Lufthansa Aviation Center

The Lufthansa Aviation Center with its comb-shaped structure having ten ‘fingers’ and provides accommodation for 1650 staff. The fingers of the building are roofed by double-curved reinforced concrete shells; the atrium roofs consist of double-curved steel grid shells. To achieve maximum transparency, the external façade of each atrium is designed as a cable façade whose only load-bearing elements are vertically tensioned cables. Point-mounted glass panels are fixed between these cables. The façade sections which may be up to 25 metres high, can be deflected by up to 400 mm under wind load.

Architecture
Ingenhoven Architekten, Düsseldorf/Germany

Planning time
2000 − 2002

Construction time
2001 − 2006

Services by Werner Sobek
Structural engineering of loadbearing structure, facades and special structures (WP 1 − 8 acc. to § 64 HOAI)

GFA
130,000 m²

Client
Deutsche Lufthansa AG, Cologne/Germany

Photography
HG Esch, Hennef/Germany

Awards
Gestaltungspreis der Wüstenrot Stiftung 2008

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