High Performance, Economical & Sustainable Biocomposite Building Materials

Arup GmbH


Arup GmbH is part of the global engineering network of Arup, one of the biggest engineering firms with over 10,000 employees worldwide. Arup GmbH with its headquarters in Berlin and further offices in Frankfurt and Düsseldorf is linked to over 90 offices worldwide. Set up in 1991 Arup GmbH has been involved in some of the most outstanding construction projects in Germany, such as Potsdamer Platz, Berlin, the European Central Bank and the Allianz Arena, Munich. Arup GmbH with approximately 140 employees is recognised as one of the most versatile and innovative engineering practices in Germany. Their major clients are architects as well as project developers and private investors.

The core disciplines are structural and building services engineering. However their passion for detailed solutions has seen the evolution of many specialist disciplines: façade and architectural engineering, fire, lighting design, building physics, materials consulting, thermal simulations and computed fluid dynamics (CFD).

Arup’s role in the project will be in the engineering specification and testing of the biocomposite construction systems developed within the project, and they will also be key to the update of the project results in the future. Providing specialist consulting and engineering services Arup GmbH is ideally positioned to communicate applications of new material and system developments to our clients. Through the global network Arup GmbH is able to promote biocomposite building materials to the project manager of over 10,000 concurrent projects.

Arup’s experience in innovative composite materials includes:

  • CHANEL mobile art pavilion (2006-2009): Freeform travelling art pavilion designed by Zaha Hadid Architects featuring over 400 uniquely shaped composite cladding panels. Arup provided full engineering services from concept design to installation (structure design, MEP, facade engineering, materials consulting, fire engineering, etc.).
  • Oxford Middle East Center (2008- ongoing): Concept to detailed design of freeform composite roof cladding for Middle East Center in Oxford, UK. Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects.
  • Thin environmental cladding (TEC, 2007- ongoing): Arup led product development of unitised curtain walling system out of GFRP pultrusions within international consortium together with Permasteelisa (I), Fiberline (DK) and 3XN Architects (DK).
  • Land of ideas (2006): Arup led product development for 16 unique freeform composite sandwich sculptures for the FIFA World Championship in Germany according to design from Scholz & Friends.





This project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 285689.