Merckt is a project in the centre of Groningen city situated on the corner of Grote Markt. The building houses apartments and small restaurants. Because of its specific shape, the earthquake resistant engineering for the building was particularly complex. Through an NLTH-analyse, the behaviour of the structure during an earthquake was investigated, see our paper. Especially the lower levels are sensitive to earthquake loads. To make the building earthquake resistant in its present form, the apartments have been structurally 'separated' from the lower levels. This significantly reduces the forces from the apartments in case of an earthquake and enables the structure to absorb them within the present design.
SAFETY, GRONINGEN, RESIDENCES, SHOPS
At the location of the former FC Groningen football stadium, a building with 72 earthquake resistant apartments has been designed, entirely in line with the football tradition.
To make the apartment building earthquake resistant, sliders have been applied between the lowered parking basement and the first floor. The building and the soil can now move independently from each other, to safeguard the safety of the residents in case of an earthquake. The technique can be seen in the stair case.
SAFETY, GRONINGEN, RESIDENCES
The project was part of the facility buildings adjacent to the Olympisch Stadion in Athens Greece for the 2002 Olympic Games.
The building is a 44.000 m² extension to the existing congress centre "Helexpo". The entire complex now has approximately 65.000 m² GFA. Within the building there are conference halls of which the biggest has a capacity of up to 800 people. The conference part has 5 floor above ground with a free span of 27,0 m.
A total of approximately 4.000 ton steel has been used for the steel structure.