Boehringer Ingelheim G144, Biberach an der Riss, Germany
The depth of the building is a result of the inner organisation of the building's functions and the demand for attractive open areas providing an adequate work environment. Based on an optimized building outline that faciliates the organisation of the biggest departments per building level a building structure is generated that creates differently sized loggias in the building's outer shell and multi-level voids inside the building. Combined with staircases and corridors an open system of short cross-connections and spatially widening longitudinal connections is established which provide intervisibility either to the next lower or higher level insde the building or the exterior.
The compact structure, a cuboidal structure that – despite the extensive depth of the building – still allows an optimal amount of daylight to penetrate and develops based on how the functional sequences are organized internally and the demand for attractive, open spaces. The loggias of various sizes located on the outer shell and the multi-story air spaces in the interior, together with the axes and stairwells on each floor, create an open system of short cross-connections and elongated, longitudinal connections with a variety of view relationships.
The facades are constructed as non-load-bearing, prefabricated, composite elements with an outer surface of "artificial marble", which consisted of marble chips that have been crushed in water barrels to marble powder, which is then bound with white cement. The sun protection that is required for the structure is provided by the arrangement of external shading devices (horizontal blinds with rotating slats). Depending on how they are positioned, the blinds in the skylight area also redirect daylight. The ventilation of the individual rooms depends on the needs: All laboratory areas are air-conditioned, and ventilation though the windows is achieved in all offices.
2006, 1st Prize
Laboratory / Office Building
Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmbH & Co.KG
Riegler Riewe Architekten
Cubature: 104.500 m³
Gross Floor area: 23.100 m²
Net Floor Area: 11.100 m²
Usable Area: 10.300 m²