Technology Building, Ilmenau University of Technology

Ilmenau, Germany

The technology building for the Ilmenau University of Technology accommodates facilities for fundamental and applied research in the field of micro-electronics, including clean rooms. These facilities are used by various faculties in multi-disciplinary research.

Effectively, the building consists of two interlinked components – the clean room area and the front office wing. The front wing accommodates laboratories on ground floor level with offices over the two upper levels. The rigid linear pattern is broken up by communal spaces, tea kitchens, seminar rooms and generous circulation areas which foster communication.

The clean room area is, from a functional point of view, the core of the building. All ancillary functions are subordinated to this main function. Generous openings in the wall to the office wing allow for visual connections. The clean rooms are flanked by a so-called ‘visitor corridor’, providing the opportunity for observation of the working processes. The glazed east and south facades allow for natural light to flood the interiors, whilst affording researchers pleasant views of the surrounding landscape.

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Location

Ilmenau, Germany

Client

Thüringer Finanzministerium, represented by Staatsbauamt Erfurt

Architect

Behnisch, Behnisch & Partner

Address

Gustav-Kirchhoff-Strasse 7
98693 Ilmenau
Germany

Design

1998–2002

Completion

2002

Gross

6.000 qm / 64,560 sq.ft.

Volume

19.877 cbm / 701,857 cu.ft.

Competition

1997

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