Luedenscheid Bridge and Tower are open!

Luedenscheid Bridge and Tower are erected and operational.  Both new structures were fabricated in Stemwede by Rohlfing Metalworks. While the tower houses a Pendulum as part of the new museum the bridge ensures connectivity to the inner city of Luedenscheid. A formal opening is expected to be in spring once all remaining works are carried out.


Linz Bridge Assembly

DKFS' EYE Bridge  assembled.The stunning structure was lifted in two pieces and is now a new addition to the skyline of linz. Internal fit-out is ongoing.


Moveable Bridge Berlin Charlottenburg

DKFS win 2nd in Berlin Charlottenburg. Other competitors included companies such as GMP Architects and SBP Engineers.

The new infrastructure will connect to a listed hospital and is movable to allow passage of oversized turbine transports from a nearby Siemens factory.


2016: a Space Frame

DKFS' EYE Bridge fabrication is complete.

Length: 65 m  I  Width: 4,30 m  I  Height: 4,30 m  I  Weight: 135 t

Glazed Surface: 220 m² (some of the glas panels weigh up to one metric tonne)
Panel Surface Area: 750 m² ( Aluminium)
Structural System: 3D Truss
Primary Member Dimensions: CHS 220 mm dia, 30 mm wall thickness
Six mass dampers in central section


Nice model ;-)

Nice model of DKFS' Museum Bridge in Luedenscheid by Dortmund Germany.

Architects:                           DKFS Architects
Client:                                  City of Luedenscheid
Structural Consultants:       Werner Sobek Ingenieure, Stuttgart, GER
                                            Jane Wernick Associates, London, UK   PE: Colin Jackson 
Light Design:                       Speirs+Major, London
                                            DIAL Light Design, Luedenscheid
Steelwork Contractor:         Rohlfing Stahlbau
Lift Contractor:                    Heinzerling Hydraulic Lifts


EYE Bridge Fabrication advances

DKFS' EYE Bridge in Linz, Austria: Cladding assembly for final delivery on site in September has begun and is showcasing the exciting geometry!

Architecture: DKFS I Dirk Krolikowski & Falko Schmitt
                       Kneidinger Architekten Linz, Martin Kneidinger
Engineering: Jane Wernick Associates London, Colin Jackson ( Concept)
Client: Oberbank Linz, AT
Photo: Martin Kneidinger                                      

DKFS unveils proposal for New Busstation Leverkusen

DKFS unveils their proposal for the new Busstation roof in Leverkusen. The 125m long and 28m wide roof has a reflecting stainless skin and carved in dedicated spaces which serve as boarding gates. It is the keystone in the regeneration of the new railway station quarter in central Leverkusen and promotes the city as a modern and attractive place to live and work.

Architecture: DKFS I Dirk Krolikowski & Falko Schmitt

 Engineering: Schuessler Plan I Duesseldorf

Client: City of Leverkusen, GER                                                  

Fabrication begins on DKFS' EYE Bridge in Austria

DKFS' EYE Bridge in Linz, Austria: Fabrication of the central section has begun. Segment size of the individual elements is governed by maximum transport size and workshop dimensions. The central section just fits!

Architecture: DKFS Architects London, Dirk Krolikowski & Falko Schmitt
                      Kneidinger Architekten Linz, Martin Kneidinger

Engineering: Jane Wernick Associates London, Colin Jackson ( Concept)

Client: Oberbank Linz, AT                                                    

2016 Unit 16 Summer Show

Unit 16's exhibition is open! The Bartlett Summer Show is the School of Architecture’s biggest and best-known event, attracting around 10,000 visitors every year. Festivities commence with an opening speech by an invited guest in UCL’s iconic Quadrangle.

Two of Unit 16's students have been awarded the Saint-Gobain Prize for Innovation for their work highly commended during Friday's festive speeches.

Exhibition party & speeches
Friday 24 June 2016, 19.00
Main Quadrangle of UCL, Gower St, London WC1E 6BT

Exhibition open to the public
Saturday 25 June – Saturday 9 July
140 Hampstead Road, London, NW1 2BX

Unit Tutors: Johan Berglund (42 Architects) and Dirk Krolikowski (DKFS Architects), Josep Mias (Mias Arquitectes)

Guest Crits in 2016 included:  Mario Pirwitz I JSWD Architekten, Cologne, Will Jeffereys I Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Jan Guell I Studio Heatherwick and  Falko Schmitt

DKFS Museum Bridge Central Section Installed

DKFS Museum Bridge installation has started in Luedenscheid, Germany.

The footage shows the 50 tons central section lifted into place. The bridge is being fabricated and assembled in 3 parts. The central section was lifted in during night/very early morning to not interrupt train service. 

