Galileo Control Center

GCC – the Galileo Control Center – that’s not one building, as it looks like – that’s two, one built on top of the other: – the complete technical program, the control rooms, hundred of computer racks, the clockworks, the laboratories, the storerooms – all that occupies the big basement- and ground floor areas; all the rest, the offices around the central hall with auditorium, café and visitors galleries, information and security, all that is set free behind the curved glass façade that opens up the GCC to the DLR-compound.

Two buildings in one, suited to the hierarchy of the security system, opened to a public well adjusted to a project of European dimension … but sheltering all delicate spaces against any kind of interference: – the central hall with its inserted towers, the row of service-cores screening and involving the galleries behind, the u-shaped crescent of offices.

‘il si muove’ – he’s right, the patron of this ambitious space-program that Europe has put on its flag – ‘and she moves yet, our mother earth’ – a touch of these dynamic forces should radiate too from this control center near Munich, – with a spacial suggestion of Galilean contradiction, a silent move, heavy in material, displaying the lightness of stone, cast stone, glowing in the light.

SITE

Oberpfaffenhofen

82234 Weßling

 

TYPOLOGY

Satellite control center

 

CLIENT

Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V.

in der Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft Köln

 

ARCHITECT

Schultes Frank Architekten
Frank  Schultes  Witt

 

DESIGN

Axel Schultes   Charlotte Frank

 

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Christoph Witt

 

COLLABORATORS

Laabs   Lobeck   Schuldes

Kahl   Bauer   Timm

 

COMPETITION  –  COMPLETION

2005  –  2008

 

FOOTPRINT

1.814 m²

 

GROSS FLOOR AREA

6.065 m²

 

GROSS VOLUME

24.300 m³

 

NET FLOOR AREA

3.065 m²

 

EAVES HEIGHT

10 m

 

HEIGHT

16 m

 

CONSTRUCTION

reinforced concrete  fairfaced concrete

 

ARCHITECT ON THE BUILDING SITE

aichner-kazzer Architekten

 

STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS

Schlaich Bergermann und Partner

 

STATUTORY STRESS ANALYSIS

IB Rückert

 

FAÇADE ENGINEERS

R+R Fuchs  Ingenieurbüro für Fassadentechnik

 

BUILDING SERVICES ENGINEER

HL-PP Consult  Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH

 

PROTECTIVE MEASURES

Ingenieurbüro Axel C. Rahn

 

FIRE PROTECTION

Kersken + Kirchner

 

ACOUSTICS

Ingenieurbüro Axel C. Rahn

 

LANDSCAPING

Keller & Damm  Landschaftsarchitekten Stadtplaner

 

PHOTOS

Henning Koepke