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1st Prize - Franklin Bridge Mannheim

1st Prize - Franklin Bridge Mannheim! DKFS and Knippers Helbig Stuttgart won the international competition for the Franklinsteg . The elegant timber structure is as innovative as it is pivotal for the urban development of the Benjamin Franklin Village, a former US Barracks site. We think Mannheim is a great place for timber structures and feel honoured to have been chosen. Happy Days!

Lechsteg Munich ...Fabrication full steam underway!

Fabrication of the 135m - Lechsteg with its ultra thin deck is in fabrication and filling the full workshop in Ostrawa. Here the starting element at the north abutment of the integral Corten structure. DKFS delivered the execution planning and BIM services including full geometry control up to workshop model handover.  Lifting in of the full structure is planned for end of 2020/21. 

Promenaden Deck Erfurt -Successfully Tendered- Works on site starts!

DKFS have completed the execution planning mid year and now the project has been tendered successfully with SEH Engineering (Eiffage) as steelwork contractor. DKFS has carried out BIM services and full geometry control up to tender of the exciting and novel structure. With great engineering from SBP Stuttgart, works now start on site in October 2020! 

Emscher Silver Arrow! - Design complete and ready to go to tender

Design of  the 'Silver Arrow' (Silberpfeil) Castrop-Rauxel by Dortmund Germany complete! Next to BIM services and full geometry control of the challenging project  DKFS is also responsible for the light design for the exciting and totally unique bridge structure. Tender is fully prepared and expected to go out soon! 

Golden Bridge Peissenberg 'Peißenberg's Gold'

DKFS have been commissioned for the design of a new connection to bridge a valley in Peissenberg, Bavaria in one of the southernmost regions of Germany – The Pfaffenwinkel.  Located near the famous mountain ,Zugspitze, - Germany highest mountain- the structure connects two former communities . Its golden patina references the cultural heritage of the place as a mining community.

DKFS GO! Landsberg bridge site near Munich...

…and we were busy! The complex piling for Landsberg bridge is finished. In the foreground you can see an artificial island of pebbles that we built in to the glacier fed river Lech to have access to the central column location and lift the 135m bridge in. Thanks to  D&K Special Constructions for the footage!...great equipment!! Check it out here!

Contracts are signed! DKFS together with SP Frankfurt win international Competiton for Fechinger Bridge

1st Prize!! DKFS together with engineering expert Schüssler-Plan Frankfurt and leading landscape architects Gillespies from London have won 1st Prize for our proposal for the new Fechingen Valley Bridge. The important piece of infrastructure is also referred to as Germany's ‘Gate to France’. The new 450m long structure will replace the famous existing bridge on the skyline of the country's capital Saarbrücken. Emphasising the elegance and structural legibility of the developed ‘Twin Columns’ Steffen Bilger, Secretary of State for Infrastructure said: „The winning scheme for the new Fechinger Valley Bridge is an architectural milestone. The structure is of great importance as a node that connects Saarbrücken with Nuremburg leading far further beyond the borders of Germany to Paris and Prague.“ 
It was a tough competition with seven international high profile teams rivalling for this exciting project! Amongst them GMP from Hamburg as well as Leonhardt Andrä Stuttgart . We are honoured about the opportunity to add to the city’s skyline establishing DKFS’ clear position within the discourse of what modern infrastructure can be. 

Win! DKFS scores 2nd Place in the international competition for the new bridge over the Dalke Promenade in Gütersloh NRW Germany

2nd Place for DKFS together with Hubert Busler, Partner at MLP Munich. The jury lauded the design for the momentum it develops based on the precise structural logic, convincing as a modern interpretation of a promenade overpass: "The solution is simple yet astonishingly elegant, seemingly solving the complex problem with ease and transparency while emphasising the flow of forces." Great!

Commision for Heidelberg - Bridge over the Neckar !

DKFS have been commissioned for the design of the new, large span footbridge in Heidelberg with a connected urban walkway system through the adjoining quarter. The direct commission is one of five that have been awarded in the competition. The commissioned five teams will now develop their proposals to concept design stage where a final decision will be made about the project that will go to execution. We are in a team together with our friends and engineering experts form MLP Stuttgart. Happy Days!

DKFS are looking for new team members!

