Seamlessly integrated structural solutions
Located in the heart of Berlin Mitte between Friedrichstrasse and Oranienburger Strasse, the proposed TETRIS development features exclusive, luxury offices and apartments across twelve buildings.
The buildings are planned to be positioned around four courtyards, and will range from ten to twelve storeys, including basement levels. BuroHappold Engineering worked on the structural planning of six of the apartment buildings, one office complex and three of the courtyards.
A key challenge for the BuroHappold team was to deliver a ‘smart’ and efficient structural system that would suit the needs of multiple teams working on the development. With five different architects working on the project, achieving the right balance of aesthetics and efficiency was essential to its success.
We also had to manage the client’s requirement to simultaneously design and construct, which requires the underground and basement construction to begin before the design of the upper storeys is completed.
Our team worked closely with the client, project manager, architects and MEP teams to ensure we delivered outstanding solutions for every aspect of the project. We incorporated a Building Information Management (BIM) approach to the planning process, using bespoke software to significantly increase the planning efficiency. This enabled the team to capture all elements into one model, which in turn made sharing the process with the rest of the design team much simpler and straightforward. The model allowed us to identify any clashes between MEP and structural elements.
In order to deliver the most efficient construction programme within a tight timeframe, we had a flexible approach to the project plan. We undertook detailed studies to compare different basement and foundation designs against cost, performance and speed of construction. The use of BIM also helped to achieve a fast track programme as it allowed us to quickly and efficiently communicate design ideas. This method also allowed us to make changes speedily and share them with the team.
Our joined-up approach to the structural design of the TETRIS development allowed all services to integrate seamlessly, bringing together the visions of multiple services and stakeholders. We enabled the client to plan a fast track, high quality development in the heart of Berlin.
Services and approach
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