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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.

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Bespoke and innovative Building

Project: ristav CUBE, Karlsruhe area, Germany

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 Allplan Architecture in practice Project: ristav CUBE, Karlsruhe area, Germany in 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 challenge:

The first challenge was to create space for the files as well as sufficient office space. Secondly, the focus of the development process was about optimizing the working environment, by linking work processes and creating short travel distances within the building. In addition, the project’s energy goals and the pre-defined working method Building Information Modeling (BIM) played a major role for Vollack. The goal was to create a highly energy-efficient office building by using only the BIM working method.

The solution:

To be able to take such aspects into consideration in detail, the architects and engineers at Vollack use the software from ALLPLAN during the design phase, and in certain cases, even adapt it for individual needs. 3D models are created at Vollack with Allplan using their own CAD component library and are enhanced with smart data. In addition to wizards and attributes ...


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First design visually, then build!

Project: Residential and commercial building Bad Bramstedt (Schleswig- Holstein)

CORE architecture used much more than just the basics of Building Information Modeling (BIM) when they created a residential and commercial building in Bad Bramstedt. When planning their “residential and commercial building in Bad Bramstedt” project, the architects from CORE architecture created a threedimensional building model in Allplan Architecture and used it as the basis for communication with all those involved in the project from the outset.

The challenge:

the construction project had a difficult start. CORE architecture first joined the project after the client's difficulties with the previous architectural firm led to a parting of ways. This meant that the Hamburg-based architects from CORE architecture were initially faced with the mess of a poor design and a basement that was already partially constructed. The client wanted the existing design to be revised. The goal was to keep the basement that had already been constructed and incorporate it into the new design.

The solution:

The architects worked with a three-dimensional model from the start and they were able to repeatedly capitalize on the advantages of their BIM methodology throughout the design process. The building model made it possible to identify errors and to discuss spatial dimensions and their effects as a whole. To do this, they met ...


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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.

The challenge:

"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.

The solution:

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 ...


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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.

The challenge:

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.

The solution:

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 ...


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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.

The challenge:

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 solution:

The 3D model of the steel constructor was scanned in Allplan Architecture and could subsequently ...


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Sky high

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 challenge:

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.

The solution:

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 ...

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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.

The challenge:

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 solution:

"The entire project was developed three-dimensionally in Allplan. We were able to review important architectural decisions on...

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Riverside festivities

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 challenge:

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 solution:

"The Allplan BIM solution made for trouble-free collaboration with our specialist planners...

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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:

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.

The solution:

From the first design phase to completion, the designers worked in the intelligent Allplan building model. Here they were able to ...

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