E.on Energy Research Department

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E.on Energy Research Department

The new E.ON Energy Research Department building at RWTH University in Aachen emerges from between existing rail tracks, grass and tree slopes and a 4-lane arterial road. Our concept translates the direction and contours of the site as a primary form generator for the building and connects the two arms of the university campus into a larger spatial gesture. There is a close correlation between the structure and form of the proposal to movement within the building and around it; the natural day light and air flow across the site. The structural and aerodynamic fins along the length of the roof-scape allow for the modulation both of daylight and wind stream air flow over the roof, maximising the provision of natural light and ventilation to all parts of the building interior. A long integrated landscaped path guides people to the main entrance. From here a central corridor continues inside and becomes a circulation passage. A separate drive running parallel to the path descends to a parking garage beneath. The internal passage divides the programme into two clear bands, one practical with laboratories and exhibition space on a raised upper level, orientated towards an open garden. On the lower level, the academic band with 5 departments - including a library and meeting rooms facing the train tracks. At the far northerly corner of the building, the roof envelope rises, marking a turning point of the internal passage. The 2 storey open gallery, with staircases at each end and a middle ramp that form a circulation loop, generating a constant fluency of movement between the practical and academic volumes.


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