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Visualisation of the new amedes Competency Centre in Göttingen with green facade.; Visualisation of the new amedes Competency Centre in Göttingen with green facade.;

amedes Competency Centre, Göttingen

Sustainable office building blends nature and architecture with green roof and vertically greened façade

The new competency centre of the international life science company amedes is currently being built in Göttingen, Germany. The three-part building complex consists of a four-storey administration building with a training and conference area designed by schneider + schumacher Architekten, as well as a state-of-the-art laboratory and adjoining logistics centre, designed by others.

The new building complex will not only meet the highest demands for functional and contemporary working practices, but also set new standards for the future "InnovationsQuartier Herbert-Quandt-Straße" with green roofs, planted terraces and vertically greened facades. As early as next year, the complex will open its doors to around 500 employees.

Continuous optimisation processes in planning

The project posed the challenge of combining sophisticated architecture with high demands on the functionality and sustainability of the site, without the need for complicated technology. In close cooperation with the client and project participants across various disciplines, a design with several exceptionally pragmatic solutions emerged during a continuous optimisation process.

Energy saving potential in façade design

Our analysis showed that the energy balance of the administration building could be significantly improved if the opaque and transparent areas in the façade were equal. The architects then developed a design with a post-and-beam façade with full glazing on the ground floor and a ribbon façade in parts of the ground floor and on the upper floors that fully realises the energy-saving potential.

Aside from the impressive visual impact, greenery on the building's south façades and roofs will also have positive effects on energy demand . The green roofs receive a retention layer to absorb future heavy rainfall events.

Construction site view of the new competence centre in Göttingen Construction site view of the new competence centre in Göttingen

The administration building will be constructed with an H-shaped floor plan. This building shape allows the best possible incidence of light into all areas and thus enables healthy and at the same time energy-saving working with daylight. Photo: schneider + schumacher

Acoustic challenges with natural ventilation

The site will have a central energy supply with heating and cooling being supplied by central heat pumps and a geothermal system with approx. 50 geothermal probes. The office areas of the administration building will be equipped with heating and cooling ceilings and will have both natural ventilation for the offices along the façade and mechanical ventilation for the interior area as well as seminar and meeting rooms.

To prevent excessive disruption from the sound of traffic on a nearby motorway entering through the manually opening windows, we developed a concept with effective manual impulse ventilation based on a joint study with the architects.

Flexibility in spatial planning

In order to be able to implement later changes of use in the areas with minimum disruption, our structural planners relied on flexibility in the room layout. They developed a grid construction concept so that there are no load-bearing walls in the office areas. Our MEP experts designed the cooling and heating ceiling panels to allow for potential changes to the room layout around the standard grid. This makes a flexible future room layout possible.

Dividing the total space among several users could also be done with ease. The central arrangement of the core areas in the building makes it possible to divide the upper floors into individual units of use with little effort.

DGNB Gold Standard

The building ensemble meets high requirements in terms of environmental compatibility, resource protection and sustainability. With a planned share of at least 55 percent from renewable energies, all parts of the building will achieve the increased KfW 40 standard with additional energy efficiency class EE (renewable energies) and the DGNB Gold Standard.