Architects:                           DKFS Architects
Client:                                  City of Luedenscheid
Structural Consultants:       Werner Sobek Ingenieure, Stuttgart, GER
                                            Jane Wernick Associates, London, UK   PE: Colin Jackson 
Light Design:                       Speirs+Major, London
                                            DIAL Light Design, Luedenscheid
Steelwork Contractor:         Rohlfing Stahlbau
Lift Contractor:                    Heinzerling Hydraulic Lifts


Museum Bridge Components Delivered to Site

DKFS’s Museum Bridge in Lüdenscheid Germany: First components from Rohlfing Stemwede by Bremen have arrived on site by night with special transport equipment. The Autobahn vehicle had to be escorted and parts of the route had to be closed down due to the weight and size of the central section. The bridge which is part of the already erected museum tower ensemble – also fabricated by Rohlfing Stemwede- will be lifted in place soon. This will take place late at night as well because the railway has to be closed for the duration of the works above the track.

 Architecture: DKFS Architects London, Dirk Krolikowski & Falko Schmitt

 Engineering: Jane Wernick Associates London, Colin Jackson ( Concept and Scheme Design),                                                          Werner Sobek Stuttgart ( Excecution and Site Supervision)

Oberbank Linz Breaking Ground

The new building for the Oberbank Linz breaks ground at the Linzer Donaulände. The new building of the successful regional Bank creates work space for an additional 400 people and is building another architectural highlight in Linz. The new pedestrian bridge by DKFS Architects will be a spectacular part which will link the existing and the new building. The bridge structure achieved planing earlier this year and was commended for its modern and fresh architectural expression. DKFS was chosen last year as the winner of an international architectural competition involving highly regarded practices such as Bollinger+Grohmann.

Architecture: DKFS Architects London, Dirk Krolikowski & Falko Schmitt
                      Kneidinger Architekten Linz, Martin Kneidinger

Engineering: Jane Wernick Associates London, Colin Jackson

EYE Bridge Linz Wins Planning

DKFS' EYE bridge in Linz, Austria wins planning and is set to go ahead into fabrication.

DKFS have been shortlisted for 2nd stage of Vienna subway competition - Linien Design U5

DKFS Architects have been shortlisted for the 2nd stage of the U5 subway competition in Vienna as one of eight teams. Amongst the 1st stage competitors were international offices such as Zaha Hadid Architects, U.N. Studio und Schneider+Schumacher. The City of Vienna is looking for innovative proposals for the design of the new U5 tube line and its 3 entirely new Stations.

Museum Bridge Fabrication Final Stages

DKFS Museum Bridge in final stages of construction in Osnabrueck, Germany.

Pictures show the 50 tons central section of the bridge during inspection by DKFS. The bridge is being fabricated and assembled in 3 parts. The quality of the work is outstanding.

Steelwork contractor: Rohlfing Stahlbau
Structural consultants: Werner Sobek Ingenieure, Stuttgart, GER
                                    Jane Wernick Associates, London, UK   PE: Colin Jackson 

DKFS wins 2nd Prize bridge competition Berlin Mitte

DKFS wins 2nd prize in limited bridge competition for a bridge in Berlin Mitte near the Reichstag at the Invalidenfriedhof. Shown here the Bridge at the Europacity which was part of the competition.

Structural Consultants: Werner Sobek Ingenieure, Stuttgart, GER 

Museum Bridge on site

DKFS' Museum Bridge in Lüdenscheid, Germany is on site. 

1st Prize Linz Austria

DKFS win international invited competition for a 70m sheltered bridge in Linz, Austria.

The proposal for the new connection of two buildings for the Oberbank of Linz, Austria acts as a legible, attractive, urban element in the skyline of the city. Negotiating in between two stylistically different buildings the modern structure clearly establishes its own identity as part  of the ensemble of buildings. The basic geometry of the trussed beam and thus the bridge volume is simple: It is a mirror-symmetrical extrusion of a square base geometry rotating by 45 degrees to the centre. Roof and soffit are simple, planar surfaces based on the logic that derives from the elegant base geometry. The lateral widening surfaces are glazed forming exciting fully transparent openings for the user as well as for the passer-by to enjoy.

structural consultants: Jane Wernick Associates, London, UK 

1st Prize international competition Luedenscheid, Germany

DKFS have won the international, invited competition "Bridge square" in Luedenscheid. The proposal involves the restructuring of the urban quarter as well as a multistorey car park. The 55 m span bridge is central part of the proposal.


structural consultants: Jane Wernick Associates I London & Werner Sobek Stuttgart
lighting consultants: Speirs + Major, London I PD Keith Bradshaw
landscape consultants:, Freising I PA Birgit  Kröniger    

