The plain two-storey concrete building meets the highest requirements, since the microscopes must be set up vibration-free and shielded from disturbing magnetic fields in a temperature-stable environment. Consequently, the two microscope rooms form the heart of the new building. They were developed as a house-in-house construction to statically and electrically decouple the floors, walls and ceilings from the rest of the building. To eliminate vibrations, the microscopes stand on air-suspended reinforced concrete floors, each weighing 36 tonnes. Maintaining a constant room temperature, under the premise of as little air flow as possible, is a high priority in the special rooms. The walls and ceilings of the microscope rooms are lined on the inside with perforated gypsum board panels as well as gypsum board tiles, which act as a heating, cooling and acoustic system to maintain a constant temperature of ± 1,0º Kelvin/day while also absorbing sound. The large volume of the 5,20-metre-high rooms also ensures the required constant room climate. Thanks to the clever layout of the floor plan, the façade has been designed to have as little window area as possible, thus minimising the heat input in summer.1 

1 Vermögen und Bau Baden-Württemberg, Ulm - Neubau Mikroskopgebäude SALVE/TITAN,, as of 07.06.2021


gypsum board wall with OPTIPANEL 18


Project title

New construction Mikroskopgebäude SALVE + TITAN Ulm



Building type

new construction


Mühlich, Finke & Partner


Vermögen und Bau Baden-Württemberg


CTM surface

216 m²