1st prize for straw bale constrcution
Our design was awarded first prize in the competition "New administration building in straw bale construction" on the grounds of the Hessenpark Open-Air Museum.
„The building evolves from an almost square footprint, with the east side directing towards the entrance. It forms an autonomous entity that is not predominantly oriented towards the surrounding typologies. An only slightly pitched roof underpins its form, which is striking in its flatness. This subtle approach works well, although the timber structure would imply a perpendicular construction. The building is organised around an inner courtyard, which is set slightly off-centre. This creates different spatial zones allocated to the respective occupations. In combination with the inner courtyard, the zoning and versatility result in high standard offices and meeting rooms.
The energy efficiency requirements of the State of Hesse to exceed the minimum legal requirements are easily met with this design. The proposed energy concept consistently pursues the low tech principle and thus impresses the jury". (Excerpt from the jury assessment)
1st prize in Darmstadt!
Our design for the new Thomas Weiland building on the Stadtmitte Süd campus of TU Darmstadt convinced jury and client: "From an urban planning point of view, the building is skilfully positioned. The design is unpretentious, yet rational and self-evident. Taking advantage of and strengthening the topographical situation, the architects succeed in creating not only a southern entrance but also an entrance facing Fraunhoferstrasse. The foyer on the east, which extends from south to north, is inviting and can be used multifunctionally. The floor plans of the standard floors are functional and communicative; the connection of the campus-side foyer to the lift may prove to be insufficient.
The façade design with curtain PV elements addresses current economic and ecological issues. The proposed timber frame construction for the upper floors is sustainable and economically feasible.
District Courthouse Heilbronn
Birk Heilmeyer und Frenzel Architekten are awarded first place in the competition for the new Heilbronn District Court and win the contract. The new building to replace the old one is situated on the boundary to the north of the site. This gives the building a prominent position in the street space and sets it apart from the existing public authority centre. A recess on the ground floor creates a spacious covered entrance area, which provides orientation and guidance for visitors.
The layout of the interior is primarily based on the complex requirements for occupancy-use and safety. By organising the rooms in a double ring around the central green inner courtyard, the required separation of paths can be realised in the best possible way. On the outside, the new district building has a fine-textured appearance. Structure and exterior walls comprise timber, constructed with expertise on the material in a contemporary design.
Two-court sports hall in Ruit completed
Based on the design of Birk Heilmeyer and Frenzel Architekten the two-court sports hall for the Württemberg Sports Association on the premises of the Ruit State Sports School in Ostfildern has been completed. The straightforward timber construction building is located in the middle of a grove and blends effortlessly into its surroundings.
Ground breaking in Weimar (Lahn)
The groundbreaking ceremony for the new Museum and Visitor Centre Zeiteninsel in Weimar (Lahn) took place with representatives from state and local politics, from the planning offices involved and from the future users.
After completion of the construction work in 2024, the multifunctional centre will complete the archaeological open-air museum.
Spring and Summer Talks 2023
18.04.2023, 11:30 Uhr
Prof. Stephan Birk, Wandelbarer Holzhybrid - FNR Forschungsprojekt zur Kreislaufeffektivität im mehrgeschossigen Holzbau, Messe BAU München
11.05.2023, 14:30 Uhr
Prof. Stephan Birk, Holzarchitektur – Ein Beitrag zur Bauwende, Deutsch-Japanisches Holzbausymposium, Naturtheater Reutlingen
04.07.2023, 11:40 Uhr
Prof. Stephan Birk, Wandelbarer Holzhybrid für differenzierte Ausbaustufen, Deutscher Holzbau Kongress (DHK23), Berlin
26.07.2023, 10:00 Uhr
Prof. Stephan Birk, Wandelbarer Holzhybrid für differenzierte Ausbaustufen, Süddeutscher Holzbau Kongress (SHK23), Stuttgart/ Fellbach
20.09.2023, 11:00 Uhr
Prof. Stephan Birk, Schön ist nicht genug, Konferenz der Großregion "Wege zur Bauwende", t-lab Campus Diemerstein
29.09.2023, 11:40 Uhr
Prof. Stephan Birk, Panel "MATERIALISIEREN – Baustoffe für die Bauwende", Deutscher Architekt*innentag (DAT23), Berlin
Topping-out ceremony for Betty Hirsch School Centre
After winning the competition and being commissioned in 2017, we celebrated the topping-out ceremony for the new Betty Hirsch School Centre with everyone involved. The building in the north of Stuttgart will be handed over to the users in 2024.
1st prize in Ludwigsburg-Ossweil
The jury awarded our entry in the competition for the new day care centre in Ludwisburg-Ossweil 1st prize: "The day care centre is a clear cut timber structure of a distinctive and convincing design typology comprising a northern wing of ancillary rooms, a southern wing of group rooms and communal areas, and a generous circulation area in the centre. Corresponding to the floor plan, a well proportioned forecourt provides access to the day care centre from the west. The building volume features a recess across the north-west corner, which establishes an appealing identity and shapes an adequate, weather-protected prelude to the building. (...) This project is a very good contribution to the brief, as its clear structure and suitable design appeal render it a convincing nursery school scheme."
Start of construction of Horb police station
At the beginning of the year, construction work has began on the new police station in Horb.
Due to the boundary conditions of the hillside plot, the scheme has been composed in a plinth level and two upper levels that make use of the performance of a timber construction. As a locally sourced building material with a long standing regional tradition, timber perfectly meets the design’s context, as well as future requirements. Completion of the new building is scheduled for 2024.
1st prize in Kempten
Teaming up with knippershelbig Ingenieure, we are delighted to have won 1st prize in the Illersteg Kempten competition. The jury's citation: "The project team proposes a deliberately minimalist, unobtrusive scheme for the new Illersteg, combined with a hybrid construction that is highly innovative with regard to technology and design. The extremely intelligent combination of the materials steel, wood and carbon reinforced concrete as well as the modular design are convincing. The project takes a radically new approach and is therefore one of a kind. With its distinguished, low-key character, the building responds well to the location and its surroundings. The filigree support is set off-center, allowing an almost undisturbed view onto the watercourse of the Iller. At the eastern entrance, the transition to the waterfront has been designed to be appealing and will redefine this spot into a meeting place (without the pressure to consume). Onlookers perceive the structural design as clear and traceable. Of particular quality is the design of the bridge's soffit made of wood, which is easily visible from the banks of the Iller. The jury was also convinced by the transitions to the abutments and thus to the riverbank..."
We are pleased to have been awarded the contract to support fast+epp Ingenieure with execution planning, tendering, awarding and site supervision for the repair and modernisation of the timber roof construction of the Mannheim Multihalle.
It was erected as a temporary structure by architects Frei Otto and Carlfried Mutschler on the occasion of the 1975 National Horticultural Show in Mannheim. Otto chose a new structural design approach for the hall featuring a self-supporting grid shell construction made of wood. The maximum span of the structure is approximately 60 meters with a height of 20 meters. In total, the construction covers an area of approx. 7,400 m². The multi-hall was declared a cultural monument and granted listed building status in 1998 because of its worldwide unique design and filigree construction. In 2019, it received the status of "cultural monument of national significance". The renovation work is scheduled to be completed by 2027.
Depot Muenster is under constrcution
The construction work on the AWS Depot Burgholzstraße in Stuttgart-Münster has started. The design envisages two structures: A four-storey service building with a cafeteria, changing rooms and administration rooms and a vehicle canopy for around 45 refuse collection vehicles.
The completion of the facility is planned for 2025.