The new building of the Fraunhofer Center for High Temperature Materials and Design HTL, which belongs to the Institute for Silicate Research ISC, is used for the development of high-temperature materials for energy, propulsion and heat technology as well as aerospace technology. The two-storey building complex with an exceptional ceramic façade was implemented by Kister Scheithauer Gross.
The new building with a gross floor area of 5,800 m² is divided into a square one-storey technology and laboratory area with partly two-storey halls as well as a narrow two- to three-storey office wing. The façade design has been derived from the traditional craquelé glazing technique and is further developed as a recurrent net pattern on the envelope. That way, the new building with its distinctive ceramic façade represents the research focus of the HTL. The material and the treatment of joints create an equally spectacular and disciplined appearance for the institute.