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Interplay between modern expression and brutalist concrete

Mærsk Tower


2016 - 2017


C.F. Møller Architects


Waagner-Biro Stahlbau Ag, N.H. Hansen & Søn A/S


Mærsk Fonden, The Danish Government

Mærsk Tower

Modern expression & brutalist concrete

Mærsk Tower is an extension of Panum, the University of Copenhagen’s Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, and houses both research and teaching facilities, as well as auditoriums, and meeting rooms.

Panum Institute was built in the 1970’s in the brutalist style with hundreds of thousands of square meters of concrete and with a monolithic expression. C.F. Møller Architects had a vision of a building that had a different architectural and stylistic expression, while still taking into consideration that the tower’s appearance, regarding shape, colour, and material, should fit in with the surrounding buildings.

Formable cladding

To create an interplay between the modern tower and its surroundings, GRC was chosen, among other reasons, for its formability giving the architects a higher design freedom.

In reference to the adjacent buildings, which were built in a brutalist style, the GRC was coloured with pigments in a dark grey colour. For this project, BB fiberbeton delivered 8.000 cladding elements, corresponding to 11.000 m2 GRC in 1.000 variants.

We manufactured elements for both external and internal cladding, consisting of parapets and cornices. The elements are mounted with embedded steel brackets, embedded stud frames, and embedded inserts with plugs, which allowed for a hidden installation.

Durable, lightweight, formable

GRC cladding

Through design and manufacturing we help architects, entrepreneurs, and builders create unique, durable, and sustainable facades. Whether you are starting construction on a new build or embarking on a renovation project, GRC is suitable for both.

Glassfibre reinforced concrete (GRC or GFRC) is incredibly versatile and grants you an architectural design freedom with almost endless possibilities. With the formability of GRC you can achieve any geometry and with a surface designed for your specific project. GRC is a lightweight material and our cladding elements are typically only 12 mm. Thus, making it easier to work with and transport whilst also easing the load on buildings.

GRC is an excellent facade material if durability and sustainability is of great concern and importance. GRC is durable for more than 100 years without any technical maintenance and it does not dent, rot, corrode, nor burn (class A material). With a sustainable material and an environmentally friendly production without toxic materials, GRC elements from BB fiberbeton are ideal for environmental certifications, such as LEED, DGNB, and BREEAM.

GRC is made of white cement and fine aggregates and reinforced with glassfibre. Elements are produced using a special spray-technique that allows for a low water/cement-ratio, a low thickness, and a high strength.

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