Project Management, Architecture, Building Services, Energy Concept
Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften e.V.
20.352 m² GFA | 112.381 m³ BRI
EURO 52.7 million
June 2010 – January 2014
1st prize (RPW 2010)
The new building of the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, located in the immediate vicinity of the buildings of the Faculty of Physics on the University of Göttingen’s northern campus, has created a new home for more than 300 members of staff. At the end of January 2014 – four months before the official inauguration – they were able to move into the building in order to punctually evaluate the data that the Rosetta space probe is now sending back to Earth. The tight schedule, which was specified by the European Space Agency (ESA) for the research project, was kept to the day.
On an area of around 20,000 square meters, a building has now been constructed which is characterized by its versatility. The external appearance and its materiality give a clear impression for the different areas: The two-storey base building contains scientific research areas and common areas such as seminar and conference areas, a library, a cafeteria and the foyer. Offices, guest apartments and a day-care nursery are accommodated in the overlying three-storey glass cuboid, which projects out from the southern side of the building in such a way that it appears to float freely.