European Spallation Source AB: Henning Larsen Architects will design ESS, Europe`s largest research project

Thu Feb 28, 2013 5:41am EST

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Henning Larsen Architects has been selected to design the European Spallation
Source research centre. In a large international design contest, two winners
were chosen: the concept by the Henning Larsen consortium, and the concept by
the BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group consortium. In the end, HLA was selected to develop
the final design. 

The ESS is Europe`s largest science current project. It will be the
world-leading research facility for materials research and life science with

After an international design contest, ESS has chosen Henning Larsen Architects
as the architectural partner to design the ESS facility. The concept was
considered to show "great skill and sensitivity", a strong campus concept, and a
combination of human and dramatic scale. 

The Henning Larsen Architects consortium included the companies COBE, SLA, as
well as the engineering enterprises Buro Happold, NNE Pharmaplan and Transsolar.
This team will now be assigned to develop the final design of the ESS premises. 

- The flexibility, human scale and campus-like layout of the work submitted by
Henning Larsen Architects will give us an excellent base for developing a
functional and variable work-place suited to the scientists everyday needs.
Featuring a symbolic building, it will also give dignity and (shine) to reflect
the future ESS importance in the European scientific landscape, says Colin
Carlile, the ESS CEO. 

- I am also particularly proud over the very high quality and creative thinking
that have permeated all the submitted concepts. The amount of ingenuity and
beauty that have been submitted by these large number of leading firms
participating in the design contest has simply been impressive, and will provide
much inspiration. 

The process of designing the ESS architectural design and surrounding
landscaping is still in an early stage. The final architectural design will be
developed in the coming year. 

- The choice of an architectural partner for the design of the ESS facility is a
large step. It will mean that we can start the detailed planning of the
construction needed to move ahead, says Kent Hedin, Head of the ESS Conventional
Facilities Division. 

The choice was preceded by an international design contest, in which two winning
concepts were chosen by the jury. The second winner, besides the Team Henning
Larsen Architects concept, was the concept by the Team BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group.
The BIG concept was selected because of an "extraordinarily strong design idea,
integrating the building complex with the surrounding landscape", expressed in
an "emblematic building". 

After development of the winning concepts with the goal of identifying
feasibility, the HLA Team was selected for the continued process of designing
the ESS. 

Short facts on the design contest: 

The international design contest was conducted during the second half of 2012,
and the choice of architectural partner was done in February 2013. In the
contest, a large number of recognised architectural firms, and landscaping
companies submitted expressions of interest. From these, five architectural
consortia were selected to submit design concepts. 

The members of the contest jury were selected to represent both ESS and
important stakeholders: 

· Inga Hallén - architect SAR/MSA, Director of the Department of Cityplanning,
Lund · Charlotte Lindström - Director of Public Places and Facilities
Kristianstad, appointed representative of Region Skåne · BG Svensson - CEO
Science Village Scandinavia (formerly Lundamark AB) · Colin Carlile - CEO ESS AB
· Matti Tiirakari - Director of Administration ESS AB · Örjan Larsson - Senior
Consultant ESS AB · Kent Hedin - Head of Conventional Facilities Division ESS AB

After careful evaluation of the submitted concepts, the contest jury choose two
winning concepts: the concept by Team BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group and the concept by
Team Henning Larsen Architects. These concepts were considered to have equally
strong, but different qualities. 

After development and re-working of the winning concepts, the new concepts were
evaluated based on the criteria quality, cost, flexibility and functionality,
aesthetic values and proposal for collaboration model with ESS AB. In this
evaluation, both concepts received the same score for aesthetic values, but the
concept by Team HLA received the highest score regarding aspects such as
functionality, flexibility, cost, and proposed collaboration model, and was
therefore selected for the continued development of the architectural and
landscaping design. 

For more information, please visit the ESS web site: 

Downloadable high resolution press images in the ESS Media Bank:

More information about the international design contest:


The European Spallation Source - the next generation facility for materials
research and life science 

The European Spallation Source (ESS) will be a multi-disciplinary research
laboratory based on the world`s most powerful neutron source. ESS can be likened
to a large microscope, where neutrons are used instead of light to study
materials - ranging from polymers and pharmaceuticals to membranes and molecules
- to gain knowledge about their structure and function. ESS will be around 30
times better than existing facilities, opening up new possibilities for
researchers in for example health, environment, climate, energy, transport
sciences and cultural heritage. 

ESS is an intergovernmental research infrastructure project, and it will be
built in Lund in southern Scandinavia. Currently 17 European countries are
Partners in the ESS project, and will take part in the construction, financing
and operation of the ESS. The Partner Countries are: Sweden, Denmark, the Czech
Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania,
the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom. 

The European Spallation Source ESS AB is a state-owned limited liability
company, today owned by the host countries Sweden and Denmark. ESS AB is
currently working on finalizing the ESS technical design, planning the future
research at ESS, preparing for construction, and planning the future
international ESS organisation. This is done in collaboration with around 60
Partner Laboratories, research institutes, and universities around the world.
During 2013, the ongoing Pre-Construction Phase goes over into Construction, and
the ground-break is planned for 2014. The first neutrons will be produced in 2019
and the facility will be fully operational around 2025. 

ESS is expected to support a user community of at least 5000 European
researchers and will have great strategic importance for the development of the
European Research Area. Near by there will be complementary laboratories, such
as the synchrotron MAX IV in Lund and XFEL and PETRAIII in Hamburg. 

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Colin Carlile, CEO
tel +46 (0)761 33 33 99
Kent Hedin, Head of Conventional Facilities
Tel. +46 (0)46 888 30 58
Marianne Ekdahl, Communications Officer Press & Politics
Tel. +46 (0)46 888 30 66 

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