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Green light for TU Braunschweig's new physics building

Green light for TU Braunschweig's new physics building

© HTP-Hidde Architekten GmbH, Braunschweig
Visualisation of the foyer in the planned new physics building at TU Braunschweig.

The Budget and Finance Committee of the Niedersachsen state parliament approved the funding for the new physics building at TU Braunschweig. The physics teaching and laboratory building will replace the old physics building at Mendelssohnstrasse 2 in Braunschweig.

The new building will provide a new home for the physics institutes of TU Braunschweig on an area of around 4,800 square metres. The total construction costs amount to €72.45 million including the construction price index. Civil engineering work will begin at the end of 2024, followed by construction of the building in spring 2025. The new building is scheduled to open in the summer of 2027.

The four-storey teaching and research building will mark the entrance to the East Campus on Hans-Sommer-Straße. A fifth floor, covering half of the floor plan, will house the technical centre.

Laboratories, measuring and weighing rooms, located in the northern part of the building, will occupy half of the floor space. Some of the laboratories will be specially equipped, including clean rooms and measuring rooms for vibration-sensitive tests. These areas will be complemented by rooms for a helium liquefaction plant and a workshop with material storage.

Other usable areas include office space and seminar rooms and lecture halls for teaching purposes. These seminar rooms and lecture theatres are linked to a multi-storey foyer, which connects the floors via an air space. The foyer also provides a link between Hans-Sommer-Straße and Campus East. On the ground floor, student workstations extend the foyer and provide access to the green inner courtyard.

The building’s technical systems are designed to be sustainable and resource-efficient, and the entire open roof area will be covered with photovoltaic modules.