Funke Media Office, Essen, Germany

Structures Analysed with Dlubal Software

  • Customer project

Customer Project

The Funke Media Group, headquartered in Essen, Germany, initiated a new corporate headquarters construction project to accommodate around 1,000 employees at an important traffic junction in the city center. The three-building complex includes a total area of 398,265 ft² in addition to a 300-car parking garage.

Investor KK Berliner Platz 1 Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG
Rüttenscheider Straße 62
45130 Essen, Germany
General Contractors - Joint Venture AllesWirdGut Architektur ZT GmbH, Vienna, Austria
www.awg.at

FCP - Fritsch, Chiari & Partner ZT GmbH
(Structural Engineering, Project Management, Vibration Analysis)
www.fcp.at

Model Data (with Bored Piles)

Model

For this award-winning architectural project, FCP was hired as the general contractor in a joint venture with AllesWirdGut Architektur. Construction began at the end of 2015, with completion in January 2019.

The Funke Media office includes an elongated double structure with a connecting bridge tunnel as well as a circular media tower with a supplementary steel structure and media façade. The buildings, with 6 to 7 aboveground stories, are designed as framed structures consisting of reinforced concrete flat slabs, columns, and shear walls in the access zones.

The unique architectural design elements are the V-shaped columns on the double structure ground floor. The SB3 quality V-shaped columns give the impression of a "floating" monolithic structure on this open story. For this design, the V-shaped columns intersect the building’s orthogonal support beams, which required massive steel components. Additionally, the columns’ reinforcement, their connections, and reaching concrete design strength class C50/60 were extremely complex challenges. To tackle this issue, the building company created a preliminary design of the V-shaped columns to determine potential issues (formwork, reinforcement installation, concrete compaction, etc.) and create a design plan for optimal results.

A shallow subway structure (tunnel and emergency exit) located under the building posed another technical challenge. A combined pile-raft foundation (KPP) was needed to meet the allowable soil pressure and more importantly, to minimize building settlement. To limit settlement, the 47 in diameter bored piles along the subway structure (soil covering only 3 ft from the lower edge of the floor slab) were extended to a rigid soil layer depth to serve as a "rigid abutment". Regular (nightly) survey control work in the subway tunnel monitored settlement calculations. To prevent vibration, measures were taken close to the emergency exit.

The foundation, as well as the complexity of the supporting structure, were particular challenges in both the planning and design phases. This required advanced engineering knowledge to minimize construction time and costs.

Project Location

Friedrichstrasse 34-38
45128 Essen

Write Comment...

Write Comment...

  • Views 1335x
  • Updated 15 July 2021

Contact us

Contact Dlubal

Do you have questions or need advice?
Contact our free e-mail, chat, or forum support or find various suggested solutions and useful tips on our FAQ page.

+49 9673 9203 0

info@dlubal.com

Online Training | English

Eurocode 2 | Concrete Structures According to DIN EN 1992-1-1

Online Training 3 December 2021 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM CET

Online Training | English

Eurocode 2 | Concrete Structures According to DIN EN 1992-1-1

Online Training 3 December 2021 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM CET

Event Invitation

NCSEA Structural Engineering Summit

Conference 15 February 2022 - 16 February 2022

Event Invitation

2022 NASCC: The Steel Conference

Conference 23 March 2022 - 25 March 2022

Event Invitation

International Mass Timber Conference

Conference 12 April 2022 - 14 April 2022

Event Invitation

Structures Congress 2022

Conference 21 April 2022 - 22 April 2022

Introduction to the new RFEM 6

Introduction to the New RFEM 6

Webinar 11 November 2021 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST

Glass Design with Dlubal Software

Glass Design with Dlubal Software

Webinar 8 June 2021 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Blast Time History Analysis in RFEM

Blast Time History Analysis in RFEM

Webinar 13 May 2021 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST

Timber Structures | Part 2: Design

Timber Beam and Surface Structures | Part 2: Design

Webinar 11 May 2021 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Plate and Shell Buckling Utilizing Dlubal Software

Plate and Shell Buckling Utilizing Dlubal Software

Webinar 30 March 2021 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

CSA S16: 19 Steel Design in RFEM

CSA S16:19 Steel Design in RFEM

Webinar 10 March 2021 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST

The Most Common User Errors With RFEM and RSTAB

The Most Common User Errors With RFEM and RSTAB

Webinar 4 February 2021 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM CET

Member Design According to ADM 2020 in RFEM

ADM 2020 Member Design in RFEM

Webinar 19 January 2021 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST

Dlubal Info Day

Dlubal Info Day Online | 15 December 2020

Webinar 15 December 2020 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM CET

Stability Design in Steel Construction with RFEM and RSTAB

Stability Design in Steel Construction with RFEM and RSTAB

Webinar 1 December 2020 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM CET

FEM - Troubleshooting and Optimisation in RFEM

FEA Troubleshooting and Optimization in RFEM

Webinar 11 November 2020 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST

Soil-Structure Interaction in RFEM

Soil-Structure Interaction in RFEM

Webinar 27 October 2020 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM CET

RFEM 5
RFEM

Main Program

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

Price of First License
3,540.00 USD
RFEM 5
RF-CONCRETE

Add-on Module

Design of reinforced concrete members and surfaces (plates, walls, planar structures, shells)

Price of First License
810.00 USD