HENN sets the foundation for the world’s first carbon concrete building

HENN sets the foundation for the world’s first carbon concrete building

23 Apr 2020 News

HENN’s original concept for The Cube is poised to become the world’s first carbon concrete building. Located at the Technical University of Dresden, the experimental building of 220 m2 combines a laboratory with event rooms within a fluid, sculptural form.

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Reinforced concrete is currently the world’s most used building material, but unfortunately resource-intensive and polluting at the same time. Made with carbon fibres dispersed throughout, carbon concrete is light and robust, and further offers to reduce construction emissions dramatically. It also offers flexibility of form as a material.

Credit: HENN

The textile nature of carbon fibre is certainly present in the fluid merging of the Cube’s ceiling and walls into a single form. The roof is opened up by a skylight, which additionally emphasizes the basic organic shape of the building.

Credit: HENN

The development of this experimental building was the result of a complex process involving Professor Manfred Curbach and his Institute for Solid Construction at the TU Dresden, as well as designers, architects and experts for material performance, visualizers and model builders from architectural office HENN. The design process was an open one in which multiple types of expertise and technical test runs simultaneously interacted, in what is both an innovative research experiment and an artistic project.

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