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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To perform deflection analysis in the right manner, it is important to “inform” the program about the exact support conditions of the element of interest. The definition of design supports in RFEM 6 will be shown for a reinforced concrete member set.
Entire 3D Model of Markas Headquarters (Left) and Truss Connection Stress Analysis in RFEM (Right, © ATP)
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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