Guest Speaker, Bollinger + Grohmann, Germany


    Guest Speaker, Bollinger + Grohmann, Germany



    Managing Director, Bollinger + Grohmann, Vienna


    „Ilsan Auto Complex – Interrelation between Architecture and Structure”

    In the last ten years a design shift can be seen, mostly pushed by the acceleration of speed towards the real time simulation of the load bearing behavior of many different structural solutions at once. By this and in combination with modern optimization algorithms and parametric modelling we were able to develop complex structures in tight cooperation with architects, merging architectural and structural design processes. This approach will be shown by a flying roof of an Automotive Flagship Store in Korea (Delugan Meissl Associated Architects, Vienna). In this project structure is not added to architecture afterwards, but grows in a cooperated computational process and negotiates between different functional, spatial and aesthetic criteria. This example shows concisely how the tools we are using and their underlying soft- and hardware development can change structural design fundamentally. Structural logic is not set up a priori, but embedded in a computational design process and goes along with the growth of structural capability.


    As a trained architect Arne Hofmann operates at the interface between architecture and structural engineering. He is managing director of the Vienna based branch of B + G engineers. Examples of the office work include the Hungerburgbahn NEU in Innsbruck (Zaha Hadid Architects), the Sheik Zayed Desert Learning Center in Al Ain (Chalabi Architects) and the Vienna DC Towers (Dominique Perrault).

    An emphasis of his work is the practical and academic engagement for the generative design of spatial structures. Work examples for this purpose are the Skylink Airail Center, Frankfurt (Lengfeld Willisch) or the Biennale Pavilion, Salzburg (SOMA Architects). At the University of Applied Arts, Vienna he worked on the research projects “Algorithmic Generation of Complex Space Frames” and “Flexible Search in Parametric Design”, within constitutive principles for software tools to design parametric structures were established. He is living and working in Vienna, Austria.


    2016 Deutscher Ingenieurbaupreis BMUB und BingK Auszeichnung für das Ensemble EZB von Coop Himmelb(l)au, Wien Europäische Zentralbank – EZB
    2016 Best Tall Building Europe Finalist CTBUH Auszeichnung Europäische Zentralbank – EZB
    2016 Preis des Deutschen Stahlbaues bauforumstahl e.V. Europäische Zentralbank – EZB
    2015 Preis des Deutschen Stahlbaues bauforumstahl e.V. King Fahad Nationalbibliothek
    2015 Iconic Award Rat für Formgebung, Berlin Winner, Kategorie Interior – Hospitality Turm Carrée Hamam
    2015 Stahl-Innovationspreis Überdachung Messetor Nord Messe Frankfurt Überdachung Tor Nord
    2015 DAM Preis für Architektur 2015: Die 22 besten Bauten in/aus Deutschland DAM Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt Auszeichnung für das Ensemble EZB von Coop Himmelb(l)au, Wien. Europäische Zentralbank – EZB
    2015 Dezeen’s top 10 design installations of Dezeen Limited Auszeichnung Labyrint
    2014 Best Tall Building award CTBUH Council on Tall Buildings & Urban Habitat Best Tall Building Europe Vienna DC Tower
    2014 Preis des Deutschen Stahlbaues bauforumstahl e.V. Sonderpreis des BMUB Messe Frankfurt Überdachung Tor Nord
    2014 Iconic Award Rat für Formgebung | German Design Council 1. Prei (Kategorie: Architektur) Messe Frankfurt Überdachung Tor Nord