The University of Munich in Germany is getting a new building for research and education in the field of sustainable chemistry. This upgrade will expand the Straubing science center and, hopefully, expand on many brilliant new ideas and innovations that will pave the way for a brighter future.

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Exterior of the university building

Designed in an elongated, three-story style, the entire Nachhaltige Chemie building is elevated and sits on stilts that are three meters from the ground, or about 10 feet. This is a solution for the building’s location, as it sits within the flooding zone for the nearby Donau river and is nearly as big as the floodwall itself.

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A view of the height of the building to prevent flooding

An elevated deck leads up to the entrance, which takes entrants into a central hall. Meanwhile, galleries and open staircases greet the eye here. Branching out from the central hall, there is an east wing, a west wing and also an auditorium facing the riverbank.

White staircase near large windows

Educational areas are on the first floor, while the upper floors are used for laboratories, offices and technical engineering areas. Furthermore, the cafeteria is in the western wing, which leads to an outdoor seating area. The western wing is full of lecture halls and seminar spaces.

An entirely wood lecture room

Also, the offices, lounges and conference rooms on the upper floors are grouped around a courtyard in the western wing.

One of the science rooms within the building

The building’s facade was created with wood, glass and concrete. Most of these were sustainably sourced. Additionally, the roof has photovoltaic elements, meaning it’s got solar panels to harness the power of the sun.

The University of Munich’s new campus building is meant for educating minds and creating innovations for the future. This is an example of sustainable construction and self-sustaining construction — the type of design that will pave the way for the future. In other words, this university campus building is a pretty big deal.

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