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Humboldt University of Berlin
New institute of chemistry and lecture building for chemistry and physics

1995 – 2001

On the grounds of the former Johannisthal-Adlershof Airfield and the affiliated aircraft technology and aviation research facilities, a new campus has been built for the natural sciences at Humboldt University of Berlin. Stemming from a competition held in 1995, the design attempts to develop a new urban centre within a heterogeneous environment consisting of listed buildings dedicated to aviation research, the premises of the former East German Academy of Sciences and a series of research institutions erected in recent years. The listed buildings, the engine test bench, the Trudelturm tower and the wind tunnel stand out on the newly created square as isolated sculptural objects. On the sides facing the square, the new buildings eschew any sculptural relief, declaring their inner structure by means of the cutaway facade structure.

Limited realisation competition 1st prize 1995
Team Klaus Gehrmann, Hanns Ziegler, Filiz Doğu

Client Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung

Start of planning – completion 1995 – 2001

For performance phases 2 - 9

Total costs €60.3m

Usable floor area 10,500 sqm

Design team Jürgen Ochernal, Klaus Gehrmann (project management), Madina v. Arnim, Julia Dalhaus, Filiz Doğu, Peter Rieder | BIG, Berlin (Site supervision)

Landscape architect Ariane Röntz, Berlin


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