HeidelbergCement Heidelberg Germany
HeidelbergCement, bright white!
In the German town of Heidelberg is the new head office of one of the world’s largest cement companies. The design makes it a true eye catcher due to its bright white finish and artistic appearance, full of wonderful shapes.
Completion: soon Client: HeidelbergCement
HeidelbergCement Heidelberg Germany
HeidelbergCement, bright white!
In the German town of Heidelberg is the new head office of one of the world’s largest cement companies. The design makes it a true eye catcher due to its bright white finish and artistic appearance, full of wonderful shapes.
Completion:
soon
Client:
HeidelbergCement

1. The project: HeidelbergCement

The head office of one of the world’s largest cement companies covers an impressive 49,000m². Byldis made the precast facade elements for the building that houses 1000 employees. Our first project in Germany as Byldis! A truly prestigious project!

2. Why was Byldis chosen?

Byldis was chosen for the HeidelbergCement project due to the high quality demands for the elements. The complex design of the building and the experience Byldis has with similar projects in this field are also reasons that Byldis was chosen.

Furthermore, the building is also unique in terms of colour. It is bright white! The white colour of the facade elements was achieved by using white cement with TX Active®. TX Active® breaks down NOx through integrated photocatalysis. The presence of titanium dioxide nanoparticles in cement with TX Active® ensures that pollutants in the air are broken down by a photocatalytic reaction. It extracts nitrogen oxides from the air, which is beneficial for both humans and the environment. Photocatalysis is a natural phenomenon whereby the presence of light (UV-rays) causes a photocatalyst to increase the speed of a chemical reaction. The titanium dioxide plays the role of catalyst here and can repeat the reaction process over and over again.

"Special concrete mixture better for the people and the environment"

3. Challenges & solutions

Automated reinforcement
Several facade elements were not only curved, but also designed as corner elements. Applying pre-production and advanced engineering for the reinforcement, we made maximum use of automated reinforcement components from the reinforcement machine in our own factory.

Homogenous and dense
The client’s objective was to realise facade elements with a structure as homogenous and dense as possible. This meant as few pores as possible in the concrete. So we started by carefully thinking about the interplay of forces between the water cement factor, workability, water, cement and excipient. Byldis eventually found the right balance by lowering the water cement factor and achieved better workability by using excipients. The quality of the raw materials was especially important in order to achieve the right homogeneity in terms of colour of the elements. We did not want to see a difference between elements produced now and those produced in a few months’ time, as they could quite easily be installed next to each other in the facade. Throughout the entire production phase, we therefore carefully controlled the clarity of the concrete. It was agreed with the client that the clarity of the concrete surface would not drop below a value of 85. This was checked by measuring the clarity of the concrete surface after each element had dried, using a special 3D camera. 

Ornamental concrete
However, these elements had to be handled with extra care due to the bright white colour. We wanted them to stay really white. People are normally allowed to touch the concrete in the factory, but this time there were warning signs with the message: ‘Beware, ornamental concrete’.

Special shapes
The canopy elements at the entrance to the building are exceptional in terms of shape. This non-standard shape presented several challenges throughout the process. The architect provided the main shape of the awning element from the design model as an IFC file. Byldis Engineering imported this geometry into Tekla and then processed the awning element so that it was feasible in terms of technical production. The team communicated using the 3D models. The structural engineer’s reinforcement principle was translated into a complete reinforcement model for the reinforcement mesh. This was then used to automatically control the machine for the production of the reinforcement. These three special awning elements were fitted into place at the entrance to the HeidelbergCement building in December 2019, thus completing the building.

4. Facts & figures

We produced the single-scale concrete facade for HeidelbergCement. In total this consisted of approx. 1000 bright white facade elements with special and complex shapes.

 The project

 office building for one of the world's largest cement companies

 Project size

 49.000 m2 floor area

 Byldis contribution

  • approx. 1000 facade elements in striking shapes
  • installation using multiple cranes and installation teams 

 Byldis expertise involved

 Prefab

 Start of production Byldis

 October 2018

 Start of assembly Byldis

 February 2019

 Completion Byldis

 April 2020

 Client

 HeidelbergCement

 Architect(s)

 Albert Speer & Partners Frankfurt am Main

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7,000 m2

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