Brüninghoff's contribution to the construction of Haut

Planning, fabrication, delivery and installation for Haut: The third tallest wooden building in Europe


Haut is currently the third-highest wooden building in Europe, in the Amstel area of Amsterdam. The Brüninghoff Group, part of the main contractor’s team of advisors, was involved in planning during the construction phase, prefabricated structural components, and then delivered and installed them on-site. BIM has been their method of choice throughout planning, construction and operation.

As part of this project, the Brüninghoff Group joined the Woschitz Group from Vienna, Assmann Beraten + Planen from Hamburg, Professor Rainer Pohlenz from Aachen and Ekoflin from Bavel on the advisory team for the main contractor J.P. van Eesteren B.V. During construction, the company was part of the planning team along with RWT Plus and Assmann Beraten + Planen.

BIM management for sustainability

Haut is a good example of a climate-friendly and sustainable building. At 73 metres high, it is currently the third-highest timber building in Europe and is emerging in the centre of Amsterdam on the banks of the Amstel. Completion is scheduled for 2021. The building is certified according to the BREEAM Outstanding rating, which is the highest possible degree of sustainability. As well as 55 residential units, bicycle parking and an underground car park, there is a space that will be used as an urban conservatory for gardening and farming, plus there will be a children’s nursery and an innovations lab.

The building is equipped with solar panels on the roof and the façade, sensor-controlled installations with underfloor heating and cooling, nesting boxes for birds and bats, charging stations for communal electric cars and a roof garden where rainwater is collected. The total gross floor area is approximately 14,500 m².

73 metres high

55 residential units

BREEM Outstanding rating

  • “The cost savings can’t be expressed in euros and cents. Costs only tend to skyrocket when there is a lack of alignment. Thanks to Thinkproject VDC MANAGER and our expertise in BIM management, we were able to complete this project, like many others, without any friction slowing us down.”
    Marko Röschenkemper
    BIM Manager at Brüninghoff
High Expectations


Brüninghoff hasn’t just been involved with planning and advising. The planners were also responsible for BIM coordination, and Brüninghoff made components for the project at their premises in Heiden, including TCC (timber-concrete composite) ceilings. That raised the demands of the schedule: because of limited space on the building site, there was almost no room to store prefabricated components, and use of the crane was timed very strictly. Components therefore had to be delivered on a just-in-time basis – over a distance of around 200 kilometres.


This logistical feat is be possible with the help of Thinkproject’s Virtual Design & Construction Management. Brüninghoff has worked with Thinkproject VDC MANAGER since 2014 and has used it to set up a full-scale internal BIM standard that is consistent across all projects.

VDC MANAGER supports the use of BIM data in-house, no matter whether they’re dealing with architecture, structural engineering, building services, construction physics, assembly planning, works scheduling, production, material planning or installation. The software can be adapted to the relevant project requirements and expanded as necessary.

Thinkproject on top form


With Haut, Thinkproject was able to play to its full strengths: during the planning stage, the software was mainly used for checking the digital building model. Clashes between architecture, structural planning, building services and planned openings were easy to identify using the software, while communication between stakeholders was simplified.

Ideas were developed as a team and errors in planning were corrected early on. The construction workflow was simulated beforehand thanks to the software, and it was easy to derive information for production.

Construction management, planning and production mainly drew on the scheduling function, as well as the coordination model with information about all of the involved specialisms. This was the only way to plan and coordinate the just-in-time deliveries. On the building site, there was no need to make storage space for prefabricated components, and expensive crane time was used efficiently.

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