The reception building in Dinosaur Park Kleinwelka near Bautzen, Germany has a total height of 72 ft and resembles mitosis. Mitosis is a type of cell division and the origin of life. The bionic steel structure consists of a total of 1,389 tubular steel members, each connected in 269 nodes.

A total of ~ 92.594 tons of steel were used for the project. The translucent roof, with a total surface area of approximately 24,757 ft², was realized using 463 ETFE foil cushions.

In addition to the entrance area, a souvenir shop, restrooms, adventure area, and a gallery are available in the building. Visitors will also notice a colossal Spinosaurus welcoming them at the main entrance.

Stahlbau Hahner GmbH from Petersberg and rimpf Architektur from Hamburg were honored for the construction at the "Deutscher Verzinkerpreis 2017" (3rd prize in architecture). The engineers of zapf & co. from Strausberg, Germany were responsible for the structural analysis of the steel structure and the foil cushions. The spatial structure was analyzed in RSTAB and the cushions in Easy.

The "Mitoseum" is a spectacular and at the same time eco-friendly lightweight steel and membrane construction.

Structural Design:
zapf & co. - Structural Engineering GmbH, Strausberg

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Bionic Steel Structure

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Number of Nodes 3452
Number of Lines 3920
Number of Members 3920
Number of Surfaces 0
Number of Solids 0
Number of Load Cases 50
Number of Load Combinations 95
Number of Result Combinations 0
Total Weight 35.643 tons
Dimensions 148.44 x 74.66 x 83.1 feet
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