HENN in Germany designs the cubic form of the Deep Atria Carve Life Science Advanced Research Center

Revolutionizing Life Sciences: Merck’s New Advanced Research Center Combines Technology and Sustainability

Merck’s global headquarters in Darmstadt has recently unveiled its Life Science Advanced Research Center (LS ARC), a cutting-edge facility that focuses on vital technologies within the Life Science sector. Designed by HENN, the LS ARC is positioned as a cornerstone of the research and development campus, anchoring the Innovation Mile that extends from the Innovation Center at Emanuel-Merck-Platz.

The LS ARC represents a new approach to laboratory design, seamlessly integrating laboratories, offices, and communal spaces. The building’s compact cubic form includes two atria that bring in natural daylight and serve as green spaces with indigenous plant species from the Odenwald region. This modular layout allows for flexible subdivision, promoting collaboration and adaptability among researchers.

Externally, a louver structure veils the glazed facade of the LS ARC, offering glimpses into the vibrant interiors. The ground floor houses a demonstration lab, while the upper levels feature an open-plan layout that blends laboratories and offices. Glazed walls strategically positioned throughout the building create visual connectivity, enhancing cohesion within the building and across the campus.

The LS ARC prioritizes sustainability, with rooftop photovoltaic systems generating electricity and greenery helping to mitigate carbon emissions. These eco-conscious features highlight Merck’s commitment to environmental responsibility and are a key aspect of HENN’s architectural design for the research facility. Overall, this innovative research facility is set to revolutionize the Life Science sector by bringing together cutting-edge technologies and sustainable design principles in one state-of-the-art space.

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