vautz mang architekten: Morgenstelle recycling centre - best architects 21

vautz mang architekten

Morgenstelle recycling centre

best architects 21

infrastructure buildings


Tübingen, Germany


Jörg Jäger


Owing to the comprehensive expansion of its research facilities on the Morgenstelle campus, the University of Tübingen required a new, specialised recycling centre, complemented by a parking garage, a fuel station for staff use and roofed bicycle racks. These different zones require differing amounts of headroom and are all integrated into the upward-sloping terrain beneath the two horizontal steel-roof structures. Reinforced concrete elements in the lower part of the building meet the heavy-duty operational demands and facilitate the building’s integration into the terrain. Clad with photovoltaic modules, the shed buildings serve as weather-protection and roof. With the construction of a tram link, the main accessways to the campus will in future lead directly past this ensemble of buildings. It therefore forms the outer perimeter of the university-owned premises. Façades of stretch canvas used in agricultural construction provide the necessary weather-protection for the yard areas. Structures and operational processes remain partially visible, thanks to the semi-transparent properties of the fabric. In order to meet the differing weather protection requirements, the design of the façades and roofs ranges from completely open to frost-free and can be easily adapted to future needs by means of retrofitting. The top floor of the small office building features an insulated wooden interior.