Paul-Ehrlich-Institut, Langen, DE
3rd prize in the invited realization and ideas competition.
ATP architects engineers was awarded 3rd prize for its submission to the invited, single-phase realization and ideas competition for the Paul Ehrlich Institute. The jury was particularly impressed by the urban planning layout of the main buildings, which are grouped around a glazed central hub, and by the range of options that this layout offers for the integration of the institute into its surroundings.
Functional & efficient
The project developed by ATP in cooperation with GDLA Gornik Denkel landschaftsarchitektur and Dr. heinekamp Labor- und Institutsplanung reacts to the many roles of and requirements for the new complex by proposing a concept that combines highly functional, efficient, and sustainable qualities. The design involves three to four identically constructed buildings that are arranged around a glazed hub. In functional terms, these staggered elements are clearly divided between the public and non-public areas of the institute. The design of the former is generous and open while the well-thought-out floor plans ensure both the efficiency and the quality of the office and laboratory areas. The rigidity of the volumes, all of which have four stories, is softened by the large areas of greenery and the gently raised, diamond-shaped roof of the glazed hub.
Holistic sustainability strategy
The design of the new complex offers the optimal basis for an institute that is thoroughly efficient and forward-looking. In order to achieve the silver quality standards of the BNB, the strategy implemented in the building concept takes a lifecycle-oriented approach. This focuses on the needs of the individual users of the building and the careful use of energy and material resources, including low-CO2 building materials, renewable energy, and resource-friendly and intensive planting. Thanks to the modularity and the layout of the circulation spaces within the complex, the building services are highly adaptable as a result of which the institute has all the flexibility required for potential future restructuring.