New central research facility Mainz

Mainz, Germany
Photo © Constantin Meyer
Photo © Constantin Meyer
Photo © Constantin Meyer
Photo © Constantin Meyer
Photo © Constantin Meyer
Photo © Constantin Meyer
Architects
doranth post architekten GmbH
Year
2010

A total of seven bioresearch divisions previously spread across several sites will be housed in the new building on four complete floors. The building is located in a very heterogeneous urban environment and will act as the conclusion of the existing university campus. The clear, compact volume allows a high degree of economic efficiency, thanks to an optimum surface area to enveloping area ratio and a striking urban setting.

Using an economical building grid and careful planning, especially regarding technical zones ensured easy accessibility between laboratory areas and their respective technical facilities. The simple yet concise design combines horizontal banding with interplay between open and closed areas. All work rooms and lounges are exposed to natural light through an inner glazed partition along the facade. Outdoor cover is also provided. Variated facade levels encourage interplay between light and shadow carrying off a lively and friendly overall result.

The indented main entrance of the grey toned building is accentuated with colour. The main staircase forms a one step “stairway to heaven” staircase. This creates a clear, open, vertical airspace which helps build visual interactions between individual floors, creating thereby a lively space that encourages cooperation and communication.

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