Hilden, DE


Multidisciplinary Planning, Project Management, Architecture, Building Services, Laboratory Planning, Clean Room Planning, Process Planning, Logistics Planning, Energy Concept




17.831 m² GFA | 82.797 m³ GV

Construction costs

EURO 29.2 million

Project term

January 2009 – March 2011

The QIAGEN campus is in the center of the town of Hilden. The aim was to create a campus of knowledge in a difficult, traditionally inner-city context which reflects this urban character, despite its intended use as a research and production facility. Therefore, we worked together with the town of Hilden and the management of QIAGEN to define specifications regarding the urban design quality of the new buildings and the surrounding campus.

The ensemble incorporates a challenging urban public environment as a residential and commercial development, and creates an urban and open campus of knowledge and communicates in a way which also benefits the urban environment. The scale of the surroundings was taken into consideration here.

Based on our previous master plan study, an R&D building with laboratory and administration functions was created in several construction phases as well as production and laboratory buildings (S1/S2/S3**). The buildings are constructed in a modular fashion, and can be expanded without using much in the way of resources after they have been completed and gone into operation.

Qiagen P.O.W.E.R Hilden

Openness and flexibility are the order of the day for both the office and laboratory areas. An open office landscape which is used by all levels in the corporate hierarchy offers space for dialog, but also enough opportunities to retire somewhere quiet for concentrated group or individual work. Individual and shared, as well as closed and open-plan work spaces are equally important when it comes to exchanging knowledge.

Qiagen P.O.W.E.R Hilden

Meeting places such as seating areas, kitchens and technology areas complete the picture. The desired openness and transparency is boosted by furniture which never exceeds 150 cm above the ground.

Qiagen P.O.W.E.R Hilden

There are likewise no partition walls in the laboratory areas either, insofar as they are not required in the production process and for the purpose of protection. The area where documentation is stored has a completely open layout.

Qiagen P.O.W.E.R Hilden

The new buildings are sustainable, economically efficient, environmentally friendly and resource-efficient. On average, they use up to 30 percent less energy than conventional research facilities. The energy-efficient building MV2 is one of the first laboratory buildings in Europe to be awarded the Gold certification according to the American “Green Building LEED Standard”.