The new research center appears within the plot as an urban block, austere and clearly structured.
It consists of three linear volumes of five floors and two landscaped volumes of two floors. These volumes are folded, lengthened or shortened in order to respond to the formation of the access square or resolve the boundaries with the highway.
The program is solved vertically with a plinth of three floors, two of laboratories ‘research’ and a ‘mezzanine’ of facilities embracing the “Halle” (industrial buildings), and two floors on the upper floors intended for offices. Airbus, Testia, Fiber and German Aerospace Center are the users.
This plinth of the building that is compacted includes two inner courtyards, which provide optimal conditions of light and ventilation inside the building.
The structure is made of reinforced concrete, with walls that solve the facades, pillars intermediates, slabs and stair cores. The construction of the roof of the “Halle” is solved with metal trusses and light roof.
The thermal insulation on the outside solving the surfaces of the facades with the repetition of vertical sheets of aluminum of different sizes, which give the building a certain degree of abstraction which reinforce the character of lightness that accompanies the research of materials and technology for “light construction”