Carefully integrated into the surrounding context, the building features various heights that relate to the city and adjacent buildings. The building will create a new, distinctive entrance to Stuttgarter Engineering Park and provide an insight into the ongoing research. It has been a specific wish of the researchers that their work is reflected in the facade design.
The Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research comprises offices, laboratories, meeting and conference facilities. It is designed as a grid of small units to meet the requirement for a highly flexible workplace that serves as a dynamic framework for the ongoing research and innovation activities.
The individual spaces can easily be connected to create larger spaces as needed. The different units are made up of modules – with a large, open courtyard or atrium in the middle of every module. This structure accentuates the spatial qualities and facilitates the users’ orientation in the building. The atriums bring daylight far into the building and are natural gathering points during the workday.
The grid structure ensures a high degree of mobility and freedom to change and expand the building. The organisation in modules allows for small expansions over time, as little as 300 m2 at a time if required. In addition, the rational building design creates visual contact across the atriums and green oases, which the researchers can use for work or informal meetings.
The scale of the building adapts to the local context, which accommodates both families and large research institutions. The various heights of the modules thus also represent the diversity of research activities and departments at the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research.