Amsterdam’s UNStudio has just realized its latest project, the Center for Virtual Engineering (ZVE) for the ‘Fraunhofer-Institut für Arbeitswirtschaft und Organisation IAO’ in Stuttgart, Germany. The official opening took place this week with an opening ceremony during which the German Sustainable Building Council (DNGB) awarded the building with a Gold certification.
Located on the research campus of the Fraunhofer institute in Stuttgart Vaihingen, the Centre for Virtual Engineering ZVE specializes in the investigation of different multidisciplinary work flows. UNStudio worked in collaboration with Asplan from Kaiserslautern on the architectural services for the Centre. UNStudio was responsible for the design development, the required 3D-planning and implementation during all planning processes. Asplan was responsible for the development of the construction documents and the site supervision.
All parts of the programme were implemented into the spatial organisation of the building. The diagrammatic approach employed combines the laboratory and research functions with the public exhibition areas and a scenographic routing of the visitors into an open and communicative building concept. The different working areas are distributed with regard to the needs of the employees. There are no spatially separated departments along the band of laboratories. Instead, working areas merge into each other, promoting interdisciplinary work practices.