HQC+, Jülich Research Center, DE
Honorable mention, invited realization competition for general planners
The Jülich Research Center organized an invited realization competition for general planners for the construction of the new “Helmholtz Quantum Center Plus (HQC+)”. The objective is to transform the heterogeneous campus into a national competence center for research into and the development of quantum technologies. The design by ATP Hamburg received an honorable mention.
The compact, three-story building volume slips seamlessly into the research campus in the heart of an area of natural protection. The comprehensive concept for the open spaces sensitively connects the “workplace” with the “natural environment” and creates areas of meadow, forest, and water that offer a range of diverse spaces for relaxing, thinking, and working.
The interior has a special focus on optimizing the synergy between the different functional units. The heart of the HQC+ is a two-story hall, which is a place of interdisciplinary meeting and communication. By arranging the various laboratories and research facilities around this central hall, the project minimizes travel distances.
Energy recycling and the supply of renewable power (geothermal and PV systems) ensure sustainable operations. The compact building form, high level of airtightness, highly-insulated building envelope, and connections that minimize the creation of cold bridges reduce the energy demand of the building.