|Address||Newtonstraße 15, 12498 Berlin Adlershof, Germany|
|History||The building resulted from an architectural competition held in 1997|
|Architects||Georg Augustin, Ute Frank, Berlin|
|Landscape Architects||Stefan Tischer, Joerg Th. Coqui, Berlin|
|Construction Period||1999 - 2003|
|Builder / Owner||Land Berlin, represented by the Senate for Urban Development, Department V. The project received financial support from the Federal Republic of Germany as a joint initiative for the construction of universities.|
|Realization||Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung, Abteilung V|
|User||Humboldt University of Berlin, Institute of Physics|
|Usable floor area||9.700 m²|
|Total ground surface area||19.000 m²|
|Total interior volume||74.000 m²|
|Received the Berlin Architectural Award in the year 2003|
The Institute of Physics of the Humboldt University Berlin is an exceptional project of ecological urban development featuring various innovations of sustainable construction. The focus of the project is on a concept of decentralised rainwater management, building greening and elements for cooling and ventilation.
Rainwater is stored in cisterns and used to irrigate a façade greening system and to generate evaporative cooling in air conditioners. Extra water is collected in a pond in the building's courtyard allowing the water to either evaporate or drain into the ground.