A new teaching and research complex for optobiology at the Humboldt Universität, located in the heart of Berlin, ought to be planned in an economically viable and aesthetically pleasing way. Particularly demanding was the high planning effort for various technical fields – especially regarding high standards for laboratories, fire protection and construction detailing – and as a consequence of the preexisting built environment.
The given, detailed spatial programme was to be allocated at a comparatively small site. Therefore, we opted for the partial demolition of the existing building, as much of it was in a rather deplorable state. The well-preserved, masonry villa was spared from this fate to serve as a cornerstone for the further concept development.