Swatch, Biel

Swatch, Biel

Swatch, Biel

Client
Swatch AG, Nicolas G. Hayek Str. 1, 2500 Biel

Architect
Shigeru Ban Architects Europe, FR-75003 Paris

Local Architect / Overall Management
Itten+Brechbühl AG, 3001 Bern

Overall Project Management
Hayek Engineering AG, 8002 Zürich

Year of construction
2014-2019

Planning contract

  • Pre-project to concept development
  • Construction project and Tender
  • Development of execution details
  • Execution statics

Projektbeschrieb
The new headquarters of the watch manufacturer Swatch is located in a kite shaped 11’000m2 facade, which is supported by more than 2’000m3 free formed glulam beams. The beams were already formed into their individual shape during the gluing of the lamellas, which significantly reduces the volume to be cut off.

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Sparebank, Stavanger (NO)

Sparebank, Stavanger (NO)

Sparebank, Stavanger (NO)

Architect
Helen & Hard Architects Oslo/Stavanger
SAAHA AS Architects Oslo

Local Engineer
DOF Engineers Oslo

System Development
Creation Holz Herisau
Hermann Blumer

Year of construction
2017-2019

Planning contract
• Structural design concept
• Consulting architect and local engineer

Projektbeschrieb
In urban space – close to the port – an up to 7 storey high office building in timber-frame construction method emerged. The joints are put together with wooden Baubuche-dowels. Impressive is the atrium-like inner courtyard (Lobby) with swung staircases which are also made out of wood. The stability of the building is achieved through 4 central service cores made out of concrete. The building has an extinguishing system and the fire resistance of the structure is 90 minutes.

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Dolunay Villa, Mugla (TR)

Dolunay Villa, Mugla (TR)

Dolunay Villa, Mugla (TR)

Client
Blumer – Lehmann AG
Erlenhof
CH – 9200 Gossau

Architect
Foster + Partners
Riverside, 22 Hester Road
London SW11 4AN

Year of construction
2015-2019

Planning contract
• Structural design concept, dimensioning and development of execution details of the roof structure

Project description
The curved roof shape is resting on top of 24 single columns with spans from 6.6m up to 12m and is „floating“ above the building. At the, to the coast pointing front facade, the roof structure is cantilevering 5.5m beyond the
building. The roof surface measures about 26m x 62m in plan view. The bearing structure consists of primary beams made of beech and oak wood with single-curved secondary beams made of spruce wood spanning between the primary beams. A highlight is the partly double-curved edge beam made of oak wood enclosing the roof.

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FÜR MENSCH + NATUR

Centerparcs le Bois aux Daims, Morton (FR)

Centerparcs le Bois aux Daims, Morton (FR)

Centerparcs Le Bois aux Daims, Morton (FR)

Client
Holzbau Amann GmbH
Albtalstrasse 1
DE-79809 Weilheim-Bannholz

Architect
Jean de Gastines Architectes
8, rue de Saint Bon
FR-75004 Paris

Year of construction
2013-2014

Planning contract
• Concept and development of the supporting structure
• Dimensioning and execution statics
• Verifiable statics

Project description
The Centerparc Group opened a new leisure pool in the west of France in 2014. The Aquamundo impresses with its wide arched beams in glulam, which support each other. But Le Dome also impresses with its approximately 6’000m2 roof area, supported by sloping stilts up to 9m high.

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Treetop Path Neckertal, Mogelsberg

Treetop Path Neckertal, Mogelsberg

Treetop Path Neckertal, Mogelsberg

Client
Holz Keller AG
Bruggstrasse 11
9633 Hemberg

Year of construction
2017

Planning contract
• Development of the longitudinal joints of the support elements as a central element of the entrepreneur variant
• Dimensioning of joints

Project description
As a central point of attraction, an architectural jewel attracts. Built in a nature-conserving manner, the barrier-free treetop path, which is mainly made of wood, offers visitors a unique experience of the local forest. The path meanders at approximately the same height through the terrain to be explored. The entire path is secured with a steel railing on both sides with a wooden handrail. The skillful guided tour of the site opens up perspectives of the enchanting landscape panorama of the Neckertal.