DKFS are looking for new team members! We are looking for Part 2, recently qualified Part 3 and project architects to join our team in London. We are a young practice with a strong teamwork ethos, keen to leave a mark on the current architectural landscape.
We have a fast expanding portfolio of exciting projects (including highly urban pedestrian bridges, skyline changing highway bridges and destination sea piers) across Europe, with live projects currently in Warsaw, Linz, Munich, Hamburg, Erfurt, Berlin and Frankfurt.  As an award-winning design-led office we are looking for the right candidates to work on a variety of live projects and on high profile competitions. Exceptional design and computer skills along with good technical understanding and a collaborative mind-set are crucial.
If you are interested please send your portfolio (pdf with work samples, CV and cover letter) to:

...and again! DKFS win 1st prize for their Silver Arrow

It certainly is competition season! DKFS have won the international competition for a new 430m bridge in Castrop-Rauxel near Essen Germany coined 'The Big Scarf’ by local press.  It was great working with our engineers SP Düsseldorf and Smeets Landscape architects on this. An exciting project as the innovative structural system spans over the existing Rhein-Herne Canal which in turn bridges over a river already on site. Our new bridge will feature the complex existing infrastructure project and connect to the banks with seating platforms. The international shortlist included practices such as Wilkinson Eyre UK and Feichtinger FR. Commendations go to sbp Berlin as well to Marc Mimram, Paris.  We share the win with winning group HRA Berlin as well as MLP/J2M from Munich and enter into a negotiation process. Happy Days!

1st Prize!

1st Place! Congrats to the DKFS team. Great working with MLP Engineering from Munich and Lex-Kerfers Landscape from Freising on this! Our competition entry for Roding Bridge has convinced the 20 head jury for the new infrastructure project in Roding Germany. Tough group of competitors amongst them sbp and Knippers Helbig. The bridge is part of a major flood wall and landscape integration  project which was also part of the competition. Happy Days!  

Competition Win _ 3rd Prize for Bridge in Eichstätt, Bavaria

DKFS together with MLP Munich (Hubert Busler) scored as one of the three winners in the competition for the new “Herzogsteg” in Eichstätt in Bavaria_ Germany.  Albeit its relative small size the international competition attracted proposals from leaders in their field up for the challenge. The new structure is in direct neighbourhood of the well-known Altmühlbrücke. The new bridge connects the historic centre of the beautiful city with the new developing east and the regional bus terminal. It has been picked by the jury for its efficient as well as elegant structure, which generates out of structural material logic as well as constraints of assembly. Its stainless steel skin adds a rather subtle quality with a light reflecting underside

DKFS shortlisted for Lustenau Football Stadium

DKFS has been shortlisted for the new Football Stadium in the Alps! The timberstructure sits within an interesting urban setting and uses cutting edge timber technology in an innovative way. The roof geometry is covered in for the region typical timber roof tiles while it twists and folds to optimise the viewers experience. 

Museum Bridge independently nominated for German Design Award!

DKFS's Museum Bridge in Luedenscheid by Dortmund Germany has been independently nominated for the prestigious German Design Award. The Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany (German: Designpreis der Bundesrepublik Deutschland) is the official design award for Germany presented by the German Ministry for Economics and Technology.  Great! We feel honoured!  

Structural Engineer: Werner Sobek Stuttgart 
Light Designer: Speirs & Major, London

DKFS are in the Top 15 of Competitionline's German Architectural Practice Ranking

DKFS has scored well this year in the German competitionline ranking. Due to a prolific and successful competition year we have have been ranked 15th out of more than 30.000 German architectural practices. Happy Days!

Linz EYE Bridge awarded

Our Linz EYE Bridge won the Austrian Award for its steel structure (OÖ Handwerkspreis). Fabricated by Riegler Metallbau the bridge was awarded for its outstanding structure and design forming a new part of the skyline of Linz in Austria as well as offering new vistas towards the city. 

DKFS win two international Competitions for Piers

DKFS together with Schüssler-Plan Berlin win two international competitions for pier structures in Scharbeutz and Haffkrug by Hamburg, Germany. Shown here the approx 300m pier in Scharbeutz with a 3-dimensional pier head structure forming an exciting platform for activities. It will replace the existing structure from mid last century. Scharbeutz is famous as the weekend destination for Hamburg's city dwellers and also for the Mercedes Benz SUP Cup where the new pier will serve as central piece of infrastructure for the event. It will host  exhibitions and be a platform for all who want to enjoy the sea.  

Engineering: Frank Ehrlicher, Lars Niessen, Schüssler-Plan Berlin

DKFS together with Mayr Ludescher Partner Munich unveil proposal for Bridge in Prague

DKFS together with the engineering expert Mayr Ludescher Partner, Munich unveil their proposal for Karlin Bridge in Prague. The new piece of infrastructure will link the center of Prague with the developing northern quarters. The innovative structural system reduces the necessary use of material to a minimum while generating an exciting and elegant by mirroring the flow of forces within the semi-integral system. 

