Louvre, Paris
Louvre, Paris

THE STRENGTH OF WAAGNER-BIRO'S STEEL AND GLASS DIVISION IS IN AREAS WHICH ARE BEYOND THE LIMITS OF OTHERS.

The company specializes in complex constructions made from steel and glass and is well known for its ability to solve the problems that arise from geometrically demanding architecture. In addition to planning, manufacture and installation, the company's product range includes service and maintenance contracts.

 

Its expertise in steel and glass technology goes far beyond the basic implementation of specifications. An integral part of every Waagner-Biro project team's work is its continual search for individual solutions and its willingness to look beyond the horizons of its own performance. This form of network thinking leads to the early recognition of the possible risks of a project, and eliminates these risks before they arise.

My Zeil, Frankfurt

Constructing buildings' envelopes – characterized by the impossibility of keeping a precise boundary between walls and roofs – is, along with constructing simple façades, one of Waagner-Biro's main activities. In this field, the company's high level of competence in meeting difficult and complicated demands is highly regarded.

It is in the construction of free-form surfaces and domes that the company's expertise in handling extraordinary architectural projects is perhaps most obvious. The most complicated of geometries are planned with the help of 3D-software. Everything is calculated, elaborated on and then implemented to the finest detail. The results are evident in some of the world's most impressive examples of the art of modern engineering.

The introduction of cable supported structures opens the way to exciting architectural possibilities. Waagner-Biro is able to draw on its many years of experience in constructing cable-stayed bridges and uses this knowledge in planning and producing cable supported, pre-stressed glass walls.

If a façade is particularly geometrically demanding, Waagner-Biro might choose to use, in place of steel, a different profile material, like aluminium. Using materials with different characteristics also offers new architectural, technical and functional possibilities.

To meet the wishes and visions of architects and clients, Waagner-Biro often integrates additional materials, like textile envelopes. New materials not only increase the functionality of a building because of their special properties, but also add an interesting visual facet.

The quest for transparency and lightness within a structure has advanced with the progress made in glass research. Waagner-Biro makes use of this new-found knowledge to solve specific challenges. The Tower Place project in London, for example, for which glass needles are used as static elements in conjunction with a suspended cable façade.

Finding solutions for constructing ramps, stairs, or various types of towers can be a great challenge; just the sort of challenge Waagner-Biro likes to take on. Especially if it requires resolving complicated calculations that go far beyond normal levels of difficulty.

—2017

EUROPEAN COPPER FOR ARCHITECTURE  AWARD

 

—ProjeCt
Maersk Building, Copenhagen, Denmark

—Category
International

—Description
The 15-storey façade completed here by Waagner-Biro in 2016 is an aluminium element façade with storey-high glass and panel fields. Horizontal elements made of GFRC (glass-fibre reinforced concrete) as well as vertically arranged shading elements clad in copper are installed over these façade elements. Integrated into the shading elements are movable panels expanded with copper mesh which can be moved to cover the glass panes.

—2017

SOLID BAUPREIS (SONDERPREIS)

 

—ProjeCt
Louvre Abu Dhabi, UAE

—Category
International

—Description
The open dome construction, situated on Saadiyat Island, has a diamter of around 180 metres, making it roughly the size of five football pitches and is made from steel profiles. The construction weighs around 8,000tons and is bearing on the building beneath at only four points. It consists of 500,000 single parts, 10.968 steel elements and 2.796 knots.

—2017

EUROPEAN STEEL DESIGN AWARD

 

—ProjeCt
Louvre Abu Dhabi, UAE

—Category
International

—Description
The open dome construction, situated on Saadiyat Island, has a diamter of around 180 metres, making it roughly the size of five football pitches and is made from steel profiles. The construction weighs around 8,000tons and is bearing on the building beneath at only four points. It consists of 500,000 single parts, 10.968 steel elements and 2.796 knots.

—2015
 SOLID BAUTECH-AWARD (MAIN AWARD)
 

—Project
Baku Tollgate, Baku/AZE

 

—Category
International

 

—Description

The new international terminal of the Airport in Baku boasts the form of a tricorn. The design has a clear geometric shape: the building shell is defined from a spherical surface by intersecting cones with differend radii. It comprises close to 25,600m² of roofing as well as 25,700m² of façade. The access bridges add an additional 10,600m². The demanding performance package noct only incleded the building shell itself, but also the supporting steel framework of the façade and roof.

