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  7. DLR Robotics and Mechatronics Center / Birk Heilmeyer und Frenzel Architekten

DLR Robotics and Mechatronics Center / Birk Heilmeyer und Frenzel Architekten

  • 02:00 - 4 August, 2015
DLR Robotics and Mechatronics Center / Birk Heilmeyer und Frenzel Architekten
DLR Robotics and Mechatronics Center / Birk Heilmeyer und Frenzel Architekten, © Henning Koepke
© Henning Koepke

© Henning Koepke © Henning Koepke © Henning Koepke © Henning Koepke + 20

© Henning Koepke
© Henning Koepke

“The new building naturally rounds off the Robotics and Mechatronics Center. With its south-west axis it formalizes this composed piece of architecture (...). The building’s entrance compliments the executive office building creating a logical bond with the Tech-Lab. Although there is no structural connection, a very communicative and strong spatial relationship has been established.

© Henning Koepke
© Henning Koepke

The attractive entrance setting forms a direct relationship with the main laboratory and provides access to a remarkably functional and judiciously designed lab-scape. In spite of the fact that the circulation areas have been highly optimised, there are no confined spaces, thanks to views into the inner court yard and an open staircase to the upper floors. (Excerpt from the jury report)

Second Floor Plan
Second Floor Plan

To the north-west, the new Robotics and Mechatronics Center (RMC) building demarcates the DLR Research Campus in Oberpfaffenhofen. Located in the vicinity of the executive office building, two sides of the new three-storey building border on the surrounding woods. Birk Heilmeyer und Frenzel Architekten organise the different areas of the centre in a large compact building that is well proportioned with four inner court yards. 

© Henning Koepke
© Henning Koepke

Lab and research areas largely fill the ground floor that forms the plinth. The upper floors accommodate offices and meeting rooms for scientists. The building’s entrance stands in a direct relationship with the central laboratory. It provides access for visitors and staff to the functional and flexibly designed lab-scape. Views to and from the inner court yards and the multi-storey atrium in the foyer create spaciousness.

© Henning Koepke
© Henning Koepke

Located there, the single-run staircase provides access to the upper floors. Catering to the department’s working conditions the office floors provide a number of meeting places for the exchange of ideas and for breaks. Featuring a structure of “plinth and superstructure” the façade composition reflects the internal organisation.

© Henning Koepke
© Henning Koepke

The smooth building envelope comprises a mullion and transom façade with sun protection glazing. In contrast to this the façades of the upper floors consist of two layers: An array of four meter high, rotatable vertical fins serve as anti-sun screen in front of the thermal envelope. The Robotics and Mechatronics Center’s appearance changes constantly, as the vertical fins (closing and opening at intervals), give the façade  a heterogeneous look.

© Henning Koepke
© Henning Koepke

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Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "DLR Robotics and Mechatronics Center / Birk Heilmeyer und Frenzel Architekten" 04 Aug 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/771279/dlr-robotics-and-mechatronics-center-birk-heilmeyer-und-frenzel-architekten/> ISSN 0719-8884
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