On Saturday, June 25, the nationwide Day of Architecture will take place. The motto is "Architecture builds future". The interested public will have the opportunity to visit selected buildings. On the Technical University of Kaiserslautern (TUK) campus, the new research building Laboratory for Advanced Spin Engineering (Building 76), LASE for short, will open its doors from 2 to 6 pm. During tours, those interested in architecture will gain insight into the interplay between architecture and research.
In the new LASE building, scientists from physics, chemistry, and engineering sciences are working together to get to the bottom of the so-called spin phenomena. Supporting interdisciplinary research is precisely the aim of the architectural concept developed by the architectural firm Burckhardt+Partner. To this end, for example, the spaces between the laboratory blocks have been kept spacious. Versatile communication zones and seating areas invite exchange and discussion. Adjacent, landscaped courtyards and the roof terrace with a view of the Palatinate Forest provide additional, much-used outdoor spaces.
The architecture meets the high demands of cutting-edge research on laboratory infrastructures, such as freedom from vibrations, shielding against electromagnetic fields, and temperature stability and air movement.
The highly installed laboratory units, each located in the center of the building, are recognizable as closed blocks in exposed concrete. Windows towards common areas and offices create transparency, allow insights into research and thus connect people and the different areas of activity. The exchange areas are particularly emphasized in terms of design and indicated by the widening of the space and large window openings.
The bright appearance of the research building is striking. The design of the façade, made of large-format precast reinforced concrete elements, emphasizes the monolithic character of the building and contributes to the calm overall effect of the new building in the campus context.
"In spin research, the TU Kaiserslautern ranks among the top internationally. The new LASE research building now offers us the optimal framework for our work," says Professor Dr. Werner R. Thiel, Vice President for Research and Technology at TU Kaiserslautern. "In addition, the building increases the attractiveness of TUK for students and highly specialized scientists."
The LASE was designed, planned, and realized by the architectural firm of Burckhardt+Partner, the client is the state of Rhineland-Palatinate represented by the Landesbetrieb Liegenschafts- und Baubetreuung, LBB. The LASE has a usable area of over 3,300 square meters, of which over 400 square meters are clean rooms equipped as workplaces with extra-low numbers of airborne particles. The federal government and the state of Rhineland-Palatinate provided around 40 million euros for the construction.
"We are very pleased that our new research building has been selected for this day. This year's Architecture Day motto is 'Architecture builds future'. This fits particularly well in this context, as visitors to LASE will gain personal insights into the area of tension between architecture and science," says Carsten Krafft of Burckhardt+Partner.
The Chamber of Architects of Rhineland-Palatinate has selected LASE for the Day of Architecture. The architects in charge and researchers will inform people interested in architecture about their work in guided tours on site that day.
The LASE is building 76 on the campus and is located on Gottlieb-Daimler-Strasse opposite the building complex 62, 63, 64, 65 and 67 (https://www.uni-kl.de/lageplan).
More about the Day of Architecture can be found at: tag-der-architektur.de
More about Burckhardt+Partner at www.burckhardtpartner.com
Contact for Questions:
Jörg Wich and Senta Seidler, Project Managers Architects, Berlin
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