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Aspen Art Museum, Apsen (USA)

Aspen Art Museum, Apsen (USA)

Aspen Art Museum, Aspen (USA)

Client
Aspen Art Museum
637 East Hyman Avenue
Aspen, CO 81611, USA

Architect
Shigeru Ban Architects America
330 W 38th St. Ste. 811
Nwe York, NY, 10018, USA

Year of construction
2011-2014

Planning contract
• Concept and development of the roof support structure
• Dimensioning and execution statics
• Development of the material configuration and test execution

Project description
The roof construction of the museum consists of a space framework with wave-shaped plywood waves. The material is exposed to enormous snow loads as the building is located at about 2400 m above sea level. No standard
material was able to meet the requirements, so panels were produced specifically for this project in Finland, tested and evaluated in Switzerland and installed in the Rocky Mountains.

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“NeuesIdeenReich” for Autostadt GmbH, Wolfsburg (DE)

“NeuesIdeenReich” for Autostadt GmbH, Wolfsburg (DE)

“NeuesIdeenReich” for Autostadt GmbH,
Wolfsburg (DE)

Client
Hess Timber GmbH
Am Hundsrück 2
DE-63924 Kleinheubach

Architect
J.Mayer H. Architekten
Zementhaus Knesebeckstrasse 30
DE-10623 Berlin

Year of construction
2012-2013

Planning contract
• Structural design concept
• Statics and dimensioning
• Structural analysis, approval and execution statics

Project description
For the newly designed IdeenReich, a complex wooden structure was designed to promote various motor skills for children playing. Slides, seesaws, slack lines and much more were integrated into these indoor play equipment. The structure is milled from flame-retardant plywood blocks of beech veneer and up to 14m high.

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Cambridge Mosque, UK

Cambridge Mosque, UK

Cambridge Mosque, UK

Client
Blumer-Lehmann AG
Erlenhof
9200 Gossau

Architect
Marks Barfield Architects
50 Brommell‘s Road
UK-London

Year of construction
2017-2018

Construction costs
EUR 20 Mio.

Planning contract

  • Structural design concept
  • Structural analysis and dimensioning of timber construction
  • Design engineering
  • Structural analysis

Project description
Near the world-famous University of Cambridge, a new representative mosque with up to 1100 seats is being built for the growing Muslim community. 28 trees carry the roof including a 20-ton dome, which is enthroned on the roof in a golden way.

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La Seine Musicale, Paris (FR)

La Seine Musicale, Paris (FR)

La Seine Musicale, Paris (FR)

Client
Hess Timber GmbH
Am Hundsrück 2
DE-63924 Kleinheubach

Architect
Shigeru Ban Architects Europe, FR-Paris
Jean de Gastines Architects, FR-Paris

Year of construction
2014-2016

Planning contract

  • Structural design
  • Test planning and execution
  • Structural analysis
  • Sensitivity analyses concerning the inter-action of wood, steel, glass and concrete structures

Project description
On Seine-Island there is an outstanding concert hall with a shell of wood and glass. The freely shaped wooden supporting structure measures 45x70m and spans freely up to the roof at a height of 30m. The glulam blanks were glued in 3-dimensional curves and all surfaces were precisely milled over with NC technology. Settlements in combination with brittle structures such as glass are an enormous challenge for concept and dimensioning. At the same time, architect Shigeru Ban demands connections that are as steel-free as possible.

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ETH Zurich New-Build ITA-Roof, Zurich

ETH Zurich New-Build ITA-Roof, Zurich

ETH Zurich New-Build ITA-Roof, Zurich

Client
ETH Zürich Immobilien
Kreuzplatz 5
8032 Zürich

Architect
ETH Zürich
Institut for technology in architectur
Stefano-Franscini-Platz 5
8093 Zürich

Year of construction
2010-2016

Planning contract

  • Support of the research project „Roof construction Arch_Tec_Lab“ in practical building terms
  • Support of the planning team in the preparation of the tender documents for timber construction
  • Implementation of PQM during execution

Project description
As part of a research project at ETH Zurich a new type of roof construction was developed. As a result, individual, small beams were laid with a robot to form a framework and nailed together. This meant that each beam could be joined together in a slightly offset manner, resulting in this full-surface supporting structure and undulating roof.

