Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM)

Mikroskopiegebaeude 01 © Nöfer Architects | Florian Profitlich
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Mikroskopiegebaeude 03 © Nöfer Architects | Maximilian Meisse
Mikroskopiegebaeude 04 © Nöfer Architects | Florian Profitlich
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Mikroskopiegebaeude 07 © Nöfer Architects | Florian Profitlich
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The “TEM” is a highly unusual building: this is where transmission electron microscopy is used to generate images of atoms for fundamental research conducted at Berlin’s Technische Universität. For this reason, the building must meet very strict standards. To protect the microscopes from any vibration that might penetrate from the urban surroundings, the one-metre foundation slab is supported by piles embedded ten metres deep in the ground. A sophisticated climate control system occupying half the building ensures that the temperature does not vary more than 0.1 degrees Celsius per hour. To prevent ground loop, the concrete core of the building is reinforced with fibreglass rather than metal. The walls, floors, and ceilings were made extremely rigid to minimize their natural resonance frequency. The building’s high structural stability is reflected in the straightforward simplicity of the stucco façades and the massive base of natural stone: high-tech research housed in low-tech architecture.

 

Client
Technische Universität Berlin

Project stages1-9
Time frame2009 – 2011
Gross Floor Area750 sqm
Costs3.0 million EUR
SiteMarchstr. 10
10587 Berlin