Fascinating Construction Process

October 30 to November 22, 2015

From the idea to built reality – the art of engineering by Bollinger + Grohmann Ingenieure

How are outstanding buildings created? The exhibition focuses on this question and provides unique insight into how civil engineers work. From the first sketch through the building site to the finished building – complex and sophisticated construction processes are made visible and become an experience for visitors.

The Oskar von Miller Forum is presenting this exhibition in cooperation with the engineering firm Bollinger + Grohmann Ingenieure. At the exhibition opening on 29 October, Klaus Bollinger and Manfred Grohmann will hold a lecture entitled “Fascination for construction – just a simple engineering love affair“.

The exhibition is open to visitors every Tuesday to Sunday from 12:00 midday to 6 pm until 22 November with free admission.


Focusing on the whole construction process, the exhibition provides answers to the question: “How are outstanding buildings created?” and provides unique insight into how civil engineers work . The centre of attention is not finished buildings but how they emerge. In addition to the process of developing spectacular large-scale projects - such as the ECB in Frankfurt or the Lens-based Louvre branch – the exhibition also documents the development of computer-aided design methods.  These are presented in depth on the basis of several selected projects, including the BMW Welt in Munich or – more recently – the ESO Supernova in Garching near Munich. 

Visitors can follow the process from planning through to the realisation of buildings and take a look behind the building site fence. A selection of over 2000 worldwide projects of the Bollinger + Grohmann engineering office illustrates the architecture of the structural engineers on large-format panels. In addition, there are films and photos of various building sites to be seen. Visitors can also study the engineers’ working methods at interactive desks and by changing the parameters, generate and recalculate support structures themselves. 1:1 mock-ups of special node details and a selection of 3D models complete the exhibition.