IMBIT, Freiburg

People suffering from paralysis, brain diseases or neurological disorders can regain some degree of independence with the aid of robotic assistance systems. Such applications are developed at the Institute for Machine-Brain Interfacing Technology (IMBIT) on the campus of the Albert-Ludwigs-University's Technical Faculty in Freiburg. The new building was designed by the heinlewischer firm of architects. The clear-cut, compact exterior houses a highly complex interior: a wide variety of laboratories, a robotics hall, offices, seminar rooms and communication zones are accommodated on over 3000 square metres of floor space. The three floors of the institute surround a green courtyard. This simple ring-shape keeps distances short, allows different forms of access and enables open areas that facilitate networking among scientists from a wide range of disciplines. Upon entering the building, visitors pass through a generous foyer featuring an airy structure consisting of round, white elements below an exposed concrete ceiling. Explaining the reason for their choice of products, heinlewischer stated: "Combining different sizes from the Nimbus Modul R Project range with Rossoacoustic PADs enabled us to create a space with a quiet and appealing character while also meeting requirements in terms of building physics." They also wanted "large luminaires that have an appealing design and ensure good lighting of the surfaces" to make a good initial impression on visitors to the institute.

Project data

  • Builder: Landesbetrieb Vermögen und Bau Baden-Württemberg, Universitätsbauamt Freiburg
  • Planning: heinlewischer, Stuttgart
  • Tags: Working,Providing Access,Receiving Visitors,Sanitary Facilities
  • Realisation: 2021
  • Photographer: Brigida González, Stuttgart