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Max Planck Institute for Brain Research

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Location
Frankfurt, Germany
Year
2014

28.05.2014 Opening & 100 years anniversary Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Frankfurt

The Max Planck Institute for Brain Research is located on the Riedberg Campus in Frankfurt am Main. The complex consists of two compact buildings: the institute building and the technicum. A spacious main communication and circulation foyer with open stairs and galleries links the two units and offers opportunities for exchanges and impromptu discussions among scientists and staff. Floating boxes, which appear to push themselves out of the glass façades, provide communal meeting and presentation spaces and emphasise the interplay between interior and exterior within this semi- public zone. The four-storey institute building is separated into an office area and a highly equipped laboratory zone with flexible and divisible space for research. The two upper floors accommodate four research departments. The ground floor houses the administrative offices, the central scientific facilities and the laboratories of the independent research groups.

Client
Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Frankfurt

Architect
Henn, München, Berlin

Sectoral planning
planning of structural framework: ISP Scholz, München
building services: H + S Ingenieure, Nürnberg
landscape architecture: LA.BAR, Berlin
electrical engineering: tfi Ingenieure, Mannheim
facade planning: Gerhard Weber & Partner, Argenbühl
laboratory planning: IKM möller + Partner, Sinn donath post, München

Gross area
19.600 sqm

Start planning
2008

Construction time
2009 – 2013

Competition
2006, 1st prize

Levels and functions
conference rooms, offices, laboratory

Workplace
240

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