Foundation stone laid for the German Embassy in Algiers
On 09 April 2019 the symbolic laying of the foundation stone for the Chancellery of the German Embassy in Algeria's capital took place. The real estate is located on a slope and the planned building consists of the main building and the two smaller outbuildings. Between the three structures there will be an open space and between the two outbuildings a vehicle lock. A special feature is the atrium between the ground floor and the first floor, to be bridged by two footbridges.
Numerous invited guests took part in the laying of the foundation stone. On the part of the Federal Government, the German Ambassador, Mrs. Ulrike Knotz, and Mr. Ludger Kraemer from the Federal Ministry of the Interior, for Building and Homeland were present. The Lord Mayor of the city, Mr. Abdelkader Zoukh, emphasized the importance of the German Embassy in Algeria in a short speech. On the part of KREBS+KIEFER, Mr. Eric Fischer and Mr. Abderrahmane Bouthiba took part.
The building design is by KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten, the structural design is by Ingenieurgesellschaft Mayer-Vorfelder und Dinkelacker and the testing in structural engineering and random monitoring of the execution is done by Dr.-Ing. Ioannis Retzepis, managing partner of KREBS+KIEFER Karlsruhe. The company Ecisa Algerie has been commissioned with the construction of the building shell.
The specification case of an earthquake was relevant for the dimensioning of this structure, not least because of the high earthquake risk in Algiers. For this reason, extensive consideration and optimizations were carried out for the building; there was a very close and constructive coordination between the structural engineer and the test engineer. At the client's request, the test engineer will monitor the execution of the project for quality assurance purposes; KREBS+KIEFER's extensive experience in Algeria will thus be incorporated into the execution.