Research Center for Biodiversity and Climate (BiK-F)
The University building with the Institute for Pharmacology and Food Chemistry of the Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main on the Bockenheim campus was planned 1954-1957 by Ferdinand Kramer. It is one of 23 buildings, which he designed as Planning Director for the Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe-University within the period of 1952-1964. Within the urban framework for the district Bockenheim, the building forms the southern terminus of the campus.
The LOEWE Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (BiK-F) with 7.300 square meters of effective space is a joint venture between the Senckenberg Nature Research Society and the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main. More than 130 scientists research the different interactions between biodiversity and climate. Based on these results and simulations, the Research Centre produces projections of future and contributes to the implementation of international agreements.
For the use of the building by the Research BiK-F a comprehensive refurbishment was necessary. The building was dismantled down to the supporting structure. In the ribbed floor, a concrete restoration was necessary as well as an upgrade in fire protection. The facade is historically listed. The sun protection on the south side (Brise Soleil) was renovated in the 80s and only got a new coat of paint in the current renovation.
All windows were replaced, through the use of compound windows (wood inside – aluminum outside) the slim profile appearance was compound preserved. Although not required due the conservation, an internal thermal insulation was installed. The thermal insulation reaches the requirements of the EnEV 2009. In addition, the ventilation system of the office and laboratories (S1 and S2) was equipped with a highly efficient heat recovery system. The building is heated by a gas condensing boiler.
„Die neuen Räume und Labore bieten exzellente Voraussetzungen für die Forschungs‐ und Lehrtätigkeit. Die Arbeit der Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler kann nun unter optimalen Bedingungen fortgesetzt werden.“