Ludwig Maximilians University Munich – Biocenter, Martinsried
Freistaat Bayern, vertreten durch das Staatliche Bauamt München 2
1st prize Realisation Biocenter
2nd prize Campus planning
Start of Planning - Completion
1998 - 2008
2 - 5
Planning: Kurt Bauer, Birger Bhandary, Fee Groß-Blotekamp, Markus Dunau, Hanna Stengelin, Kai Otto, SilkeKoller, Jörg Deutschdorf, Jörg Winkelbrandt
Total cost 114,500,000 €
Gross floor area 49,312 m²
The Biocenter was the first of the building projects on the HighTechCampus in Munich-Martinsried. Departments I and II of the Faculty of Biology were built in the south of the campus in two construction phases. Excellent conditions for biological research and teaching are provided on a floor space of 20,000 m². Facilities include labs with the latest technical equipment, SPF (Specific Pathogen Free) areas for animals, practical work and seminar rooms, offices, as well as lecture theatres with space for 500 students in total. The interdisciplinary campus path leading to the new Biocenter and future institutional buildings commences at a planned subway station, located very close to the IZB (Innovation and Start-Up Center for Biotechnology).
Both departments of the Biocenter have comb-shaped ground plans and are connected via a bridge in a T-shape. The main entrance of the faculty is on the central campus square. Flanked by a large round auditorium, this leads to a four-storey entrance hall, with offices and labs located on either side of the entrance hall. Teaching areas are situated centrally on the ground floor, while the administration offices and labs are accommodated on the floors above. The tripartite design of the labs facilitates natural daylight illumination of the corridors in the middle section through a light shaft. While the lab wings jut out into the landscape, the elongated office buildings border the urban space, as well as the campus path and square.
The brick-red ceramic panels of the façade relate to the materials of the existing campus buildings. The wooden cladding on the other hand, makes reference to the landscape setting of the campus. The urban development concept also includes a biotope-like pond in front of the large entrance hall, emphasising the biology-specific character of the faculty building.