Airship hangar

Airship hangar

Airship hangar

Airship hangar

Airship hangar

Airship hangar
in Mülheim

The new airship hangar in Mülheim was designed to replace the previous airship hangar. It not only provides a home for airship Theo, but also serves as a spectacular event venue. With a gross floor area of more than 3,400 m², it offers space for 1,500 people.

Airship hangar
at a glance

Half-timbered arches
in the airship hangar

The 26 metre high hall was realised with trussed arches made of BSH with a span of 42 metres. The knots are held together by wooden dowels, so no steel is used here either. The roof shell consists of X-LAM panels, encased in an aluminium façade.
The gates are spectacular custom-made products. Each gate wing has an area of 400 m² and a dead weight of 72 tonnes. These are moved by four electric motors with 80 hp engine power.
Building project Airship hangar Mülheim
Construction Truss arches made of glulam
Construction time 2022
Gross floor area 3,400 m2
Volume of the wooden components 1,560 m³
Stored CO2 in the construction 1,184 tCO2
Avoided CO2 in the construction 1,420.85 tCO2
Regrowth speed in german forests 47 minutes
Building owner Westdeutsche Luftwerbung – Theodor Wüllenkemper GmbH Co & KG, Mülheim an der Ruhr,
Project management IB Römling, Essen,
Architecture (implementation planning and construction management) Gronau plan GbR, Wegberg,
Architecture (design and approval planning) Symk Fischer Architekten GbR, Mülheim an der Ruhr,
Structural engineering Ripkens Wiesenkämper Beratende Ingenieure,
Werkplanung, Abbund und Montage DERIX-Group

Prizes & Awards
for the Airship hangar

Ernst & Sohn Ingenieurbaupreis 2024

The Airship hangar Mülheim was honoured with the Ernst & Sohn Ingenieurbaupreis 2024. The jury recognised the holistic approach to design and execution to create a particularly sustainable structure.

from start to finish

Great importance was attached to circularity in the realisation of the airship hall. The entire support structure is made of German wood, a renewable and recyclable raw material. The junctions were realised as timber connections. The old foundations, which were broken on site, were used as the substructure for the hall floor. The hall floor itself consists of used large-format concrete slabs.

for reference

Mikado: A good choice in all aspects

February 2023 • Tobias Wiesenkämper

Download (German article)


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