Project Description

Design development and optimization for complex architecture

The Danish Building and Property Agency is building the New Natural History Museum, which will bring together the Zoological, Geological and Botanical Museums in a single museum complex, when it is completed in 2020. A central element of the new museum is Oceansalen, a unique lattice-shell structure designed to host the collection of whale skeletons.

CN3 has contributed to the development of a series of detailed solutions for the complex building envelope. These are to be built with overlapping glass panels, of which some will carry ventilation functions and at the same time constitute an insulated envelope. The bearing structure is completed as a lattice-shell structure with bolted jointing. In the tender phase, CN3 conducted a parametric structural analysis with the view of minimizing material usage. This resulted in a range of proposals for optimizations, which were evaluated in terms of constructability, aesthetics and price, to create the best fit for the bid.

REFERENCE DATA
CLIENT: Danish Building and Property Agency
ARCHITECT: Lundgaard & Tranberg
ENGINEER: EKJ
CONTRACTOR: Skandinaviska Glassystem
PHASE: Tender

SERVICES
Design development
Structural analysis
Optimization
Value engineering
Visualization