Team: Dirk Krolikowski, Falko Schmitt, Ryan Blackford, Michael Scheuvens, Alex Bramhill, Hubert Busler, Burkhard Bös

Mayr Ludescher Partner 

DKFS together with the engineering expert Schüßler-Plan win Warsaw Bridge competition

DKFS together with the engineering expert Schüßler-Plan Warsaw won the international competition for the new Warsaw Bridge connecting the centre and old town of Warsaw with the Praga District to the east over the river Vistula. Once built it will be one of Europe’s longest footbridges. The competition held by the City of Warsaw for the almost 500m long pedestrian and cycle bridge attracted international attention with over 140 EOI and 40 final submissions.

The jury stated: “The winning proposal by DKFS and Schüßler-Plan is unusually elegant and timeless. It blends seamlessly into the existing city context and landscape. It is an original and unique structure, but at the same time manages to not compete with the distinctive context […].” 

Renata Kaznowska, the Deputy Major of Warsaw, said: “It was very important for us to choose what could be referred to as an architectural gem from the overwhelming response to the brief with high quality proposals. The chosen proposal however does not dominate its context, but fits seamlessly into the unique urban setting. It feels like it has always been there. “

More here

Team: Dirk Krolikowski, Falko Schmitt, Ryan Blackford, Michael Scheuvens, Alex Bramhill, Thomas Stein, Frank Ehrlicher, Justyna Grzesiak, Wioletta Zdziraska, Piotr Piotrkowicz, Andrzej Piniaha, Zbigniew Wichański

Schüssler Plan    

2nd in Radofzell at the Bodensee

DKFS together with Schüssler-Plan Frankfurt (Projekt Engineering Leads: Ingo Weißer & Thomas Niwinski ) won 2nd place in the competition for the design of a new bridge in Radofzell at the Bodensee in south Germany.  DKFS with Schuessler- Plan will be invited for negotiation procedure to build new structure on the border to Switzerland.  

The new bridge connects the historic center of Radofzell with the shore of the Bodensee. It is an efficient as well as elegant structure, which is held by two torsion boxes on the inside of the gently sloping access ramps doubling as bench. The ramp facing the lake forms a balcony over the water from where the passer-by can enjoy views across the lake towards the Swiss alps.

The international competition attracted proposals from leaders in their field like Wilkinson Eyre Architects and Schlaich Bergermann und Partner, Stuttgart. Negotiations are intended to start soon. 

Team: Dirk Krolikowski, Falko Schmitt, Ryan Blackford, Michael Scheuvens, Alex Bramhill, Ingo Weißer, Thomas Niwinski

Schüssler Plan    

WINNER : 1st Prize DKFS together with Schlaich Bergermann Partner SBP Stuttgart and SINAI Landscape Berlin

DKFS together with Schlaich Bergermann Partner SBP (Partner: Sven Plieninger) and the landscape architects SINAI from Berlin, won 1st Prize in the competition for the design of a new bridge in Erfurt. The pedestrian and cycle bridge replaces an existing construction built in GDR times. The new link, coined the “The Peg” by local press,  is an important part of the planned expansion of Erfurt's city center related to the district development of “ICE-City”.

The international competition attracted entries from leaders in their field like Wilkinson Eyre Architects, London and Dietmar Feichtinger Architects, Paris.

The fanning steel structure provides a short and a long side, offering pedestrians and cyclists barrier-free crossing of the so-called Gera-Flutgraben or the busy avenue Stauffenbergallee with a provision for a tramway. Wide steps and panoramic stairways provide views over the area’s greenery. Concept Design is intended to start soon. 

Schlaich Bergermann Partner, Stuttgart
SINAI, Berlin                                    

DKFS shortlisted for Völklinger Hütte UNESCO World Heritage Museum

DKFS unveils their proposal for the Völklinger Hütte a UNESCO World Heritage site. The bridge like structure is an addition to a historical water tower used to cool the steel during fabrication. The international competition attracted more than 120 entries. DKFS have been amongst the shortlisted four practices and became 2nd after the negotiating procedure. 

Landsberg Bridge Design starts

The contracts for the design of the new bridge in Landsberg am Lech by Munich are signed. DKFS together with the engineering expert Mayr I Ludescher I Partner (Partner: Hubert Busler) from Munich will work towards finishing concept design for the 150m structure by the end of the year. Once finished it will be one of Europe’s largest weathered steel structures.

