gross cubic volume 21,320 m3, usable floor space 5,182 m2
Technische Universität Darmstadt
Bollinger+Grohmann GmbH, Frankfurt
renderings, model photos
Concept of the Design
The concept focuses on creating a building with a work environment that enables focused and undisturbed work as well as informal exchange between coworkers. The asked working environment of a place characterized by a space that enables focused thinking and the exchange of ideas is the focal point of our design. People passing by can view the inner structure of the building – many areas inside the building can be seen through the atrium.
The connection between the Kantplatz and the new green courtyard into the Martinsviertel is strengthened and the building enriches the overall situation of the area through its ‚porosity’. The views across the atrium give not only visual views into the various working spaces and building elements but also to the exterior of the building.
The inner structure of the building – the flexible inner organization of the working areas and the employees of the institute – can be seen from the outside of the building.
Space for informal communication is the central idea of our concept. Aside from the concentrated group work areas, the interactions between coworkers in the atrium bring life into the Institute. Through the visual connections within the atrium, the various office spaces are interconnected.
The structure of the building is composed of multi-storey compact building structures and an atrium with footpaths and bridges that connect the individual structures with one another.
The spatial concept mirrors the functional separation between focused working areas and interactive spaces.
Rooms reserved for more public and common use are located on the ground floor. These include the lobby area that is accessible through the ‚passage’, the seminar rooms and the library. The internal atrium and its two staircases are accessible through the entrance. The central spatial organization, through its transparency, clearly shows the building structure, provides short traveling distances within the building and promotes communication within and between the different offices.
Through limiting the use of high-energy produced materials in only the very necessary areas of the building like the foundation, the base floor slabs and the solid floors, the building has significant economic and constructional advantages (acoustics, thermal storage, etc.).
The differentiation between the load-bearing structure and other building elements creates a certain amount of flexibility and optimizes the building’s life cycle.
The supporting frame of the atrium roof is made of slim laminated veneer lumber beams that give an irregular appearance and connect the various building part with one another. Natural daylight falls through the triangular constructed beams into the interior and accentuates individual building areas.