GREGOR ZIMMERMANN

Herzliche Einladung zu den Veranstaltungen der Städelschule!

the Architecture Class presents:

Designed Materiality - Public Lecture Series Winter Semester 2007-8
a series of lectures addressing the contemporary status of architecture in relation to material and design technologies.

Gregor Zimmermann, GTecz: Two Case Studies: Materiality - Geometry
Thursday, 10 January, 19h, Portikus, Alte Brücke 2 / Maininsel

Alle Veranstaltungen der Architekturklasse finden in englischer Sprache statt.

On this coming Thursday, Gregor Zimmermann, engineer and partner in G.tecz based in Kassel, gives a lecture in the Theatre of Immanence in Portikus on topics related to materials and geometry.

After studying civil engineering in Karlsruhe and working for the firm, Ingenieurplanung Leichtbau, Zimmermann recently completed his Ph.D. at Kassel University on the topic of membrane concrete grid shells. With partner, Thomas Teichmann, he set up the firm, G.tecz (German technologies and engineering concepts) in 2007, specialising in material and construction know-how related to these specific concrete structures.

Previous projects by Zimmermann includes the engineering design for the football stadium in Mönchengladbach for Ingenieurplanung Leichtbau and D-Tower for Bollinger & Grohmann, the latter with architectural design by Lars Spuybroek/NOX and the artist Q.S. Serafijn.

Zimmermann’s lecture spans between the fixed geometric premise set by the architecture of the D-Tower and new types of design environment wherein material systems allows for new forms of geometry and construction to emerge. In the case of the D-Tower, the engineering design must optimise a given, fixed geometry through a clever engagement of materials. The ten metre high D-Tower in Doetinchem (NL) was realised with pre-fabricated composite panels with a sectional thickness varying from 3 to 9 mm. The composite panels were made from glass-fibre and epoxy.

The other, more radical approach is to let select material systems influence and guide the architectural design process. In these cases, engineering and architectural design are confluent without collapsing into one another, and the project geometry is an emergent property given by the material properties and design intentions, not an a priori result of isolated design intentions.

Zimmermann’s lecture includes examples of both strategies and sets out one of the fundamental challenges to contemporary architecture and construction practices.

The Städelschule Architecture Class Lecture Series is supported by the Architekten- und Stadtplanerkammer Hessen.