More Images of DKFS' Museum Bridge in Lüdenscheid

The clear structural diagram of DKFS' Museum Bridge is expressed in the details of the bridge throughout. The underside of the deck, clearly visible to users of buses and trains as well as the passer-by is recognized as a fifth elevation of the structure. Craftsmanship and structural engineering is obvious and can be enjoyed. While the two main shear links clearly express themselves and their structural relationship to the arch structure the hangers are simply pinned to gussets emerging every 4m from a transversal deck beams. They add to the exciting tectonic of the steel plate deck and underside of the bridge. The in section diamond shaped arches (squashed hexagon) vary width, height and steel plate thickness. The later had to be limited to 30mm to allow for effortless bending of plates as the resulting plates of the arch geometry have a subtle double curvature. Great attention to the way of prepping the plates has led to extraordinary sharp and clean leading edges of the arches making them a piece of art and astonishing craftsmanship in themselves.
The balustrade is made of a frame system filled with black polymer coated stainless steel mesh minimizing visual interruption. It has been designed as a system which is made of a kit of parts that allows for the integration of elements such as conduits. All of the elements of the deck and lift structure are kept in black colour while the arch structure is white.

Architect: DKFS
Engineers:   Concept: Jane Wernick Associates, London PE Colin Jackson / late stages: Werner Sobek Stuttgart
Light: Speirs+Majors, Designers working with light, London

DKFS Museum Bridge

DKFS' Museum Bridge is fully operational and we just got new drone footage of the slender structure. More photos soon!

DKFS EYE bridge assembly time laps

DKFS EYE Bridge installation Linz, AT. Watch the timelaps of the instalation  (feat. Dave Bowman)

Geneva Museum of Archaeology - Bastion Saint Antoine

DKFS together with Kurt Aellen Berne in cooperation with ARCORA I INGEROP Paris and GEOS Geneve unveil the proposal for the extension of the Museum of Archaeology in Geneva, CH. 

The new part of the archaeological Museum for the city of Geneva is a roof structure which covers the excavation zone of the historic city walls. In addition the new museum includes a large exhibition space displaying all excavated items and an educational centre. While the roof is a symbol of the place it at the same time is suspended in between being a part of the landscape and structure in itself. It is tracing the complex plan geometry of the Bastion St. Antoine and is folded up where the entrance with all vertical circulation to the excavation level is located. The underground exhibition chamber will be dug in-between the medieval city walls which will form the walls of the exhibition room. The simple structural system of the roof is ideal to cope with the complex boundary parameters such as the irregular grid of the columns located in the sensitive excavation zone. The simple timber structure also serves as support for a suspended pathway which spirals down into the space. The building generates itself out of the complex boundary parameters of the site located in the heart of the historic centre of Geneva inviting the curious visitor to explore further.

Architect: DKFS with Kurt Aellen Berne
Consultants:  ARCORA Paris PE: Emmanuel Viglino, Yon Chau
GEOS Geneve    PE:  Laurent Cassan, Jean-Baptiste Peaud
Landscape: Latz + Partner, Munich  PA: Julius Peisl,  Kerstin Tänzler
Client: Ville de Genève I Département des constructions et de l'aménagement 

DKFS with Mayr I Ludescher I Partner Munich win international bridge competition

DKFS together with Mayr I Ludescher I Partner (Partner: Hubert Busler)  have won the international competition for the Lech Bridge in Landsberg, Bavaria. The interdisciplinary competition attracted international attention and a high profile shortlist. The 140m structure stood out because of its contextual design and exciting as well as innovative structure reducing the deck to 480mm at its thinnest part. 

DKFS move to new London offices

DKFS have moved to their new offices in 76 Portland Place right in the heart of London close to Oxford and Piccadilly Circus. The building dates back to the 1950s and has been refurbished. The fit-out is colourful with many informal break out spaces which suit a modern and creative style of working. Yeeeaah......we love it! Watch out new web-space coming soon too!                    

DKFS and Tosan Popo Studio team up for Lagos EKO Atlantic Masterplan

DKFS have teamed up with Tosan Popo Studio for a proposal in Lagos, Nigeria.  The project is part of EKO ATLANTIK which is though of as one of the world's most advanced new cities, rapidly developing. It is a visionary project on huge scale constructed on land reclaimed from the Atlantic Ocean.  DKFS' proposal for the 260.000m2 master-plan for the EKO Village subdivides the plot into sectors of varying privacy accumulating around a network of vibrant and shaded retails streets. 


Luedenscheid Bridge and Tower are open!

Luedenscheid Bridge and Tower are erected and operational.  Both new structures were fabricated in Stemwede by Rohlfing Metalworks. While the tower houses a Pendulum as part of the new museum the bridge ensures connectivity to the inner city of Luedenscheid. A formal opening is expected to be in spring once all remaining works are carried out.


Linz Bridge Assembly

DKFS' EYE Bridge  assembled.The stunning structure was lifted in two pieces and is now a new addition to the skyline of linz. Internal fit-out is ongoing.