Texoversum takes off

Immediately after receiving the building permit, the groundbreaking ceremony for the start of construction of the Texoversum was held on January 26, 2021. Among others with: Prof. Dr. Hendrik Brumme, Lord Mayor Thomas Keck, Dr. Wolfgang Epp, Prof. Dr. Jochen Strähle, Südwesttextil President Bodo Th. Bölzle, Andreas Hölting and Alexander Leisner. (from left to right)

IASS 2020/21

The International Conference on Spatial Structures IASS 2020/21 at the University of Surrey has published an interview with Jan Knippers on their YouTube channel. Find the link here

Texoversum – New Education and Innovation Centre for the Textile Association Südwesttextil, Reutlingen

Texoversum, an education, research and innovation centre for the cross-cutting technology of textiles, is being established on the campus of Reutlingen University of Applied Sciences. Allmann Sattler Wappner Architekten, Menges Scheffler Architekten and Jan Knippers Ingenieure are responsible for the design as a team. They were awarded first prize in the related design competition and subsequently commissioned with the realisation of the building comprising almost 3,000 square metre of space for different user groups.

Harvard University bike shelter completed!

First Snaphot of our little Bike Shelter at Harvard Science Complex at Cambridge, MA. More photos will follow in autumn. Architect: Behnisch Architekten. Timber Construction: Blumer Lehmnann AG


We are very proud that our project BUGA WOOD PAVILION has won the GERMAN SUSTAINABILITY AWARD in the category Digitalization / Architecture. The prize is Europe’s most prestigious award in the field of sustainable development.

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Competition Bus Station Füssen

Second prize in competition for bus station Füssen. The folded timber plate structure was the result of a collaboration with Behnisch Architekten and Adler&Olesch.

Book release ‘Biomimetics for Architecture’

The book ‘Biomimetics for Architecture’ edited by Jan Knippers, Ulrich Schmid and Thomas Speck has been published by Birkhäuser. It comprises five years of collaborative research at the Universities of Stuttgart, Freiburg and Tübingen. The book is available in German and English.

Opening of the Urbach Tower at the Remstal Gartenschau 2019

A unique tower made from self-shaping wood, Remstal Gartenschau 2019, Urbach, Germany

The Urbach Tower is a team endeavour of a bunch of fantastic people. From left to right: Phillippe Grönquist (EMPA/ETH Zürich), Achim Menges, Lotte Aldinger (ITKE), Simon Bechert (ITKE), David Riggenbach (BlumerLehmann AG), Dylan Wood (ICD), Jan Knippers and Markus Rüggeberg (EMPA).

For more Information please visit the project page.

Opening of the BUGA Wood and Fibre Pavilion 2019

Two highly innovative, biologically inspired pavilions for the 2019 Bundesgartenschau in Heilbronn. Both are unique, light-weight structures that are fully computationally designed and robotically fabricated. 

They have been developed by a team of the Institute for Computational Design and Construction (ICD) and the Institute for Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE) at the University of Stuttgart.

For more Information please visit the BUGA wood pavilion project page and the BUGA fibre pavilion project page.