Fraunhofer-Institute for Ceramic Technologies und Systems IKTS


Since its incorporation into Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft the new institute in Hermsdorf has shown a dynamic development, which has made a identity-establishing extension necessary. A long, two-storey main body will house the different departments and sections.

The facade serves as the linking element of the design/concept and will bear reference to the aim of the institute. It consists of delicate horizontal bands made of light ceramics, which can be arranged more loosely or narrowly according to the way the rooms are to be used. Thus from the motorway a bright, elegant building will be visible, embodying innovation, research and the handling of ceramics - the main issues of FHG Hermsdorf.

Place Hermsdorf
Project New construction of an office and laboratory building
Client Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur F├Ârderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
Design Gewers Pudewill
Size 5,741 sqm
Completion 2013
Award Mention Thuringian State Award for Architecture and Urban Design 2014, Winner Iconic Awards 2015, Special Mention German Design Award 2017
Team Project Manager Philip Br├╝ggemann, Alexander Mendelsohn