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.

Saudi-Arabian National Center for Science and Technology, Federal Ministry for Research and Technology, Ministry for Science and Art of Baden-Württemberg
Behnisch & Partner
Planning and Construction
770 m²

Allmandring 19
70569 Stuttgart

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