Project content
In the BEA project, the highly effective multifunctional structures of marine organisms are used in combination with selected sustainable materials for construction. Several environmentally relevant effects can thus be achieved, such as material substitution, use of renewable materials, CO2 reduction by reducing or avoiding the use of concrete, and energy saving using passive but thermally insulating systems. Due to the applicants' unique approach and experience in transferring multifunctional, highly efficient lightweight structures, the research approach is both innovative and effective.

BEA will initially produce environmentally friendly, functional solutions for the building sector. An interesting exploitation possibility is the use for temporary buildings for expeditions (mobile research stations) and disaster areas (replacement housing), but also for dynamic commercial areas, because the sustainable building concept of BEA offers advantages from the point of view of design, energy optimisation, space requirement profiles as well as weight compared to conventional solutions.


PhD position / Architect
A doctoral thesis can be carried out within the framework of this project.
Further information can be found here and on the AWI job portal.

Final theses can be carried out within the framework of this project.
Unsolicited applications are welcome and can be sent to Sandra Coordes. It is important to us that the application includes the applicant's own motivation, educational background and previous practical/professional experience.

Project execution:
Dr. Christian Hamm (Lead)
Paula Roloff-Dieck
Leonard Balz
Stephanie Bashir

Dr. Christian Hamm
Tel. (0)471 4831-1832

Duration: 01.10.2021 until 30.09.2023


Example of an existing building from the Goethequartier (source: buten un binnen). Here, the building fabric is to be renovated through sustainable measures and upgraded with suitable functions such as breathability.

PlanktonTech pavilion consisting of 100 GRP modules. Individual modules are to be replaced by new developments. Due to its low weight, the pavilion is to be transported as a complete structure. The pavilion is to be transported as a complete structure and then used as a place of learning at the Kunst- und Kreativhaus in the Goethequartier.

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