Nemetschek Structural User Contest 2013

19 X Nemetschek Structural User Contest 2013 - Category 1: Buildings 1 Nomination Category 1: Buildings Short description │Congress Centre The new Mons Congress Centre is a “design & build” project commissioned by the City of Mons as part of its programme for 2015 when it will be the European Capital of Culture. The building comprises several auditoria, multi-purpose halls, offices, a restaurant and underground parking. The main bearing structure is formed by curved and inclined concrete walls, termed “ribbons”, with their complex geometry following an ascending spiral. This arrangement allows great flexibility for the varied programme of the centre. These ribbons are constructed using a novel technique of flexible formwork panels. Some specific features of the structure are the following: Prestressed beams are used for the big spans around the roof glazing. The slabs are mostly prefabricated, either with precast planks or with hollow-core slabs. The meeting rooms are located on a mezzanine level which consists of a composite slab suspended from the curved ribbon walls. The viewing platform at the tip of the building is a light steel structure. All modelling was performed using Scia Engineer. NEY & Partners Lux Contact Giorgos Kailis Address 3, Rue du Fort Bourbon L-1249 Luxembourg, Luxembourg Phone +352 788131 Email [email protected] Website Ney & Partners is a structural engineering consultancy, established in Brussels. Since its creation in 1997, the office has worked with a pro-active view on the art of engineering through the integration of the different civil works disciplines. This integration and optimisation of structural elements aims to overcome the classic hierarchic assembly of constructive solutions. Innovative bridges, roof structures and works of art developed by our office most clearly express this vision. The construction project quality lies in the synthesis of specific design constraints. The structural aspect is of primary importance to this synthesis. From the very beginning of the design process, Ney & Partners conducts constant research for advanced engineering integration. In doing so, our position as an engineering consultancy goes beyond the standardised dimensioning of predefined technical solutions. Ney & Partners currently employs more than 45 civil engineers, architects and draughtsmen. Project information Owner Ville de Mons Architect Studio Daniel Libeskind General Contractor CIT Blaton Engineering Office NEY & Partners Location Mons, Belgium Construction Period 06/2012 to 03/2014