Research & Education

New laboratories and offices for the Alfred Wegener Institute, Potsdam

The Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) for Polar and Marine Research, southeast of the Potsdam city center on the heritage-protected hill Telegrafenberg, is being extended by means of 2 new buildings. The new construction project encompasses additional laboratory and office space, supplementing the pre-existing stand-alone building with two free-standing structures.

The Alfred Wegener Institute's research center in Potsdam was established in 1992. In 1999, its newly built 3-story building for laboratories and offices (architect: Prof. Oswald Mathias Ungers) was completed and handed over to the Potsdam research center. Together, Helmholtz Center Potsdam's German Research Center for Geosciences (GFZ), the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), part of Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP), and this Potsdam research center make up the Albert Einstein Science Park on Telegrafenberg in Potsdam.

The significance of Prof. Oswald Mathias Ungers's building is emphasized by the new structures; in combination with the buildings opposite, a neighborhood is emerging. In the southern structure, an offset breaks up the symmetry. A plaza is created, which accommodates visitors to the new teaching and communication center. When viewed from Helmertweg, the three-story buildings are seen to be open on the longitudinal side and closed off at the end. As a special structure, the learning and communication center opens up toward the street via a vertical glass strip. In the facade, the focus is on composure and reserve, incorporating the coloring of the surrounding facades. Large sections of the building are embedded in the landscape park and cannot be seen in the main view.

Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung, Potsdam

Period of time
2013 – 2018

10.4 Mio. EUR

Werner Huthmacher