ClientFoundation for Fundamental Research on Matter
CountryThe Netherlands
Scope11,000 m2 GFA
ExpertiseArchitecture, Building Services, Structural Design

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The Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research (DIFFER) is one of the three research institutes of the Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter (FOM). FOM is part of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). DIFFER’s mission is to perform leading fundamental research in the fields of fusion energy and solar fuels, in close partnership with academia and industry. The institute aims to play leading role in coordinating and facilitating energy research in the Netherlands.

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In our multidisciplinary design team we formulated three themes that are decisive for a successful research building. In the first place this is a solid base. Top physics we believe can only be operated in a building that meets or exceeds the extreme demands of the research. In addition, we find the theme communication & concentration is important. A building for leading fundamental research is a technological environment where the human scale is palpable. This environment has optimal research conditions, inspires the researchers and encourages interaction.

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Finally, sustainability is our leading theme. Fundamental research means that boundaries are to be shifted for obtaining a better world. The concept of sustainability is inextricably linked to this concept.

Roel Brouwers MSc BNA

Senior Architect

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