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The goal of the design was to find a formal counterpart for the new institute and its thematic content which would enable the building's exterior to convey an impressive documentation of the innovative character of the research conducted inside the building. In a similar way to today's media appliances, in which a complex interior is housed in a formally abstracted exterior, in this building an interior organisation based on the functional requirements of the building is enclosed in an abstract skin of plastic elements reinforced with glass fibre. The translucent facade elements allow the solid structure to show through the facade, depending on the way the light falls on the building, thus giving the facade a sense of depth and lightness at the same time.
The horizontally aligned two-story building varies in its organisational structure in that some parts have one row of functional rooms, others have two with a central corridor. The building has four accessible inner courtyards which enable daylight to reach the interior of the rooms. The special acoustic rooms are arranged in a cross-like pattern around the foyer, and their closed facade surfaces face the inner courtyards.


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Negotiation procedure Top Rank, 2006
Client Fraunhofer Gesellschaft
Planning started 2006
Completion 2008
Total floor area 6,000 sqm

Planning and Realization
Project Management: Thomas Schmidt
Team: Florian Nusser, Tanja Klein, Kiri Westphal, Manuela Jochheim, Michael Schmid

Local Construction Management: Baubüro Dipl. Ing. Volker Grage
Landscape architecture: Levin Monsigny Landschaftsarchitekten, Berlin
Werner Huthmacher