The London studio of newly-formed architecture giant HDR TMK is to play a big role in a £27 million research centre project in Munich
The collaboration between the company’s London and Dusseldorf offices has won the competition to design the Helmholtz Institute.
The four-storey, 4,700m2 building will bring together three research groups to create the Centre of Integrated Diabetes Research. It will be located on the Helmholtz Institute’s Neuherberg campus.
HDR TMK, formed by a merger of US-based HDR and Germany-headquartered TMK Architekten in March, will provide architectural, laboratory design and contract administration services for the scheme.
HDR president Doug Wignall told AJ the company hoped to benefit from TMK’s healthcare experience.
‘We are hoping to take its expertise to other parts of Europe,’ he said. ‘We are also hoping to spread science and technology knowledge from our London office to Germany.’
He added that the merged practice may look for work in Northern and Eastern Europe.
‘We hope to expand this German practice beyond the borders but we will primarily remain German-focused. We want sustainable offices that can work on a local and regional level,’ said Wignall.
The Biosafety Level 2 Centre of Integrated Diabetes Research an the institute will house researchers working to tackle the condition. The design features laboratories and support areas to the north of a courtyard, with write-up areas to the south, providing users with stunning views over the German Alps.