Ed. Züblin AG

Façade with a load-bearing function

Previously, any attempt at merging the design aspect of a façade with a load-bearing function was subject to tight constraints but state-of-the-art precast technologies enable new options in this regard. One example of these new opportunities is the Ohligsmühle project in Wuppertal-Elberfeld, Germany, which will be completed in spring 2013. One of the prominent features of the building envelope are its sculptural architectural concrete components with windows extending over the full story height. Yet the true highlight of this project is its ground-breaking technical approach: this five- to...

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