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Autumn and Winter Talks 22/ 23

19.09.2022, 18:00 h
Prof. Stephan Birk, Kreislaufeffektive Bauwende mit Holz
Hochschule Luzern

05.10.2022, 14:00 h
Prof. Stephan Birk, Laubholz und  Hybridkonstruktionen
Webinar, Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe

07.10.2022, 11:00 h
Prof. Stephan Birk, Mehr Umdenken wagen
DAZ Berlin

20.10.2022, 17:00 h
Prof. Stephan Birk, Ressourceneffizienz im Holzbau
Webinar, proHolz Austria

15.11.2022, 18:00 h
Prof. Stephan Birk, Kreislaufeffektive Bauwende mit Holz
Berliner Hochschule für Technik

22.11.2022, 10:30 Uhr
Liza Heilmeyer, Das Haus der Erde
Evang. Akademie Bad Boll

02.12.2022, 13.40 h
Prof. Stephan Birk, Architektur mit Holz in der Planungspraxis, Ansätze in Aus- und Weiterbildung
IHF Innsbruck

12.01.2023, 18:00 h
Prof. Stephan Birk, Kreislaufeffektive Bauwende mit Holz
Hochschule Bochum

17.01.2023, 17:00 h
Prof. Stephan Birk, Ressourceneffizienz im Holzbau
proHolz Tirol, Alpbach

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Honorable mention Forum Constance

Honourable mention in the design competition "New Research and Administration Building Forum" in Constance: "Interpreted from Adorno, design begins with criticising the brief. By dividing the space allocation programme into two buildings, an events forum and a laboratory, the architects created a new ensemble. It incorporates the listed workshop building. Along Universitätsstrasse it stands for the transition to future construction phases, whilst forming a judicious round-off during the transitional period of the first construction phase. Both new buildings have been designed as timber-concrete hybrid constructions comprising a modular system with a high level of prefabrication. The reinforced concrete components contain a large proportion of recycled coarse aggregate. (...)
All in all, the design is an exciting contribution which critically questions the tendering brief and emphatically shows the challenge that the separation of forum and laboratory building pose for knowledge transfer and interdisciplinary collaboration in daily work." (Excerpt from the jury assessment)

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Ground breaking in Senden

In Senden, the groundbreaking ceremony took place for the new construction of the three-field sports hall with spectator stands at the Lange Straße school centre. This extends the existing school campus along Holsteinerstraße and forms the new counterpart to the Werner-Ziegler Middle School. The building is located at the end of the campus' path axis. A cut-out in the building cubature serves as an extension of the forecourt and accentuates the entrance. The hall is realised as a constructive timber building.

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2nd prize in Freiham

In the competition for the new Freiham commercial centre, our design was awarded second prize by the jury: "This robust and sensible structure leads the green axis as a typical urban development element of the new district. The separation of traffic from cars and deliveries was rated very positively. The address formation and access to the two building blocks is from the south from Centa-Hafenbrädl-Strasse. The access to the commercial courtyard with small foyer and information areas and the delivery zones to the building are adequate and redundant due to the two lifts in each case. When developing the floor plans, the designers attached importance to creating interior quality in the circulation areas through well-lit corridors and a small inner courtyard. Overall, the basic structure promises flexible, well-proportioned plots and good usability...".

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topping-out ceremony for WLSB Sports Centre

After winning the competition and being commissioned last year, we were able to celebrate the topping-out ceremony for the new WLSB Sports Centre on the campus of the Ruit State Sports School with everyone involved! The wooden building with a high degree of prefabrication will be handed over to the users next spring.

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Laying the foundation stone at Kräherwald

"I wish that learning would be easier for blind and visually impaired children." This wish and many more have been collected by students over the past weeks. They were presented today during a joint celebration with Today, during a joint celebration with representatives of the school community, they were poured into the foundation of the new Betty Hirsch School Centre and will carry the inclusive school building of Nikolauspflege into a happy future. What a beautiful celebration!

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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 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!