Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technology IKTS

A special intersection for ceramic expertise. The Institute in Hermansdorf, (part of the Fraunhofer Society) has seen rapid growth, which in turn led to plans for the expansion of the existing structures.

ProjectNew construction of an office and laboratory building
ClientFraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
DesignGewers Pudewill
Scope of workBuilding planning work phase 1-8
Size5,741 sqm
AwardMention Thuringian State Award for Architecture and Urban Design 2014, Winner Iconic Awards 2015, Special Mention German Design Award 2017
TeamArchitects in charge Philip Brüggemann, Alexander Mendelsohn

Important here was that all activities create a strong sense of identity. At the site, ceramic elements, manufacturing technologies and new system solutions are developed both in structural and functional ceramics. In order to project these aspects in a self-confident way, the facade consists of fine-grained horizontal bands made of light ceramic material. They are deployed in a more lose or dense fashion depending on room use.

Just like an external skin, the facade wraps around the building, which itself is designed as a parallelogram and gives it its unmistakable and dynamic appearance. In order to not stylistically disturb this clear silhouette, the entire technology for the building was embedded in a deep courtyard on the roof. In 2014, the building was awarded the Thuringian prize for urban planning.