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Pavillon Kulm, St. Moritz

Pavillon Kulm, St. Moritz

Pavillon Kulm, St. Moritz

Developer
AG GRAND HOTELS ENGADINERKULM
7500 St. Moritz, Switzerland

Client
Blumer-Lehmann AG, 9200 Gossau, Switzerland

Architect
Foster + Partners, London, Great Britain
Küchel Architects AG, 7500 St. Moritz, Switzerland

Year of construction
2016

Construction costs
approx. CHF 4 million

Planning contract
Structural design for the wooden construction of two grandstand roofs (main grandstand and secondary grandstand) and for the wall between the two grandstands.

Project description
Construction of new grandstand roof as part of the conversion of the pavilion of Hotel Kulm. The overhang of the two grandstand roofs is made of V-shaped cantilever beams in ash wood, which are clamped in reinforced concrete pedestals at the base. Wood-en hollow-box elements were used for the roof construction of both grandstands. The rectangular footprint of the main grandstand measures approx. 26.10 m x 8.40 m. The maximum height of the structure is approx. 4.80 m.

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Haesley Nine Bridges – Gold Club Yeoju, South Korea

Haesley Nine Bridges – Gold Club Yeoju, South Korea

New-build

Haesley Nine Bridges Golf Club, Yeoju (KOR)

Client
Blumer-Lehmann AG
Erlenhof, CH-9200 Gossau, Switzerland

Developer
KACI International, ROK – Seoul, South Korea

Architect
Shigeru Ban Architekten, J – Tokio, Japan
Kevin S. Yoon, ROK – Seoul, South Korea

Year of construction
2008-2009

Planning contract
• Feasibility study
• Structural development
• Structural analysis

Project description
The clubhouse of an exclusive golf club in South Korea is supported by wooden columns and features a circular skylight (diameter 3 m) in the centre.
The 2,600 m² large, double-curved roof construction made of glulam timber was manufactured entirely in Switzerland and completed within seven months.

Awards
International Prize for Sustainable Architecture
World Architecture Award, March 2010

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Kilden Performing Arts Center Kristiansand, Norway

Kilden Performing Arts Center Kristiansand, Norway

New-build

Kilden Performing Arts Center Kristiansand, Norway

Client
Blumer-Lehmann AG
Erlenhof, 9200 Gossau, Switzerland

Developer
Trebyggeriet AS
Kjetså, NO-4737 Hornnes, Norway

Architect
ALA Arkitekter AS
Vestre Strandgate 42, NO-4612 Kristiansand, Norway

Year of construction
2008-2011

Planning contract
• Structural design of façade
• Structural analysis
• Structural analysis for approval

Projektbeschrieb
Kristiansand is located in the southwest of Norway and is of key importance in the Agder region. In 2002 a decision was made to build a concert and theatre house for the local symphony orchestra and the theatre college.
The key architectural feature of the exterior is a 4,000 m wave front made of knot-free Norwegian oak. The inauguration is scheduled for spring 2012.

• 4,000 m² double-curved façade of knot-free oak
• 12,500 custom formwork boards
• Substructure in individually curved laminated timber

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The Times Eureka Pavilion Chelsea Flower Show, UK

The Times Eureka Pavilion Chelsea Flower Show, UK

Exhibition

The Times Eureka Pavilion Chelsea Flower Show, UK

Client
Blumer-Lehmann AG
Erlenhof, 9200 Gossau, Switzerland

Developer
The Times Eureka Garden and Royal Botanic Gardens
UK- Kew

Architect
nex architecture, Alan Dempsey
UK – London

Year of construction
2011

Planning contract
• Structural analysis and dimensioning of timber construction
• Design engineering

Projektbeschrieb
The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is one of the most important of its kind. Botanical gardens can create a pavilion here to present themselves to a wide audience. The jury awarded the silver medal to the pavilion of Times Eureka Garden and the Royal Botanic Gardens. Its very complex structure is modelled on the cell walls of plants.

Fishing Centre, Steinach

Fishing Centre, Steinach

New-build

Fishing Centre, Steinach

Developer
Hochbauamt Kanton St. Gallen
9001 St. Gallen, Switzerland

Architect:
Aeschlimann Hasler Partner Architekten AG
8045 Zürich, Switzerland

Year of construction
2015-2017

Construction costs
CHF 12.4 million

Planning contract
• Excavation
• Conceptual design for building and timber construction
• Structural design

Project description
The new fishing centre was built near the shores of Lake Constance. The basement was built as a solid construction and is used as a pump cellar. Most of the building is single-storey and is made of wood. The two-storey part has a solid-construction ground floor and an upper floor made of wood. As a result of the high groundwater level, the excavation of the cellar was carried out with the aid of a sheet pile retaining wall.

