HENN introduces world’s first carbon concrete building in dresden

HENN introduces world’s first carbon concrete building in dresden

HENN and TU Dresden radically rethink concrete reinforcement

 

HENN and the Technical University of Dresden have combined to radically rethink an essential architectural material, reinforced concrete. Named after the three C’s – Carbon, Concrete and Composite, the CUBE is the world’s first building to substitute steel and exclusively use non-metallic concrete reinforcement. On February 3 2022, a topping-out ceremony celebrated the completion of the 243-square-meter laboratory and event space on the TU Dresden campus, setting a precedent for architectural and structural innovation.

HENN introduces world’s first carbon concrete building in dresden
the cube is the world’s first building to substitute steel and exclusively use non-metallic concrete reinforcement

all images courtesy of Stefan Müller and Stefan Gröschel

 

 

Collaboration and innovation realizes the cube

 

The CUBE was developed in collaboration between Professor Manfred Curbach and his Institute for Solid Construction at the TU Dresden, and designers, architects, material performance experts, visualizers, and model builders from HENN. The project was a successful experiment in material science and innovative architecture, thanks to several technical tests that ran concurrently between both parties.

HENN introduces world’s first carbon concrete building in dresden
the 243-square-meter laboratory and event space sits on the TU Dresden University campus

 

 

HENN’s design for the CUBE uses carbon concrete to merge the ceiling and wall seamlessly, creating a single organic shape that reflects a future of environmentally-conscious design. The volume features a narrow opening that runs diagonally through it’s entirety and provides bright skylights throughout the space.

HENN introduces world’s first carbon concrete building in dresden
the cube uses carbon concrete to merge the ceiling and wall seamlessly, creating a singular organic shape

 

carbon concrete paves way for sustainable future

 

The CUBE is a showcase project for a larger program financed by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, which explores the potential applications of carbon concrete. Using this material could lead to more flexible and resource-saving construction processes while reducing CO2 emissions by up to 50%. By introducing The CUBE, HENN is making a significant contribution to physically realizing projects that use advanced future construction technologies.

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using carbon concrete could lead to more flexible and resource-saving construction processes while reducing co2 emissions by up to 50%

 

HENN introduces world’s first carbon concrete building in dresden
the entire volume features a narrow opening that runs diagonally bright skylights throughout the space

 

 

project info:

 

name: The CUBE
concept architects: HENN
executive architects: AIB GmbH
client: Technical University Dresden
location: Dresden, Germany
area: 243 m2 (2616 sqft)
programme: event space, research laboratory

photography: Stefan Müller and Stefan Gröschel

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