Fraunhofer Technikum III, Würzberg, Germany

Cascading Surfaces

Client Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC
Architecture Zaha Hadid Ltd. Architecture
Area 0,3 ha
Project team Martina Kibler, Frank Bünger
Completion 2014
Location/Google-Maps Neunerplatz 2, 97082 Würzburg
STrauma Landschaftsarchitektur Berlin landscape architects Fraunhofer Technikum III, Würzburg Lageplan

The Fraunhofer ISC is a part of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the largest application-oriented research organization in Europe. At this site, innovative surface and energy techniques are developed through silicate research.

The new building is a dynamic, five-storey engineering and laboratory complex that dynamically approaches the existing brick buildings in a streamlined fashion. This impression of powerful motion is strengthened by parallel light-coloured lines on the anthracite ground surface treatment.

All open space elements including parking spaces, benches, hedges and cafeteria parasols are expressed as energy-charged flowing forms. The surface, depending on the type of use, consists of asphalt, natural stone slabs or gravel. In the asphalt one can observe an added visual aspect in the form of sparkling crystals, a reminder of the central object of research at the Fraunhofer Institute – silicate.