Nickl & Partner has won first prize in a design competition for new buildings at the Max Planck Institute of Energy Conversion in the Ruhr town of Mülheim an der Ruhr. Eight firms submitted projects.
Jury member Prof. Robert Schlögel, the institute’s managing director, said: “This is a highly successful design in terms of incorporating the new buildings into their surroundings. It will create an extremely user-friendly site on which people will very much enjoy working.” The jury gave particular praise to the planning concept, the low-impact construction, and the open-plan layout making it easy for people to get from one place to another.
The project will begin in the summer of 2014 with the demolition of some existing buildings. Four new ones, with a total usable area of 4,500 square metres, will be constructed from 2015 onwards.