• European Spallation Source (ESS)

    The upcoming research facility will be a critical tool in exploring matter at the atomic level, designed as the world’s first sustainable research facility.

    • Location:
      • Lund, Sweden
    • Client:
      • ESS - European Spallation Source
    • Area:
      • 100,000 m² (1,076,391ft²)
    • Status
    • Services
    • Team:
      • Architects: Henning Larsen and COBE
      • Landscape architect: SLA
      • Engineers: Buro Happold, NNE Pharmaplan, and Transsolar
      • Consultant: Bent Lauritzen, Head of Division, Center for Nuclear Technologies, Radiation Physics
    • Certifications:
      • Pursuing BREEAM certification
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  • In southern Sweden, the future of atomic science is under construction. Upon completion in 2023, the European Spallation Source (ESS) in Lund will act as a subatomic microscope: A powerful ion source will beam protons the laboratory’s 600 meter main corridor at 96 percent of the speed of light, smashing loose neutrons as they collide with a solid tungsten target disc. By studying these isolated neutrons, ESS researchers develop a deeper understanding of molecular structures that determine the material properties of our world. Our design for the ESS emerges as a hybrid of aesthetic considerations and the exacting technical demands of cutting-edge atomic science. At its center is the Science Village, where science and the wider world collide – By integrating an open campus into the plan, the ESS becomes a social destination, inviting the larger community to take an interest in cutting-edge science. Developed and operated by a multinational European scientific coalition, the 74.2-hectare ESS site includes two core research facilities, a visitor’s center and a mixed-use residential and commercial neighborhood. The ESS delivers high-level research facilities in elegant, sustainable form – A future vision of architectural and scientific crossroads.

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