The Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden (IPF) is one of the largest institutions for polymer research in Germany. The new five-storey building expands the site of the IPF in Dresden‘s old town core, establishing visual connections to the existing buildings. The institute comprises, apart from office spaces, a library, an archive and mechanical workshops. The guest apartments on the upper levels have access to a shared roof terrace. On the ground level there is a canteen open to the public and a café with a lavish terrace.
The institute is clad in an aluminium unit and mullion post and beam façade spanning from the ground floor to the second floor. The two levels above, comprising of twelve guest apartments, have got a obtained a curtain wall façade with visual protection by through adjustable integrated slats, which can be controlled separately. The interior rooms are characterized through exposed concrete.
The walls accompanying the staircase display embedded stencils spanning across the height of three storeys, the themes of which are related to the institute.