Gerd Niemöller – Swiss Cell honeycomb

Gerd Niemöller has invented a revolutionary building material that is eco-friendly and at the same time can be used in a wide range of applications: he produces honeycomb panels of thin cellulose, soaked in resin, from which entire houses, including their furnishings, can be constructed.
The resin-soaked paper is compressed under high pressure at a temperature of around 200 °C into the typical honeycomb shape. Combined with special covering layers, they can be used to produce walls, ships, containers, and furniture, in almost every shape.
These honeycomb panels are light and simultaneously extremely sturdy; they can bear a load of more than 200 tons per square meter, and with a special noncombustible covering, they can reach insulation values of a passive house. In aircraft construction, the structure, copied from bee, is already successfully used in form of high-tech combs made of aluminum. But Niemöller’s invention is much less expensive: one squaremeter costs only a fraction of aluminum combs. Niemöller’s walls are as stable as heavy duty building materials, are absolutely weatherproof and heatresistant, once equipped with the appropriate covering layer noncombustible, earthquakeproof, very simple to produce and process, and up to 100 percent recyclable.
This material is especially suitable for construction of houses in poor countries and disaster areas. Within a few days, a building with several stories, which can be used for several generations, can be built without elaborate technical support. And the production of panels on site provides new jobs. But the use of honeycomb panels is not limited to residential buildings. With a transparent outer skin, the panels can be used to build greenhouses. With a glass fiber covering layer, they can be turned into propeller blades for wind energy plants, weighing 80 percent less than conventional propellers.
The principle of the honeycomb is simple, obvious, and copied from nature. Despite this simplicity, the potential uses of Niemöller’s invention are more varied than most other materials.
Text: Nora Kronemeyer


Not part of the exhibition anymore.

We want to thank everyone who helped to make the 18th venue in Erfurt possible!

18. ZNE! Station ERFURT (Germany)

Duration: 28.7.2019 to 22.9.2019

Pictures from the exhibition in Erfurt here!


We mourn our friend and benefactor, the artist and philosopher Prince Rudolf zur Lippe, who died on 6 September 2019.

He made thoughts dance and people move.

During the exhibition in Erfurt, which shows works from the cycle "Learning from the Birds" in the church of the Augustinian monastery, he wanted to talk to us about it and how it is linked to Goethe and Alexander von Humboldt.

We will miss him greatly, not only there.


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