Project Essentials

  • LocationBonn, Germany
  • ClientZoologisches Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig
  • Architectagn Niederberghaus & Partner GmbH
  • Size96,400 ft² (8,960 m²)
  • Budget15,8 Mio. EUR netto, Kgr. 300 + 400

The Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig (ZFMK) belongs to the Leibniz Institute for Biodiversity of Animals. The independent research institution, based in Bonn, is considered one of the largest natural history research museums in Germany. An addition is being built on the Poppelsdorf campus, which will primarily provide the Centre for Molecular Biodiversity Research with modern premises.

The complex room program includes office and meeting rooms, laboratories, biological collections, library areas, a Biohistoricum, an ichthyology and a biodatabase. The research building includes two leaf-shaped courtyards. In the centre of the building, an open spiral staircase connects all floors above the ground level.

Reinforced concrete construction with sheer walls made of cast-in-place concrete is planned. This results in very high structural loading. The load-bearing facade is supported by large basement walls. The foundation aft has a thickness of 90 cm. The basement structure is tanked using water-resistant concrete construction. Since the building is located in earthquake zone 1, the design envisages foundation thickenings of up to 125 cm below stiffening walls.