Maisons des Sciences de LA VIE ET DES MATÉRIAUX
Belval, Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxemburg
Institute buildings for Life Sciences and Material Research of the University of Luxemburg and the CRP Gabriel Lippmann on the site of a former steel mill
Open competition 2009, one (of four) prizes
Realization of one building 2009-2020
Client: Le Fonds Belval, Esch-sur-Alzette
Collaborator: Sebastian Wolf
This project for the new quarter of the Institutes for Life Sciences and Material Research of the University of Luxemburg can on one hand be read as a relaxed ensemble of freestanding buildings, on the other as an urbane texture in reference to scale, density and homogeneity of the traditional European city. The constituent element of this ensemble is an “L”-Type building with offices grouped around an atrium in its central section and laboratories to either side.
Between the buildings, which define the major public spaces already in the first phase of construction, are public passages, which widen in the inner part of the blocks or lead to public squares. These spaces offer a great permeability as well as a high quality of stay.