Forum Gold and Silver in Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany

The construction of a building with a spectacular facade was completed in the German town of Schwäbisch Gmünd for the 2014 State Garden Show (Landesgartenschau).

The project of the local association for noble metals is supposed to emphasize the reputation of the "gold and silver" town.

The following data refer to the facade construction.

Length: ~ 82 ft | Width: ~ 82 ft | Height: ~ 82 ft | Weight: ~ 61 t
Number of Nodes: 811 | Members: 1,276 | Materials: 2 | Cross-sections: 7

The house is intended to be used as a place for presentations and events which are associated with matters of gold and silver as well as design.

The design of the building was commissioned by the German planning office isin architekten after winning the design competition. The German engineering office Klöckner carried out the structural calculation of the facade's supporting structure using RSTAB. They used RFEM for the facade cassettes. In connection with a wind report created by the German I.F.I. Institute for Industrial Aerodynamics, the wind loads to be applied were determined with a model put in a wind tunnel.

Facade Structure

The facade envelops the building like a coat made of gold leaf. But in reality, the approximately 800 facade plates of 4.9 ft x 4.9 ft consist of an aluminum alloy that is coated on both sides with DURAFLON®, a FEVE stove enamel finish for facades.

The steel supporting structure of the facade consists of 1,276 members altogether, with steel grades of S 235 and S 355. It is fixed to the building at 80 points. Ten round pipe columns of d=6.2 inches bear the majority of the vertical loads.

The RSTAB add-on module STEEL EC3 was used for the calculation. The facade cassettes with a thickness of 0.11 inches were calculated using the RFEM modules RF‑IMP, RF‑STABILITY, and RF‑STEEL Surfaces.

The cassettes are stiffened in the field by aluminum edge profiles. These were designed in RF‑ALUMINUM.

Structural Engineering Structural Analysis for Facade Structure
Ingenieurbüro Klöckner GmbH, Nistertal, Germany
Construction Facade
EBENER GmbH Fassaden-Profiltechnik, Bad Marienberg, Germany

Steel Structure
SWW Stahlbau Westerwald, Heiligenrot, Germany
Architect isin architekten, Aalen, Germany
Investor Edelmetallverband Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany
Carpenter Lifteam

Project Specifications

Model Data

Number of Nodes 811
Number of Members 1276
Number of Load Cases 14
Number of Load Combinations 2
Number of Result Combinations 247
Total Weight 54.497 tons
Dimensions (Metric) 25.172 x 24.972 x 25.499 m
Dimensions (Imperial) 82.59 x 81.93 x 83.66 feet
Program Version 8.02.00

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