Key data

  • Client: Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften e. V.
  • Planning: 2014 - 2018
  • Construction: 2017 - 2018
  • Scope of planning:

    Technical building systems, CG (Cost group) 410 - 430, 470, 480 (Service phases 1-8 according to HOAI (Official Order of Fees for Services by Architects and Engineers))


Max Planck Institute, Hamburg
New building for Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter

The Max-Planck-Gesellschaft decided to construct a new institute building for the study of the “structure and dynamics of matter”, on the Bahrenfeld campus in Hamburg, near the DESY particle accelerator centre. The building will house: physics laboratories in which high-precision laser testing will be carried out; a computer centre meeting the requirements of theoretical physics; biochemical laboratories; and work and communication areas for the scientists. The open foyer represents, in the design by the Stuttgart architectural firm Hammes Krause Architekten, the connecting element of the individual functions, offering space for communication and exchange of information and ideas. As a pilot project for the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, the institute building is to be certified according to the criteria of the BNB seal.

Usable floor space: approx. 6,200 m² 

Focal points of the planning and design work 

  • Physical laser laboratory areas, and laboratory areas with chemical and biochemical uses
  • In some laboratory areas, cleanroom conditions of up to Class 10,000 per US Fed (ISO Class 7)
  • Damping of vibrations
  • Constant temperature in the area of the laser table (+/- 0.5 K at 22 °C)
  • Constant humidity in the area of the laser table (+/- 5 % at 45 % relative humidity)
  • Technical gases (e.g. nitrogen, helium, pressurised air) 

Visualisations: ©hammeskrause architekten

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