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Constructions

The main objective in our consulting is to integrate the structure into the integral design. We pay close attention to analyzing the design requirements: what does the client want, what does the architect want? In doing so, we are constantly looking for creative and innovative solutions. Solutions for existing buildings and new construction, mostly high-end and complex structures, always with attention to sustainability and the latest (digital) techniques.

Structural design

Designing does not stop at providing functional needs. At times designing is to attract attention, surprise. These include slim structures that you don’t notice at first glance, or hybrid structures where we combine the strong qualities of two materials. Façade columns of the new Amsterdam District Court were made narrower to match the architectural image, while maintaining building physics requirements of insulation and daylight. This is not just a matter of determining the limits of technology, but more importantly how these limits can be moved in a constructively and financially responsible manner.

Durable structures

ABT believes in designs making active contributions to circularity and sustainability in order to reduce the environmental impact. We do this by ample research into new materials, more efficient material applications, implementation methods and employing high-quality calculation techniques.

The modular wooden structure of the Natural Pavillion in Almere was developed with minimal CO2 impact and maximum flexibility. The remountable module allows the erection of buildings up to 70 meters tall. At Forum Groningen, the first self-supporting hybrid reinforced (fibres and rods) concrete floors were realized as a new material application, and high-quality calculation techniques were used to make the building earthquake-safe, without any concessions to the original design.

In practice, this investment pays off: by designing and executing a structure as efficiently as possible, the realization costs are often much lower. At the National Military Museum, we used computational solutions to reduce 40% of steel consumption.

Projects

Forum Groningen

Forum Groningen

Forum Groningen is an iconic cultural complex consisting of eleven floors. Below the building is a five basement parking garage consisting of approximately four hundred parking spaces and 1,500 bicycle parking spaces. ABT played an important role in realizing the principles of the architectural concept.

Jakoba Mulderhuis

Jakoba Mulderhuis

The future-proof and sustainable Jakoba Mulder House of the Amsterdam College Hogeschool van Amsterdam (HvA) is the final piece of the Amstel Campus. This new building will accommodate 6,000 to 7,000 students from the Faculty of Engineering and include about 25,000 square meters of educational program. ABT, along with BREED Integrated Design, provided the structural design and was responsible for geotechnical consulting.

Renovation Museum Arnhem

Renovation Museum Arnhem

Museum Arnhem temporarily closed its doors in 2017 for a large-scale renovation. The museum was partially demolished, partially renovated and new construction took place. The new building involved one above-ground level and two underground levels (three in total). ABT provided the implementation design for the museum's structure and foundation.
Binnenhof

Renovation of the Binnenhof

Renovation of the Binnenhof

The large-scale renovation of the Binnenhof, home of the Dutch parliament is underway. The heart of our democracy is being adapted to the demands of the new era. Commissioned by the Central Government Real Estate Agency, ABT is providing the structural, geotechnical and engineering design for the building parts of the Council of State, and the structural and geotechnical design for the building parts of the Senate.
The Natural Pavilion

The Natural Pavilion

The Natural Pavilion

In The Natural Pavilion, ABT and a consortium of nearly 20 Dutch companies have shown that it is possible to build fully circular, bio-based, energy-neutral houses, schools and offices on an industrial scale and in close connection with nature.