Holzer Kobler Architekturen, has met the specifications defined by the client for project implementation with BIM with the aid of BIM software Allplan...
Learning in a playful manner behind colorful walls
Evangelische Grundschule Karlsruhe, Germany
The construction project of the school foundation of the Protestant Church in Baden consists of two clearly defined, two-story individual buildings (elementary school and sports hall), grouped around a shared courtyard. At the same time, this central schoolyard is the entrance to all areas and creates a concise and highly recognizable outdoor area.
A unique learning concept also often places specific requirements on the structure of a school building. The buildings should be friendly and inviting without looking "childish".
"The entire project was developed three-dimensionally in Allplan. We were able to review important architectural decisions on...
Vertical Gardens – Fresh air for the office
Renovation of the Microsoft Headquarters in Vienna, Austria
Microsoft has completely redesigned its headquarters in Vienna and has also commissioned the company Vertical Magic Garden to install vertical gardens.
The concept for redesigning the company headquarters aims to turn the place of work into a meeting point and communication center. A large, vertical garden made of natural plants forms the background. Combined with an LED wall behind the open reception desk, the link between nature and technology is picked out as a central theme.
"One of the reasons we use Allplan Architecture is that it is very easy to implement the plans for non-standard shapes – such as the curved wall of plants – using ...
Festhalle Neckartailfingen, Germany
The idyllic surroundings and riverside setting played a crucial role in the design of the new festival hall in Neckartailfingen.A defining element of this building is the roof construction, architecturally reflecting the interwining branches of the nearby tree-lined Neckarallee. In addition to the roof, the extensive use of glass in the hall and foyer is another important design feature. They offer visitors an uninterrupted view of the natural surroundings.
The festival hall itself is divided into two parts: The back-of-house area with all the necessary facilities
for the stage, including the multi-purpose room; and the open area of the event room and all the facilities for visitors.
"The Allplan BIM solution made for trouble-free collaboration with our specialist planners...
A building for children
La Maison Kangourou, France
What do an architecture firm and a nursery school have in common? Easy: they share the same vision! To create daycare facilities especially for children. When they set up their architecture firm Archipel41 in 2001, Managing Directors Laurent Dachet, Marco Ferrer, Carlos Vasconcelos, and Christophe Alamargot realized how difficult it was for their employees to find daycare facilities near their workplace.
The planners refer to their construction projects for children as ′′places to live.′′ This approach is an attempt to harmonize architecture and technology with an implementation that is suitable for children. It requires a well thought out, obstacle-free planning process, and powerful software.
From initial designs to completion, they worked in the intelligent Allplan building model. With Allplan they are able to centrally record all important planning data throughout the entire planning and...
Disciplined building with poetry
Offenbach Hospital, Germany
The office of "wörner traxler richter" as one of the largest architectural offices in Germany, can look back on a 40-year tradition of planning and realization of buildings to urban concepts and masterplans. During this time, it has specialized in health and university buildings and social housing. WTR relies on the strengths of the Allplan BIM software for all phases of its projects.
In addition to the limited budget for such a complex project, there was also an extraordinarily large number of other constraints to take into account. These included the small construction site and its situation within the town plan. The building was developed on an individual basis for the city of Offenbach, its residents, and the specific site where it was erected. It is the architectural response to a long list of needs and requirements of all three.
Linking the new building in a visually harmonious way to the historic building, which was to be retained, was another task that had to be solved in a modern style and with one eye on the available budget. This was achieved with the specia...
Heading into the future
Vollack Culture and creative park, Karlsruhe
The largest office building of Baden-Württemberg using passive building standards is on the grounds of the Alter Schlachthof ("old slaughterhouse") in Karlsruhe's Culture and Creative Park. Vollack, the Karlsruhe specialists in advanced office and industrial buildings, is responsible for the project development, planning, and execution.
When implementing passive building standards, a holistic and integral approach to planning, as well as the smooth interplay of building and housing technology are deciding factors in correctly enacting Vollack′s own 4-phase method for building: development, planning, construction, and conservation of value.
From initial designs to completion, the Karlsruhe specialists worked in the intelligent Allplan building model. Here they were able to ...
Architecture in action
Wellendingen Fire Station, Germany
Functionality and design are what make the new fire station in Wellendingen stand out. This modern building is part of a village regeneration project. The existing fire station building in the center of the village had become too small and was demolished. A new building was erected on the edge of the village along the main thoroughfare.
The challenge for md2. architects was to design a building that was distinctive, yet immediately recognizable to the public. A contemporary and functional building has emerged, which fits in both architecturally and artistically with the local environment.
From the first design phase to completion, the designers worked in the intelligent Allplan building model. Here they were able to ...
Combining functional and individual concepts
New construction of a production hall with an adjoining administrative building in Dinslaken, Germany
The new construction of a production hall with a connected administrative building for Hesotec in Dinslaken represents both the core business – commercial construction – and the individual and creative solutions developed by Brüninghoff, the hall construction specialists. A completely new operational site combining functionality and individuality was the result.
The project is distinguished by the contrasting combination of modern hall construction and a seemingly offset administrative building acting as ′′head′′ of the ensemble. The distinctive feature of the administrative building is two staggered levels. The upper floor called for an overhang of a meter in both directions, which led to particular challenges in construction and the final planning.
Brüninghoff was able to meet these challenges using detailed construction planning regarding the overhang. The exact location and size of the facade panels in connection with the large window elements were planned in multiple facades and sectional views and prepared for execution.
Clear the stage!
Sechseläutenplatz Zürich, Switzerland
Complex construction projects need time. Particularly when they involve a famous city location like Zürich's Sechseläutenplatz. The planning and construction of the "Opernhaus, Parkhaus Opéra und Sechseläutenplatz," project took 14 years and was finally completed and the square officially inaugurated in spring 2014. The first step, critical to the redevelopment of the square, was moving the parking lots from their above ground location...
The planners designed this space with lots of creativity, many years experience and using a high-performance architectural software. They relied on Allplan as a dependable drawing tool from initial design through to project completion. Not an easy undertaking bearing in mind the complexity of the project.
Using the building structure in Allplan with its drawing files and layers means that even huge amounts of data can be safely handled, plans clearly presented, and individual...