—2011
 SOLID BAUTECH-AWARD
(RECOGNITION AWARD),
EUROPEAN STEEL DESIGN AWARD


—Project
Baku Tollgate, Baku

 

—Category
International

 

—Description
The Toll Gate, Baku was Waagner-Biro's first project in Azerbaijan. It boasts a massive elliptical arch, nearly 70m long, that spans a toll gate on the access road to the airport.

—2010
SOLID BAUTECH-AWARD, RECOGNITION AWARD
 

—Project
The Blob, Eindhoven


—Category
International


—Description
The "blob" in Eindhoven is an impressive example of a geometric design that defies any attempt at categorization.

No one can say where the walls end and the roof begins.

—2009
EUROPEAN STEEL DESIGN AWARD
 

 —Project
DR Byen, Kopenhagen

 

—Description
Waagner-Biro wrapped the façade of the DR Byen building in Copenhagen in a particularly interesting design. The headquarters of the national Danish Broadcasting Corporation is blanketed in a steel wire-grid system, which carries the panel-like glass elements of the façade.

—2008
GULF STATE BUILDING AWARDS
SPECIALIST CONTRACTOR OF THE YEAR


—Description

The Gulf State Building Award is awarded for the highest

standards in the region's construction industry. In 2008,

the award went to Waagner-Biro's steel and glass technology.

—2008
SOLID BAUTECH-AWARD
 

—Project
White City, London


—Description
The roof on the central mall of the White City in London, shows how to make a shopping experience even more exciting. Waagner-Biro has covered the heart of the shopping centre with a free form surface of steel and glass using over 5,000 rods, 1,600 nodes, 1,700 triangular discs and 1,600 panels.

—2007
THE CHICAGO ATHENAEUM

INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTURE AWARD
 

—Project
Lugner-Steg, Vienna


—Description
The Lugner-Steg in Vienna is a glazed suspension bridge. Despite its span of 30m parallel to the road and being 19m above the carriageway, it is freely suspended without pillars: a project that the internationally recognized architectural museum, "Chicago Athenaeum", considered worthy of an award.

—1997
EUROPEAN STEED DESIGN AWARD
 

—Project
South Vienna Heating Plant, Vienna


—Description
Austria's largest fossil fuel-fired heating plant was designed by the Austrian architect Martin Kohlbauer and given a distinctive façade constructed by Waagner-Biro.

—1991
EUROPEAN STEED DESIGN AWARD
 

—Project
Palmenhaus Schönbrunn, Vienna


—Description
Waagner-Biro had already built the Palm House that was opened in 1882 in Schönbrunn in Vienna. After several years of technical and political debate about the best way to rehabilitate the listed building, in 1986 Waagner-Biro was finally commissioned to comprehensively renovate the steel construction and the glazing. In 1991, the company was awarded the European Steel Design Award for its work on the project.

Working with the foremost architects and engineers to make their visions become reality, Waagner-Biro engages on a daily basis with high level designs. But doing so we leave the stage to others and remain in the background, enabling top performances internationally.

LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA

Waagner-Biro takes great pride in being partner of the Austrian pavilion at the 13th International Architecture Exhibition la Biennale di Venezia 2012 and having contributed to its realisation. Repeating the success of 2011, when our efforts were honoured with the Maecenas award for art sponsoring.

 

www.labiennale.org

© Copyright Günter Wett
© Copyright Günter Wett

—2012
AUSTRIAN PAVILION


—Project
hands have no tears to flow …

 

—Description
[…] The installation shifts the perception of buildings and concentrates on those who live in them. No buildings are to be seen, but rather figures, digital figures or digitally animated body surfaces. Taken as the starting point of the project was the accelerated technological development in the past decades and the associated scientific insights, especially in the “processing” and “forming” of the human body by medicine and in the natural sciences. […]

 

www.labiennale.at/2012

© Copyright Andreas Balonbei
© Copyright Andreas Balonbei

—2011
AUSTRIAN PAVILION


—Project
Approaching Venice

 

—Description
[…] The installation within the pavilion consists of a variety of small corridors that are laid like a labyrinth throughout the space. The visitor is, in a manner of speaking, choreographed through the pavilion. The space is not only divided into vertical axes, rather it more markedly receives a distinct horizontal division. […]

 

www.labiennale.at/2011