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Max-Planck-Institute for Security and Privacy, Bochum

Eller + Eller Architekten GmbH
Eller + Eller Architekten GmbH
Building type
laboratories and research buildings
building project
new building
material façade
Always being one step ahead is of fundamental importance in IT security.
Scientists are researching effective methods to prevent the ever-changing dangers from the internet and to protect privacy from digital intruders. The fact that this is not abstract research hardly needs an explanation. The digitalisation of working and private life was once again accelerated by the pandemic and has carried the importance of cyber security into the last corners of everyday life. Research is about thoroughly understanding contexts in order to then produce sound and innovative solutions to practical problems.

The Max Planck Institute for Security and Privacy, funded by the German federal and state governments, was founded in 2019 as an interdisciplinary centre of excellence and is currently being set up on the campus of the Ruhr University Bochum. In order to provide an optimal and future-proof working environment for the planned 350 employees in 18 research groups, the institute will have its own building.

The new building of the Max Planck Institute for Security and Privacy is being constructed in the heart of the Mark 51˚7 development area of the former Opel site. Where only a few years ago the last car rolled off the production line, an ecosystem of top research institutions, start-ups and high-tech companies is now emerging in the science city of Bochum in the immediate vicinity. The complex research tasks require a structural concept that supports the collaborative exchange of knowledge both within the institute and with external research groups in networked working environments. The building design we presented enables both topic-focused work and interaction and communication in its adaptable laboratory and office areas.