The curved, s-shaped structure of the Center for Translational Cancer Research of Technische Universität München stands out clearly from the other buildings of the campus site. The facade design with large ceramic tiles, which were executed with dimensional precision in ten individually produced radii at the architects’ request, also stands for knowledge transfer and cooperation. The rear-ventilated building shell with rainscreen cladding can be adapted flexibly to the curved shape of the structure and readopts it in its segmentation and surface structure: the light-colored, differently sized ceramic tiles are not only arranged in a wild pattern, but also enliven the facade appearance through a variation in the surface feel – the 700 to 1,700 millimetrer long brick tiles from MOEDING possess either a subtle, horizontally grooved line structure or a smooth surface. Both natural beige shades of the facade tiles were specified in exactly this way by the planners. The warm shades break the clinically pure white of the laboratories inside and also harmonise with the neighbouring buildings.

Architect: doranth post architekten I München
Product: LONGOTON®
Color: Cream
Shape: Special form, partially grooved
Photo: Stefan Müller-Naumann

“The challenge in the facade planning was to select a facade material for the curved, s-shaped structure that both supported the shape with the concave and convex curvatures and enabled a connection to the plaster facades of the neighbouring buildings in surface feel, expression and colour range. All these specifications were implemented in optimal fashion with the individually produced ceramic tiles. The light shade was tailored specifically to the environment. We coordinated particularly intensively with the manufacturer on the execution of the different radii, which were executed with dimensional precision.”

Katja Klingholz, doranth post architekten GmbH, München