Neue Burg
Residential Buildings

  • Client:
    Neuland Wohnungsgesellschaft mbH, Wolfsburg
  • Architect: KSP-Jürgen Engel Architekten, Braunschweig
  • 7 high-quality residental buildings
  • Ventilation ducts integrated into ceilings
  • Facade elements with wooden frames, increased sound protection
  • Projections and retaining constructions
  • GFA: c. 15,500 m²
    Time: 2015 - 2016
    Building costs: c. 27 mill. EUR
  • Our scope:
    structural engineering, planning of building pit

New Development in an Old Quarter.

A final component has rounded out the reshaping of the old-established "Burg" residential quarter in Wolfsburg’s Detmerode district. "Neue Burg" (New Burg) comprises seven high-quality apartment blocks with a total of more than 90 residential units. They also bring a bakery as well as space for care services and communal rooms into the quarter.

The original concept for the new buildings proposed an innovative timber hybrid structure which would largely consist of load-bearing timber facade elements and a reinforced concrete building core. In the course of the planning it became clear that this form of construction would not meet the necessary building regulations for reasons of fire safety.

Without further ado, we adapted the structure to the regulatory requirements. It still largely avoids the use of massive building components in the exterior facade. The structural loading is now concentrated on the building’s interior. The exterior facade is planned as non-load-bearing, pre-installed timber framework in order to make speedy progress in construction and achieve good heat insulation properties. Ventilation and air extraction systems for all rooms are integrated into the slender stainless steel ceilings. The chosen structural concept also continues to fulfil the buildings’ high demands in terms of thermal insulation and soundproofing.

And we are sticking to our course. Our commitment to innovative forms of construction is unbroken. The next time such an opportunity arises, we will again be fearless in the adoption of new approaches.