The teaching and research buildings PKZI, KTI and NIC, built in three consecutive construction stages, represent a new research structure on the campus of the Mainz University Medical Center. The complex consists of six modules linked by glazed bridges and is arranged in a series of parallel wings at right angles to a transverse block which opens towards the slightly downward sloping grounds and concisely defines the end of the campus of the University Hospital.
The architectural concept is designed to fulfil the requirements of modern laboratory buildings. Suites of laboratories grouped according to their intended use on all floors of the laboratory zone have the flexibility to react to changing work flows. Central communication areas offer space for scientific exchanges.
The different shades of grey in the facades and varying storey heights of each building create a lively, striking arrangement which is clearly recognisable within the complex. The inclined set-back plinth and the varying window formats extend over all elements of the buildings and break up the overall stringency of the compact volume.