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Charles Tanford Protein Centre

Building type
laboratories and research buildings
building project
new building
material façade
The Charles Tanford Protein Centre (CTP) provides the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg with a new research centre, funded by the federal government and the Land Saxony-Anhalt. It brings together 13 project teams from the degree courses in biology, biochemistry, pharmacy and medicine under a single roof, making it a major focal centre for research into protein biochemistry at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg.

The cubic form of the building responds to the various directions and alignments of the overall structure of the adjacent developments, combining them to produce a harmonious, sculptural visual identity. The complex consists of two elongated blocks, positioned staggered to each other and thus creating two forecourts at different levels. The main entrance is located on the northerly side, a side entrance to the south. All of the levels are reached via a wide flight of stairs leading from the foyer. The laboratory and office spaces are organised in tripartite around single access cores, whereby the rooms in the intermediate zone accommodate either laboratory or office functions according to demands. This provides an optimal answer to the changing spatial requirements of the research areas and can be flexibly adapted to meet shifts in work processes.

With its shape, the building shell broaches the offset of the structures while at the same time indicating the building program behind it. The outward-looking laboratory façade is made of aluminum panels with a consistent horizontal perforation to prevent direct sunlight. The interface between the two parts of the building with the office space behind has been conceived as a glass façade with an adjustable screen system. In addition, wide light slots above the central access area and the lobby let daylight penetrate deep into the interior of the building.

The on-site sculpture Tanfords Garten (Tansford’s Garden) by the artist Timm Kregel won a nation-wide competition for art in architecture. Charles Tanford was a Jewish scientist and a pioneer in protein research.