Organ Basilika

Construction in an existing building, minimal structure, protected as a world heritage site, anchoring with stainless steel grouted anchors.
Client: 
Landesbetrieb, Liegenschafts- und Baubetreuung
Architect: 
Auer + Weber + Assoziierte
Country: 
Germany
City: 
Trier
Completion: 
2015
Caption: 
Auer+Weber+Assoziierte / Roland Halbe Fotografie

The Basilica of Constantine the Saviour in Trier is a Protestant church and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The largest surviving enclosed space without pillars from antiquity houses the world’s only Protestant church in a building dating back to Roman times.
The structural concept developed by Knippers Helbig Advanced Engineering together with Carlo Weber – as part of an invitation-only architecture competition with well-known participants– blends almost seamlessly and gently into the overall design and reduces the interference with the original structure to an absolute minimum.
The particular challenge was to design a structure which is virtually invisible, does not require supporting beams and yet transfers the additional load of the new organ (approx. 320 kN) securely, gradually and cost-effectively to the historic building.
The organ consists of three parts each suspended from the existing building structure by a rigid steel frame.

Projektnummer: 
0299