Transparent Twins at the IBK Colloquium

The colloquium of the Institute of Structural Analysis and Design at ETH Zurich (IBK colloquium for short) remains true to its serious claim to represent the diversity of load-bearing structures. While the most recent topics were timber construction and solid construction, lightweight structures made of glass and steel will be the subject of the upcoming event on 23 May.
The Musée Atelier Audemars Piguet in Le Brassus and the Opera-Parken Pavilion in Copenhagen have many things in common: the special lightness of their appearances, the radical transparency of the structures, the curved geometries and curved glass façades, the materials steel and glass used for supporting structures and façades. Both projects were also developed in collaboration between renowned Danish architectural firms and the planners from Lüchinger+Meyer.
The design affinity, however, is based on very different structural and façade concepts. The double-spiral-shaped Musée Atelier by BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group has a completely glass structure. The complete fusion of supporting structure and façade achieves the desired 360° transparency to the fullest extent.

The Opera-Parken Pavilion by Cobe, on the other hand, is characterised by a supporting structure that is dissolved in the façade plane. Instead of heavy load-bearing façade panes, prestressed lamellas are aesthetically integrated into the glass plane. The prestressed steel roof structure “floats” above the glass façade with a high degree of material efficiency.
Our project managers Philippe Willareth and Etienne Bouleau will gladly take the opportunity to present the concepts, technical elaboration and challenges of the realisation of both projects in a vivid and detailed way and to answer the questions of the interested expert audience.

IBK Colloquium Musée Atelier Audemars Piguet, Le Brassus & Operaparken, Green House, Copenhagen
Tuesday, 23 May 2023 5:45 pm
Auditorium HIL E 3 (Building Construction), ETH Hönggerberg, Zurich
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(Photos: ©Iwan Baan and Lüchinger+Meyer)