Fraunhofer IAO Next:LAB Co-Working and Co-Workshop

An architectural expression of innovative research

The well-known Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO in Stuttgart, with its impressive entrance building, develops strategies, business models and solutions for digital transformation together with companies, institutions and public-sector bodies.
Builder
Fraunhofer Gesellschaft zur Föderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
Occupant
Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO, Stuttgart
Planning
Weinbrenner Single Arabzadeh Architektenwerkgemeinschaft, Stuttgart
Completion
2022
City
Stuttgart
Sector
Research
Partition walls
fecoplan, fecostruct, fecotür glass, fecophon fabric
Photos
Nikolay Kazakov
Brands
feco

In order to promote exchange between the departments, Weinbrenner Single Arabza-deh Architektenwerkgemeinschaft from Stuttgart have designed a creative setting on the first floor of Building Section G for the interdisciplinary development of new innova-tive solution approaches. With the fecoplan all-glass construction with 16-mm VSG-Si and a sound insulation test value of Rw,P = 42 dB, a transparent room structure has been developed that supports the meeting of the different departments. To optimise the room acoustics, acoustically-effective fabric-covered fecophon acoustic absorbers are hung in front of the upright-less all-glass construction. The fecotür S70 structural-glazing doors, which are flush with the frame on both sides, are bonded in white on black profiles. Together with the black ceiling and the white acoustic ceiling baffles, a new, exciting design spatial effect is created.

On the ground floor, fecostruct wood stuctural glazing is used to transparently sepa-rate the office area from the laboratory workshop with a sound insulation test value of Rw,P = 47 dB. The fecostruct glazing is covered with oak real-wood in the inter-pane space to match the veneered solid-wall surfaces of the fecowand solid wall. As a structural glazing door flush with the surface on both sides with a door leaf thick-ness of 105 mm, the fecotür S105 glass door achieves a sound insulation test value of Rw,P = 42 dB. The special ceiling design with leaf-like acoustic absorbers in dif-ferent shades of green harmonises with the real-wood veneer surfaces. The work-shop has been transformed into an attractive workspace that gives architectural ex-pression to the intended research goals and a liveable ecological future.

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