Dresden University of Technology, Germany, Institute for Applied Photophysics

State of Saxony represented by Staatsbetrieb Sächsisches Immobilien- und Baumanagement Dresden II, Germany (Saxon Property and Building Management)
  • Architectural Work
    Performance / Services: 2 - 9
11 / 2016
Gross floor area:
8.004 qm
Iconic Awards 2017, category Architecture, winner
Competition 1st prize
Excellence in black and white
The new building lies on the southern edge of the core area of Dresden technical university and along Helmholtzstraße, which provides access to the area as the north-south axis. It forms the interface between the existing campus and the newly created “high-technology campus” to the south. The urban development structure of the existing buildings displays a break from scale – blocky development to the west and more relaxed individual development to the east. The new building resolves this break and, with a staggered arrangement, merges naturally into the surroundings.

The building pushes into the 4 – 5-metre height difference of the site without the eaves following the terrain. Consequently, it appears as three storeys to the south and four to the north. In the new building, the latest technical requirements are met and spatial provision is also created for interdisciplinary communication, exchange and relaxation. In the centre, it divides into an “internal” laboratory area and “more public” office area. A large space for communication and access links the two.