DZNE German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases in Bonn

Our design is based on the clear division of the space allocation plan into three solitaires, which form a coherent ensemble with generous, intervening open spaces and are connected to each other via joints that are used as meeting points. The characteristic, organic form of the ensemble recalls biological cell structures and creates a new identity for the DZNE on Campus Venusberg.


The new DZNE building, in which various brain diseases are being researched, is located on the southern edge of the Campus Venusberg at the University Hospital Bonn. The building volume is split into three distinctive, organically shaped individual buildings. The three-part division corresponds to the internal functions: The entrance building with all the common facilities (lecture hall, cafeteria, library) and clinical research, the central research building with the laboratory facilities for basic research and the pre-clinical institute.

The characteristic element of the village is a pine forest. In spite of the large construction volume, the buildings are absorbed into the building - a consequence of the shape of the building structures and their facade design. Although the workstations are located up to 23 metres from the facade, the special location in the forest can be felt everywhere. The striking facade of glass lamellas, which thematises the forest, reflects it back and forth and takes up its foliage colouring with the changing colours, which changes with the seasons, also provides the setting.


VOF procedure
09 2011

Start of planning
01 2012

03 2017

Deutsches Zentrum für Neurodegenerative Erkrankungen in der Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft (DZNE), Bonn

Sigmund-Freud-Straße 27, 53127 Bonn


Construction costs
appr. 127 Mio Euros

Project management
Drees & Sommer GmbH, Köln

Team general planning

wulf architekten, Stuttgart

Competition team
Steffen Vogt, Andreas Moll, Boris Weix

Planning team
Steffen Vogt (PL), Harald Baumann, Julia Beierbach, Regina Brenner, Indre Herrmann, Andreas Kolb, Anja Lauser, Daniela Momirowski, Cristiana Moura, Jakup Pakula, Sonja Schmuker, Sebastian Stocker, Gaston Stoff, Anna Teresa Tiefert, Stephan Tittl, Boris Weix, Ana Yotova

Local construction management 
Alber & Schulze Baumanagement GmbH, Stuttgart

Structure planning
Mayr | Ludescher | Partner, Stuttgart

Laboratory planning
Dr. Heinekamp Labor- und Institutsplanung, Karlsfeld

HVS planning (Laboratory buildings and preclinical center)
IGF Ingenieurgesellschaft Feldmeier mbH, Münster

HVS planning (Entrance building)
IWP Ingenieurbüro für Systemplanung GmbH, Stuttgart

Landscape design
Adler & Olesch GmbH, Mainz

Orientation system
büro uebele visuelle kommunikation, Stuttgart

© Steffen Vogt for wulf architekten