DKFS and ARUP _ RIBA exhibition at The Building Center, London

The Royal Institute of British Architects on behalf of the Department of Energy and Climate Change and National Grid, invited to rethink one of the most crucial but controversial features of the British landscape: the electricity pylon.

structural consultants: ARUP, London 

DKFS are Europe 40 under 40 Laureates

Dirk Krolikowski and Falko Schmitt have been awarded the prestigious Europe 40 Under 40 for their work, confered by the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies & the Chicago Athenaeum : Museum of Architecture and Design. The prize “recognizes the best emerging European design talent in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, and industrial design and their exceptional leadership contributions and achievements early in their professional careers.”

“Some of Europe’s most exceptional design talent was selected this year,” states Christian K. Narkiewicz-Laine, Museum President, The Chicago Athenaeum.  “These young practitioners, currently designing and building some of the most provocative work today, promise to be riding the crest of the future in Europe.”

Press Release here

Proposal for the Museum of Cultural Heritage in Hechi unveiled

07_2011 DKFS  unveil the proposal for the museum of cultural heritage in Hechi, China. The museum preserves the cultural legacy of the region of Hechi in the Guangxi province on the southern end of the Yunnan-Guizhou Highlands and is envisaged to become a major landmark of the region. 

Location: Hechi, China
Direct Commission
Satus: in progress

airport proposal / feasibility study

DKFS  competition entry_Riga Airport. The Topography of the underside of the roof sculptures and subtly subdivides the terminal space. The roof shell creates a pattern that is perpendicular to the road and the apron space that clearly indicates the direction of the passenger flow.The formal inspiration are vernacular pitched roofs of sauna houses as well as the geometry of a paper plane. A series of identical pitched modules form the roof structure.
The simplicity of the shape produces a dynamic sense of direction peaking at the centre and indicating the entrance under the main pitched roof where check in and central access to departures is located.

'One and One' screening at DKFS exhibition in Heerlen, Netherlands

 'One and One' screens at the DKFS exhibition in Heerlen, Netherlands. The movie directed by Chris Pencakowski includes interviews with Dirk Krolikowski, Falko Schmitt and Ozan Yalniz (ARUP, London).  The shortfilm explores the approach of DKFS and ARUP in which the interaction of architect and engineer plays a pivotal role.

Director: Chris Pencakowski

DKFS Bridge Exhibition at the MAK, Vienna , Austria

Dirk and Falko are exhibiting their work for the 'Connecting Link Competition'  at the MAK  -  Museum for Applied Art in Vienna [Österreichisches Museum für angewandte Kunst in Wien].

The exhibition will be opend on the 7th of September, 16.30h by Dipl.-Ing. Rudi Schicker, Director of the Council of Infrastructure of the city of Vienna. Exhibition hall 'Weiskirchnerstraße'.

DKFS_Young creative architectural talent

Young creative architectural talent
The exhibition presents  22 interesting and talented design offices and studios.
ROOTS aims to give an insight into the development process of these very different practices; 

An international panel of experts selected the participating design offices for the ROOTS exhibition.


Maribour Bridge Proposal

The new bridge over the Drava River, in the heart of Maribor, has as its main purpose to reconnect and revive two banks and two neighbourhoods of Lent and Tabor.
The bridge will act as a key element in reinstating historical traffic connections lost during the construction of Glavni Most and of the Drava reservoir, connecting the city centre and residential areas at the level of the river banks.

The plan geometry and the resulting platforms, created at two locations, feature the environment with amazing views towards the old bridge structure and views opening up to the natural landscape beyond as well as views towards the old town.

The platforms create a non linear passage over the bridge, allowing the user  to experience the proximity to the water and the old bridge in a new and unexpected way.

The driving principle behind the structural concept for the proposal is to achieve a lightweight, efficient construction, resulting in a slender and non-intrusive structure.
The proposed structure is a 3-span continuous steel bridge with two concrete piers in the river. Pear locations correspond to the existing bridge. Arching the spans of the girder adds to its structural efficiency.  The inherent torsional stiffness of the girder-box copes with forces generated by the geometric offset of the structure.The fabricated steel box girder deck is fully utilised structurally, making structural use of the parapets. The dynamic form of the bridge mirrors the flow of forces while the arching of each of the 40m spans, reduces the bending moments. The solid balustrade makes  the flow of forces legible, an disappears where it is not needed.

Structural engineer: ARUP

Press conference Vienna - Connecting Link

Falko Schmitt and Dirk Krolikowski present their design for a new bascule bridge in Vienna.

