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Competition win in Kassel

Our design was awarded 1st prize in the competition for the new building for physics and nanostructure sciences at the University of Kassel.
The jury's citation: "In a very natural way, the design is embedded in the polygonal principle of the urban master plan while developing new facets in the continuation of the campus. (...) Its great strength is seen in the inscription of a simple geometric structure in the basic pentagonal shape.
Overall, the work is credited with a clear stance and coherence. It responds to the complex questions of the brief with an effortless matter-of-factness in all aspects. The substantial concept ideas are carefully elaborated and technically supported. The design succeeds in striking a balance between the necessary ratio (laboratory building/technology) and distinct form (urban development) to create a coherent building typology with a low-key appearance".

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Building culture and practice culture

Together with the communication designers Wagner/Rexin we relaunched our website. The new design and structure of bhundf.com offers insights into the (timber) building culture as well as the practice culture of Birk Heilmeyer and Frenzel Architekten.
The scenes in the office were photographed by Andreas Labes and filmed by Jens Lindemann. The website was programmed by Arillo. Many thanks to all involved for the great cooperation!

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Competition win Anne Frank School

Our competition entry for the new building of the Anne Frank School in Karlsruhe was awarded 1st prize.
The jury's verdict: "...Along the main axis, a staggered sequence of open courtyards develops, which at the same time offer orientation, reciprocal lighting and direct access to open space. The ground plan structure creates an exciting system of spaces and paths, which on the one hand creates order and clarity, and on the other hand enables a variety of connections and visual references. On the upper floors, cluster-like spatial units develop, structured by the incisions of the courtyards, which are convincing in their clear allocation of space, but remain fundamentally flexible in their use. They are each accessed via the central central circulation via address-forming entrances, but also allow cross-references via the outdoor areas designed as learning terraces. Despite the clear grid, which is the plausible basis for an economical timber construction, a complex interior/exterior structure develops that promises both open and specific teaching and learning situations."

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Cycle-effective building turnaround with wood

The "Holzbau Kompakt" series of events organised by the Holzforum Allgäu is an information and qualification platform dedicated to the diverse applications and high performance of wood as a building material on four evenings. On 7 April 2022 (6 p.m.), Prof. Stephan Birk will explain in his lecture "Kreislaufeffektive Bauwende mit Holz" (Cycle-effective building turnaround with wood) how to design and construct renovations, extensions and new buildings so that they can be used as urban mines at the end of a long life cycle.

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Honorable mention for wooden bridge

Together with fast+epp consulting engineers, we are pleased to have received an honorable mention for our entry in the "Mühltal Foot and Cycle Bridge" competition.
"The bridge structure nestles elegantly and naturally into its surroundings. Beginning and end are located directly at the respective pathways.(...) The load-bearing structure of the superstructure consists of wood-concrete composite elements. This construction method uses the advantages of the different materials. The corrosion problem of the concrete deck is eliminated by the use of carbon reinforcement, which contributes to increasing the durability of the concrete deck. The superstructure is supported by very slender steel columns clamped into the foundations," is the jury's verdict.

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Winner German University Building Award 2022

The Regional Innovation Centre for Energy Technology (RIZ) at Offenburg University of Applied Sciences wins the German University Building Award 2022! The prize is awarded by the German University Foundation under the patronage of the Federal Ministry of Building: "The prize is awarded to exemplary university buildings or ensembles, whether they are new buildings, renovations or modernisations, which demonstrate a special architectural quality or exemplary handling of historical building fabric. They should combine aesthetic and functional aspects in an outstanding way, be attractive as university buildings for students and lecturers, be committed to sustainable building in ecological, economic and socio-cultural terms, and make a positive contribution to the design of public space. In the course of the worldwide efforts to reduce CO2 emissions and the necessity of resource-saving construction, holistic concepts are to be awarded that combine forward-looking architectural design and quality of use with highly energy-efficient measures.This is intended to provide suggestions for future planning and to draw the attention of a broad public to the current and future concerns of sustainable construction in the sense of building culture." We are pleased to have met these criteria with the RIZ!

