Fraunhofer Würzburg

Zaha Hadid LTD. Architects, Hamburg/Germany

Planning time:
2009 – 2011

Construction time:
2010 – 2012

Services rendered by Werner Sobek:
Facade engineering

Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, Munich/Germany

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.