The competition entry for the new building of a research and institute building at the Technical University Darmstadt provides a building with a working atmosphere in which both very concentrated work and informal communication are possible. The users' wish for a way of working characterized by “thinking in space” and “exchanging ideas” forms the basis of the spatial concept.
Passers-by should be given an insight into the structure of the building as they pass; they can see through the building in many places via the atrium. This maintains and strengthens the connection from Kantplatz to the new green courtyard and the Martinsviertel, and the building's “porosity” enriches the situation. The side views into the atrium reveal the individual structures of the working groups and the connecting walkways. The structure of the building is recognizable from the outside, the flexible internal organization of the working groups is revealed to the employees of the institute.