Hysolar Institute Building, University Stuttgart
Hysolar Institutsgebäude, Universität Stuttgart
A building was required to house two institutes. One researched solar cells, the other relatively low-cost techniques for separating the elements of water. The project offered a few opportunities for genuine architecture: offices, some laboratories, a storehouse, and ancillary service rooms. These contrasts in use offered some room for our own experiments.
The loose envelope of the building volume freed the programme to discover a form. A free equilibrium of equal priorities resulted, much like a collage. Designed and constructed in a very short period of time, the idea of free equilibrium provided an uninhibited source of freshness and directness for the architecture.