NewsWooden modular construction and steel skeleton structure

Commission for Fraunhofer Institute in Hamburg

Our concept design for the new building of the Fraunhofer Institute IAPT in Hamburg was convincing. We are delighted to have been awarded the project!

Fraunhofer IAPT does research into the future-oriented topics of additive production and nanotechnology. The highly specialised new building expands the Fraunhofer site in Hamburg and provides the approximately 110 employees with a floor area of 2,800 square metres for application-oriented research.

The transparent entrance area to the office landscape clearly indicates the new main entrance to the institute to visitors, guests and staff. The orientation of the new building creates a direct spatial connection to the existing IAPT building. The elongated office building is oriented parallel to the striking experimental halls, and a light-filled atrium closely links the offices with the complex of research halls. From a gallery, visual links across the floors between office and research areas are possible.

Our design places particular emphasis on the use of recyclable and sustainable materials and construction. The experimental halls are conceived as steel skeleton structures and are enveloped with opaque steel sheet and translucent polycarbonate. The office environment is built using wooden modular construction, a material that has been assessed as ecologically sustainable and is particularly suitable for the offices.

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