Visitor Path

The Helmholtz Cen­tre in Berlin is one of the most fa­mous re­search cen­tres in the world. 2,500 of the great­est minds in sci­ence con­duct re­search here in the fields of ma­te­ri­als and en­ergy. Moni­teurs and Glaßer und Da­gen­bach land­scape ar­chi­tects drew on these top­ics and trans­formed the un­rep­re­sen­ta­tive dri­ve­way to the re­search cen­tre into a land­scape of waves. Waves are the com­mon de­nom­i­na­tor of en­ergy and mag­netic fields. Here they are ste­lae that guide the vis­i­tor to the re­search cen­tre and, along the way, pro­vide in­for­ma­tion about the cen­tre’s founders, its key ideas and its sub­jects of re­search. The ori­en­ta­tion sys­tem is here a land­mark that not only ori­ents, but deep­ens and builds an im­age in vis­i­tors’ minds. The benches, in­te­grated into the wave struc­ture, in­vite passers-by to stay a while.

Helmholtz Cen­tre Berlin

Vis­i­tor Ori­en­ta­tion and In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem Out­door area

Berlin 2010


Helmholtz-Zen­trum Berlin für Ma­te­ri­alien und En­ergie GmbH

Land­scape ar­chi­tec­ture

Glaßer and Da­gen­bach


500 m long

Photo Udo Dagenbach

Each stele shows an abstract infographic of the research carried out by the Helmholtz Centre Berlin.

Photo Udo Dagenbach

Electromagnetic wave
Waves are the common denominators of energy and magnetic fields. They are the focus of research at the Helmholtz Centre. The design draws on the sine wave shape and flows above ground in the form of trimmed boxwood and stainless steel stelae. The stelae represent technology, and are in sharp contrast to the surrounding environment.