Institute of Physics and Nanostructure Science, University of Kassel, DE
Honorable mention, invited, interdisciplinary competition
As part of HEUREKA, the university building program of the State of Hessen, the University of Kassel is planning to build a new building for the Institute of Physics and Nanostructure Science. This should improve research conditions and facilitate expansion in the field of nanotechnology. The university organized an invited competition for the design of the building on the city center campus. The project by ATP Hamburg was awarded an honorable mention.
An efficient cube on a communicative base
The compact building volume acts as an intermediary element that merges into the heart of the campus structure. Its form combines the polygonal nature of the development plan with the functional organization of a laboratory and office building. While the contours of the base cling to the building lines, the upper levels form a rectangular volume. This base contains the public areas: a foyer zone, which rises as a place of communication and meeting from the ground to the first floor, the seminar rooms, and the lecture theater. The upper levels contain the more introverted zones. The offices that line the façades are flooded with light while the laboratories, which require less or even no daylight, form an efficient building core. The cleanroom laboratories are organized as a separate volume.
Sustainable and climate-neutral
The compact building form, a highly-insulated building envelope, and connections without thermal bridges minimize the energy requirements. These are met, all-year-round, by geothermal and photovoltaic power. The new building achieves climate neutrality thanks to the interconnection of all energy flows. Healthy spaces and a feeling of wellbeing are guaranteed by the green roof, light-deflecting slats, and the use of ecological materials.