Wettbewerbssieger Falko Schmitt und Dirk Krolikowski präsentieren mit Planungsstadtrat Rudi Schicker und Architekt Manfred Wehdorn Wiens erste Klappbrücke bei der Urania.

Conceptual design for a central bus hub

DKFS with ARUP London have been collaborating on the concept design for a bus transport hub in Germany.
A series of ETFE kites forms the multifunctional roof that shelters the busy hub and vibrant urban space. At night they become lit elements that feature the public realm and express the structural system of the roof as well as its dynamic form. The topography of the 'under-belly' of the roof sculptures the space underneath and accentuates the notion of the place as an important public space. 

Structural engineer: ARUP, London, PM Ozan Yalniz with Pat Dallard

KONSTRUKTION web_preview

KONSTRUKTION Dirk Krolikowski, Falko Schmitt, Mirko Baum ISBN 978-3-00-028729-9

Wienfluss Bridge, Vienna . 'CONNECTING_LINK'

DKFS have won the international competition for a bascule bridge in the center of Vienna. With a single leaf of approx. 50m span the bridge will be Austrias largest moving pedestrian bridge.

Structural engineer: Jane Wernick Associates, London, UK


Dirk Krolikowski, Falko Schmitt, Mirko Baum ISBN 978-3-00-028729-9

that's it. the second edition of KONSTRUKTION is available.

'Structure is one of the most essential constituents of architecture.Its quality is defined by the virtuosity and comprehensiveness of composing and bringing the conceptual as well as the physical elements of the structure together. The way things are brought together and joined mirrors the designer’s attitude and culture. This publication shows the works of students at the Chair of Design Engineering, RWTH Aachen University which were in pursuit of this comprehensiveness in the years 2007-2009.'

Herausgeber / edited by
Lehrgebiet fuer Konstruktives Entwerfen
RWTH Aachen University
Fakultaet fuer Architektur
Univ. Prof. Mirko Baum
Lehrbeauftragte fuer Konstruktives Entwerfen
Dirk Krolikowski
Falko Schmitt
Aachen-London 2009
Layout: Sarah Bosen
Cover: Nikolas U. Torscheit

Printed in Germany
ISBN 978-3-00-028729-9

Text and illustrations © Lehrgebiet fuer Konstruktives Entwerfen
RWTH Aachen University, Faculty of Architecture



Dirk Krolikowski I Ozan Yalniz ARUP on 'Architecture and engineering'

Falko Schmitt on 'Parametrics in high-rise design'

The best tools and methods have always been the most important prerequisite for the creation of a good
building” Konrad Wachsman in ‘Wendepunt im Bauen’

Architecture and technology are in a direct relationship. The talks are meant to inspire and reflect on the
implementation of existing and emergent technologies in design, fabrication and the final product. Various
technological problem-solving strategies will be discussed and illustrated in project reports.

End Crit London, EXTREME 3000 , RWTH Aachen Design Engineering Unit

The RWTH Aachen awards Dirk's and Falko's Unit with a sponsorship for their innovative and successful teaching format
Image: Rapid Prototype of ER 3000

03_2009 The final crit of the 2009 Design Engineering Unit took place in London.Dirk and Falko are teaching the Design Engineering Unit at Prof. Mirko Baum's Chair [Lehrgebiet fuer Konstruktives Entwerfen, RWTH Aachen] as Adjunct Professors [Lehrbeauftragte] since 2007. 
Invited guest crits for the day were: Daniel Hecker Grimshaw Architects, Dennis Austin RSH-P, Felix Weber  ARUP Materials, Dan Wright RSH-P. 

The Design Engineering Unit has been granted a sponsorship by the RWTH Aachen for their innovative and successful teaching format. Parts of the sponsorship will be used to publish the best works of the last two years of the DEU in a dedicated publication.


Dirk Krolikowski and Falko Schmitt with ARUP London won the international RIBA competition for the River Douglas Bridge which attracted 110 entries.

AN ELEGANT structure has been chosen as the winning entry in a competition to design a new bridge to cross the River Douglas. The successful entry was proposed by firm DKFS Architects with Arup and has been awarded first prize in the RIBA administered competition. Lancashire County Council will now work with key stakeholders both in the public and private sector to progress delivery of the bridge and connecting links.

Cezary Bednarski, RIBA Architectural Advisor for the competition said “The winning team managed to combine elegance of form with innovation, delivering an entry, which should become a high quality landmark. I am pleased that the winning design did not seek undue attention dominating the setting”.

The jury panel, which included representatives from Lancashire County Council, West Lancashire District Council, South Ribble Borough Council and the North West Regional Development Agency made their decision following presentations from the seven short-listed competitors. The competition originally attracted 110 entries in June which were short-listed in July.