henning larsen architects win competition for ESS research facility
henning larsen architects win competition for ESS research facility henning larsen architects win competition for ESS research facility
mar 01, 2013
henning larsen architects win competition for ESS research facility

‘european spallation source research facility’ by henning larsen architects + COBE + SLA, lund, sweden
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danish practices henning larsen architects in collaboration with COBE and SLA have won the competition to design the ‘european spallation source
(ESS) research facility that will become the world’s first most advanced center for neutron-based research. the competition was won amidst a panel of
participating firms including BIG, foster and partners, tengbom, benthem crouwell, HOK, west8, and mecanoo. containing state-of-the-art
technologies in carefully designed spaces, the program includes the usual trappings of a scientific research facility – laboratories, meeting spaces both
indoors and outdoors, offices, lecture halls, along with the not-so-common 600-meter long proton accelerator and 180-meter long hall in which protons
collide with a target and send neutrons off tangentially at unfathomable speeds down a number of other lengthy hallways armed with special measuring
instruments. a visitor area will be partially integrated with the private spaces, encouraging more interaction with the public sector, and a water catchment
and redirection systems will disperse rainfall to the surrounding dry lowlands that will soon flourish with a rich biodiversity of plants, animals, and insects.
although construction will not completely finish until 2025, research will commence in 2019 with an estimated two to four thousand researchers per year
and will contribute great advancements to medicine, archaeology, and sustainable energy sources.


jacob kurek, partner and architect at henning larsen architects states:


‘researchers will travel to lund from every corner of the world. at ess, they will become part of a global research community. they will require space for
concentrated work, but they will also need places where they can meet other researchers. in the atriums found in the buildings, they will be able to meet
each other informally, inspire each other, exchange ideas and share their knowledge.’



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public exterior courtyards and promenades
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image © henning larsen architects



gathering spaces with a variety of plantlife
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research laboratories
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bird’s eye view
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site plan
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project info:


architects: henning larson architects, CODA, SLA
engineers: buro happold, NNE pharmaplan, transsolar
competition start: 2012
winners announced: february 2013
open for research: 2019
scheduled completion: 2025
total floor area: 100,000 m2

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