Max-Planck-Institute for Software Systems in Saarbrücken

Urban Planning: The new building is a slim 7-storey building, which isn’t obscuring the existing building, which isn’t obscuring the existing building. It reflects the height development of its surroundings and together with the existing environment establishes a lively square. The cube – more monolithic than the old building – creates a significant gate, which enhances the entrance to the campus.
Architecture: “Creativity or inspirations arise from communication. The approach to questions in the area of theme design is simplicity of conception despite the high level of complexity.” These extracts from the design brief led to the development of communicative spaces for scientists and staff. It became the paramount objective of our architecture. The staircase, which is maeandering throughout the building acts like an aorta with communication zones on every floor, which open up to each other over all 7 floors. The stepped auditorium and seminar rooms are arranged around the two-storey foyer. Glass is the main element in the interior to enhance views, transparency and communication. Glazed facades allow daylight to penetrate the interior. A subtle mix of pre-fabricated materials and in-situ poured concrete areas create an exciting and workshop-like atmosphere.
The dark aluminium façade contrasts the dominating colour white of the interior in connection with the exposed concrete ceilings. Media are installed in the hollow floor an open ceiling channels. Concrete core activation and mass inertia of the concrete walls provide comfortable cooling.
The scientists moved into the building three months ago and are highly pleased with the communicative atmosphere, transparency and vistas from the ground floor to the 6th floor. The shape of the building matches the narrow site and utilisation like a tailor-made-suit.

  • Building cost: 19.900.000 €
  • Gross floor area: 8.530,00 m²
  • Gross cubic volume: 30.878,00 m³

Client: Max-Planck-Gesellschaft

Max-Planck-Institut für Softwaresysteme
Campus E
66123 Saarbrücken