Fraunhofer Würzburg

Architecture
Zaha Hadid LTD. Architects, Hamburg/Germany

Planning time
2009 − 2011

Construction time
2010 − 2012

Services by Werner Sobek
Facade engineering

GFA
5,800 m²

Client
Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, Munich/Germany

Photography
Christoph Seelbach, Cologne/Germany

The Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research in Würzburg has been extended by a new building housing a laboratory and industry-scale engineering facilities. The planning for this exceptional building was drawn up by the internationally design consultancy Zaha Hadid Architects. The five-storey building traces the course of the ‘Luitpoldstraße’ before gracefully swinging around towards the existing buildings. This design feature creates a three-cornered forecourt, car parking spaces and an area for taking deliveries. The new, steel-reinforced concrete skeleton-framed building is joined to the existing buildings via a footbridge. The new ‘Technikum III’ (industry-scale engineering) building is designed to expand existing institute buildings. The new institute building boasts a usable surface area of 2,500 m², the surface area of the facade or envelope is approx. 4,500 m² while the roof area amounts to approx. 950 m².