In 1996, BRAIN acquired a technology campus with roughly 2,500 m² of laboratories, production facilities and offices in a number of different buildings. The core of the campus is a Bauhaus building that is classed as a historic monument and was revitalised with great attention to detail. In 1998, it won the coveted BDA architectural prize and the Josef-Maria-Olbrich award. Functionality and new, innovative approaches were the bedrock of the Bauhaus era and the reason for its success. As a research and development company, BRAIN adheres to this Bauhaus philosophy.
Architecture and corporate philosophy
The BRAIN building represents one of the few remaining examples of industrial Bauhaus architecture, and is therefore classed as a historic monument. An important basis for our work style is the open structure that is filled with light and lets colleagues interact with each other at all times, just like the model of the Bauhaus building that can still be admired today in Dessau. “We consciously opted for this type of structure in Zwingenberg because the interdisciplinary work in our think tank of scientists, engineers and technicians is very similar to the teachings of Bauhaus. It is characterised by open conversations, mutual support and a common approach. That is the only way we can achieve our goals and be truly successful,” says company founder Dr Holger Zinke.
Bauhaus aimed to identify and develop rational principles. “Bauhaus claims to be more than a school for craftspeople, it consciously seeks contact with industry. The old crafts workshops will be converted to industrial laboratories. Standards for industrial production will be derived from their experimental work. Starting with the simplest of tools and simple tasks, we will gradually master greater challenges and thus remain linked with the entire production process,” said Walther Gropius, one of the founders of the Bauhaus movement. With an unwavering focus on industrial applications, BRAIN adheres to the Bauhaus philosophy and its creative bent.
History of the building
This was planned and built by Dr Georg Fehleisen (1893-1938), a former student of Professor Paul Bonatz at the University of Stuttgart. The functional design of the building was based on the Bauhaus guidelines developed by Dr Walter Gropius (1883-1969). In the industrial campus completed in 1935, the former director of Fissanwerk, Dr Arthur Sauer, successfully implemented a model concept for industrial culture.
Photographer Thomas Ott showcases the building.