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Commercial Hall Meier-Kägi Holz + Bau AG, Rikon

Commercial Hall Meier-Kägi Holz + Bau AG, Rikon

New-build

Commercial Hall Meier-Kägi Holz+Bau AG, Rikon

Client
meier-kägi holz+bau ag
Rikonerstrasse 15
8486 Rikon
Switzerland

Architect
Meier-Kägi Holz + Bau AG
Tösstalstrasse
8486 Rikon
Switzerland

Year of construction
2012

Planning contract
• Site investigations
• Submission of construction works
• Implementation planning for solid construction
• Supervision of implementation
• Structural analysis of solid construction and on-site inspections

Project description
Solid construction of basement to support timber
construction for production hall and offices.

Domed roof power plan Hamburg, Moorburg

Domed roof power plan Hamburg, Moorburg

New-build

Domed roof power plan, Hamburg (DE)

Client
Holzbau Amann GmbH
Albtalstrasse 1, DE-79809 Weilheim-Bannholz, Germany

Developer
Vattenfall Europe Generation AG & CO. KG
Vom-Stein-Strasse 39, DE-03050 Cottbus, Germany

Year of construction
2010-2011

Planning contract
• Structural development
• Structural analysis for approval
• Structural analysis

Project description
The domed structures of the Hamburg-Moorburg power plant have a span of 115 m and were erected with cantilever construction methods despite the low overall height of less than one metre. They have a capacity of up to 170,000 tons with a dumping height of up to 60 m. The design was particularly challenging due to the enormous deformations caused by the asymmetrical filling levels.

• Dome constructions as glued laminated timber
• Two domes with a diameter of 115 m
• One dome with a diameter of 70 m
• Total covered area: 24,000 m²
• Assembly of the dome construction with cantilever construction methods

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Monte Rosa cottage

Monte Rosa cottage

New-build

Monte Rosa cottage

Auftraggeber
Schweizer Alpen Club SAC und ETH Zürich

Architect
ETH-Studio Monte Rosa

Year of construction
2007-2009

Construction costs
CHF 6.5 million

Planning contract
• Preliminary project
• Construction project
• Execution
• Construction management

Project description
On behalf of SAC and for the 150th anniversary of ETH Zurich, the new Monte Rosa cottage was developed by an interdisciplinary project team. The outstanding architecture with its excellent energy balance is second to none.
Our office, together with Reusser GmbH, was responsible for the structural soundness of the timber construction.

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Vögelinsegg housing development, Speicher

Vögelinsegg housing development, Speicher

New-build

Vögelinsegg housing development, Speicher

Architect
Hubert Bischoff, Architekt BSA
Plätzli 468, 9427 Wolfhalden

Timber contractor
Blumer-Lehmann AG
Erlenhof, 9200 Gossau

Year of construction
2016-2017

Planning contract
Engineering work for timber construction in the SIA phases
• 32 Construction project
• 51 Execution project
• 52 Execution

Project description
The three multi-family houses with a total of 29 residential units have been designed entirely as timber constructions. The building shell consists of a standardised timber frame construction and a wooden facade cladding. All floor slabs were designed with a wood-concrete composite system.
The staircase and lift shaft consist of cross-laminated timber panels and a second supporting shell for the vertical load transfer of the floor slabs. Here a modern timber construction was created that meets all requirements.

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Apartment building Sonnenblickweg, Löhningen

Apartment building Sonnenblickweg, Löhningen

New-build

Apartment building Sonnenblickweg, Löhningen

Client
Hübscher Holzbau AG
Guntmadingerstrasse 14
8222 Beringen

Architect
Reich + Bächtold GmbH
Architekten SWB
Spitalstrasse 27
8200 Schaffhausen

Year of construction
2013

Planning contract
• Structural analysis
• Final drawings and detailed planning

Project description
All walls of the apartment building were planned as timber framed buildings and prefabricated in the factory. The external staircase which supports a flat roof made of wooden elements is made of concrete. The steel balcony was connected directly to the outer walls during the assembly of the wooden shell. Rafted decks ensure the sound insulation of the floor slabs.

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