Constructor: Voltaire Verwaltungsgesellschaft, Pullach
Architects: Dietrich.Dietrich.Tafel, Stuttgart
Adress: Boltzmannstraße 22
Photos: Werner Huthmacher, Berlin
The Institute for the History of Science in Berlin is one of 80 research facilities in the natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities of the Max Planck Society. After the institute had been housed for several years in the premises of the Czech Embassy, in 2006 the employees were able to move into the new institute building in the Dahlem city sector. The large volume of the building cleverly integrates itself into the small-scale villa neighbourhood: the individual departments as well as two buildings with apartments are grouped as pavilions around a central courtyard; they are linked by a ring-shaped hallway on the first floor. The library on the lower level – with more than 60,000 volumes and over 25,000 historical documents the heart of the building – is naturally lit by two-storey open spaces as well as walled gardens.
Dietrich.Dietrich.Tafel, Stuttgart; Dietrich & Dietrich, Stuttgart; Ingenieurbüro Schmid, München