This study was carried out for the design of an information box for the construction site of Vienna Central Station. The structure was to be raised 22 meters above ground level. Options for load transfer to the ground were severely limited by underground sewers, a parking lot and a bus terminal. Although the steel structure of the box was planned as a regular steel grid, the limited surfaces suitable for laying the foundations made it impossible to set the supports at regular intervals. In addition, the several planned levels linked by staircases were not to be pierced by structural elements. Against the backdrop of these boundary conditions, a generative process was used to develop a complex three-dimensional structure that would be not only structurally effective, but also a fundamental element of the architectural design.
Architecture: Michael Wallraff, Vienna
Structural Design and Engineering: Bollinger Grohmann Schneider, Vienna
Location: Vienna, Austria
Year: 2008 – 2011