Nickl & Partner Architekten AG
D - 80939 München
Phone +49 (0) 89. 36 05 14 - 0
Fax +49 (0)89. 36 05 14 - 99
“We are respectful of both – people and resources. We design architecture for tomorrow – and create built environments with added value. We find inspiration in bringing intelligent design to life.”
NICKL & PARTNER ARCHITEKTEN AG
The work of Nickl & Partner Architekten AG is distinguished by the constant search for the new, along with consistent quality in planning and realisation. Since being founded in 1979, the architectural practice with offices in Munich, Berlin, Zurich and Beijing has been able to accumulate excellent specialist knowledge, and has established itself as one of Germany’s leading planning offices specialising in healthcare, research and
residential buildings. The conflict between highly complex construction projects, requiring a high degree of functionality and rationality, and on the other hand, the more human elements, constantly leads the architects to innovative solutions which combine the requirements for beauty and sustainability with technical and structural precision. The practice’s high quality demands go hand in hand with the unity of academic theory and practice.
Professor Christine Nickl-Weller holds lectures and conducts research at the Technical University of Berlin. Professor Hans Nickl lectures in Erfurt and is visiting professor at the TU Berlin. Nickl & Partner Architekten AG is increasingly active internationally. The Munich-based architects
have long since made a name for themselves with their projects in the rest of Europe, in the Arab states and Asia.
The University of Ulm’s Helmholtz Institute is situated in the science park in Obere Eselsberg, a new site for scientific organisations in the north of the city. The foundation for planning the new building was an existing masterplan, according to which the area would be developed step by step, to be developed into a modern centre for research. The Helmholtz centre, with its scientific focus on electrochemical energy storage, is a three-storey building that houses research and laboratory facilities. It provides a high degree of flexibility of space, and uses the modular principle. The outer and inner courtyard facades on the western side contain large rooms which, if required, can be divided into several laboratories, and so can easily be adapted to the requirements of the respective working environment.
The various specialised laboratories are housed in the ground and lower levels, with office space situated above. Central communication areas enable encounters and interaction. The open inner courtyardis accessible from the ground floor, and enables a view of the seminar and meeting rooms, which are arranged towards the courtyard side. Thanks to the different sized holes punched into the distinctive perforated plate facade,
a visual light show ensues, which bestows the building with its own quite unique relevance.
CLIENT: German state of Baden-Württemberg, represented by Vermögen und Bau Baden-Württemberg, Ulm office
LOCATION, COUNTRY: Ulm, Germany
GFA: 4,520 m2²
LPH Service phases (according to German HOAI system): 2–8