A team containing Henning Larsen Architects and Buro Happold has won a competition for the world’s largest facility for neutron-based research in Lund, Sweden.
The rest of the team for the European Spallation Source research centre includes design firms COBE and SLA engineering companies Buro Happold, NNE Pharmaplan and Transsolar.
ESS will be a research campus with a 600m-long proton accelerator and a 180m-long hall in which the protons hit a target and send neutrons off to a number of halls with measuring instruments.
Jacob Kurek, Partner and Architect, Henning Larsen Architects, said: “Researchers will travel to Lund from every corner of the world. At ESS, they will become part of a global research community. They will require space for concentrated work, but they will also need places where they can meet other researchers.”
Research at ESS is expected to commence in 2019, while the entire facility will be completed by 2025.
A visitors’ centre will be established on the site, where members of the public can gain an insight into the research activities taking place at ESS.
It is expected that between 2,000 and 4,000 researchers will use the facilities each year.