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2nd prize at St. Elisabeth

Birk Heilmeyer und Frenzel Architekten win 2nd prize in the competition "New Parish Hall and Parish Office of St. Elisabeth" in Ehningen. The jury's verdict: "The authors propose a compact arrangement of the room programme around a central new parish courtyard. The overall volume refers to the existing building lines of the church and allows for an appropriate pathway from north to south. Parallel to this pathway, a linear elevated roof element spatially encloses the community courtyard. (...) The simplicity of the façade language corresponds to the conceptual approach and the zoning of the building: the outer shell of the new building, made of vertically structured, lightly whitewashed timber cladding with precisely located window openings, is varied thematically in the parish courtyard and here acquires a pleasant, greater transparency. Overall, a valuable contribution with great conceptual, design and functional qualities."

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Ground breaking in Stuttgart-Wangen

The construction work on the Depot Gingener Straße in Stuttgart-Wangen has started. The new facility is scheduled to be completed in 2024. In the west, on Gingener Straße, a compact operations building is placed. At right angles to it, in the southern part of the site, is a large, open roof that combines the parking spaces of the Stuttgart waste management company at this location. The two new buildings are consistently designed as a structural timber construction or timber hybrid construction. The completion of the facility is planned for 2024.In the west, on Gingener Straße, a compact operations building is placed. At right angles to it, in the southern part of the site, is a large, open roof that combines the parking spaces of the Stuttgart waste management company at this location. The two new buildings are consistently designed as a structural timber construction or timber hybrid construction. The completion of the facility is planned for 2024.

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Competition win in Wurmlingen

We are delighted to have won 1st prize in Rottenburg-Wurmlingen! "The work is convincing due to its clear urban setting: The new kindergarten fits in true to scale and yet its architectural expression does justice to its special role in the village structure. The orientation of the building in a north-south direction and its positioning in the north-western corner of the site results in pleasantly proportioned open spaces and well-chosen distances from the surrounding neighbouring buildings. The entrance is easy to find so that the address formation is solved in a natural way; children, parents and staff are welcomed by a foyer flooded with light...", is the jury's verdict.

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Ground breaking in Laupheim

In Laupheim, ground was broken for the new construction of the triple sports hall. It joins the ensemble of existing sports halls along Laubachweg and forms the new counterpart to the Herrenmahd sports hall. With its clear orientation and its projection towards Laubachweg, the new sports hall is clearly part of the new sports campus and allows for further development of the outdoor space.The hall is realized as a constructive timber building.

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BDA State Award 2021

The Kita im Park is awarded the BDA Hugo-Häring Landespreis 2021! "The design of the daycare center is characterized by its simplicity and clarity. Room-high glass panes and closed wooden elements in interplay characterize the park facade. No profile, no joint, no subdivision disturbs the unambiguity and conciseness of the transparent and opaque facade surfaces placed in relation to each other. A key factor here is the way the color scheme is handled. Regardless of material and function, the ruby red color covers all façade elements, homogenizing the diversity of the facade parts and sharpening the eye for form and composition. At the same time, the ruby red structure clearly positions itself in relation to the green park as a complementary element. Inside, this principle is continued. Color and material are related to each other as homogeneous surfaces and give the rooms a calm and presence at the same time," was the jury's verdict.

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Honorable mention for "Brainergy Hub"

Our work was awarded a honorable mention / recognition in the competition "Innovation and experimental building "Brainergy Hub" in Jülich.
"The authors see the compact structure of the hub as the pivotal point of Brainergy Park Jülich and have turned it out of the orthogonal system of the future development in a way that is comprehensible from an urban planning point of view and located it confidently in the center of the site. The landscape space flows around the house. The rotation, the scale and the delicate network of facade greening give the hub a special position. With its transparent modern façade, the simple structure has an inviting effect and leads visitors and users into the four-story courtyard building. (...) The proposed wood hybrid construction with wood-concrete composite floors and recycled concrete represent a sustainable basic construction appropriate to the task. " (Excerpt from the jury assessment)