Location: Ingolstadt, Germany
Planning Team: Eike Schling, Jonas Schikore
Partner: Brandl Metallbau, Eitensheim
The Asymptotic Canopy draws attention to the main entrance to the Intergroup Business and Design Hotel, Ingolstadt. The stainless steel structure is composed of four symmetrical pods of strained lamella gridshells spanning between rigid steel frames. The structure creates a central ornamental portal and two side wings within the semi courtyard in front of the main entrance. The steel structure is covered with a membrane roof, which is tensioned by an elastic steel arch.
The gridshell was designed digitally, following the asymptotic curves on the negatively curved design surface. This allowed for the simple flat fabrication of straight stainless steel strips. The lamellas were slotted together by hand into flat segments and pulled up to elastically bend into their design shape. The steel frame was welded from twisted profiles, following the curvature of the inner grid.
The project is a collaboration of Brandl Steel manufacturer, Jonas Schikore engineering and Eike Schling.