Stuttgart, 2002-2005, b&k+ Arno Brandlhuber & Markus Emde, Martin Kraushaar, Björn Martenson, + Asterios Agkathidis, Katja Hennig, Jörg Leeser; Till Böttger, Piotr Brzoza, Marion Clauss, Mathias Faber, Marc Frohn, Jochen Kremer, Jochen Reets, Michael Rosemann, Stefan Thoma; Büro für Konstruktivismus (Wall Drawing Rabbits Superbright); osd (Tragwerk)
The design of the multilevel laboratory building for the German Institute for Air and Space Travel (DLR) in Stuttgart is aimed at creating adaptive space that meets both, the changing requirements of laboratory operations, as well as the high security standards —all with minimal expanse. Further, the design had to be as compact as possible due to the limited size of the plot within the existing campus. Together, these requirements are best displayed in the concept model, in which an upright standing oyster shell shows the concept of spatial organization within the given volume: the separation of space in a public area —for circulation and recreation— and a private one —for research purposes. This demand for two separated areas directly influenced the use of materials. Looking at the interior, the main core is located laterally and made out of raw concrete. The continuous floor levels make evident that the sum of the common areas, in contrast to the oyster, is not a physically coherent space. Therefore, the continuous space —for circulation and recreation— is pervaded with drawings by Büro für Konstruktivismus, creating a certain storyline throughout the public space.In contrast to the common area, the research area is kept as flexible as possible with all partition walls being flexibly devisable. Therefore, the space —designed in a coarse, industrial standard— can be organized due to the changing demands of work and research. With its opaque and clear glass components, the façade follows the scheme of spatial separation in private and public —high and low-security standards. Hence, the façade both, grants visual connections and exchange between the in- and the outside, as well as intimacy for the research areas.