Markas Headquarters in Bolzano, Italy
ATP architekten ingenieure, in collaboration with Kauer Ingenieure, designed a spectacular building with an external supporting structure utilizing BIM.
Markas S.r.l., Bolzano, Italy
|Architecture, Structural Design, Technical Building Equipment Planning||
ATP architekten ingenieure, Innsbruck, Austria
KTB, Bolzano, Italy
Unionbau, Sand in Taufers, Italy
The structure, which is over 131 ft high, serves as the new headquarters for the service company Markas, located in Bolzano. Markas initiated the design project bid in 2016 and ATP presented the winning bid. It was the first building in Italy to receive the prestigious WELL Gold certification.
In addition to the architectural and structural design, ATP was responsible for planning the building’s technical equipment. ATP’s engineers utilized the RFEM finite element program to perform the structural analysis.
The V-shaped truss façade forms the main supporting structure in combination with the central access towers. The truss façade dominates the exterior view and allows for a column-free design and an open-floor layout.
The hybrid of reinforced concrete and steel members supports the entire building at the connection points. The external structure is exposed to extreme temperature differences, especially during the winter months. Therefore, the hybrid construction proved to be the optimal solution for the structural and fire protection requirements. The composite window façade with glass railings forms the building envelope and includes an offset distance of 7.87 in to the outer truss.
The structural design provides unobstructed office layouts and offers employees a panoramic view over the adjacent buildings to the picturesque Bolzano scenery.
Project LocationSchlachthofstrasse 61
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This article compares the design with the one in the following article: Design of Concrete Columns Subjected to Axial Compression with RF-CONCRETE Members. It is therefore about taking exactly the same theoretical application carried out in RF-CONCRETE Members and reproducing it in RF-CONCRETE Columns. Thus, the objective is to compare the different input parameters and the results obtained by the two add-on modules for the design of column-like concrete members.
3D Entire Model Markas Headquarters (Left) and Truss Connection Stress Analysis in RFEM (Right, © ATP)
The material model Orthotropic Masonry 2D is an elastoplastic model that additionally allows softening of the material, which can be different in the local x- and y-direction of a surface. The material model is suitable for (unreinforced) masonry walls with in-plane loads.
- When comparing RF‑CONCRETE Columns with another design software, I get different results. How to explain the differences?
- Is it possible to perform design without an additional reinforcement in RF‑CONCRETE Surfaces?
- My aim is to mesh a circular hole plate in a mapped way. Is such a meshing possible in RFEM?
I have installed Halfen HDB 13.60 on my PC. The version does not seem to be compatible with RF-PUNCH Pro anymore. The interface does not work. I am using version 5.26.02 of RFEM.
- When solving a foundation slab under a circular tank, I do not see the contact stress in the middle of the surface. What could be the reason for this?
The design criterion for VEd/VRd,c is displayed as governing, although there should be a shear reinforcement designed. Also, the design of VEd/VRds is missing. Why is that?
- Which calculation method is the basis for the stability analysis in RF‑CONCRETE Columns?
- Is it possible to enter a curtailed reinforcement in RF‑CONCRETE Columns?
- Is it possible to divide a free surface load by the existing lines in RFEM?
- I obtain different results when comparing the deformation analysis in the RF‑CONCRETE add-on modules and another calculation program. What could be the reason for this?
Programs Used for Structural Analysis
Structural engineering software for finite element analysis (FEA) of planar and spatial structural systems consisting of plates, walls, shells, members (beams), solids and contact elements
Design of reinforced concrete members and surfaces (plates, walls, planar structures, shells)
Physical and geometrical nonlinear calculation of beam and plate structures consisting of reinforced concrete
Stress analysis of steel surfaces and members