ELI Beamlines wins 'Architectural Project of the Year

ELI Beamlines, which has won the Architectural project of the Year Award at the 2014 Czech Architecture Week, is the work of Bogle Architects - a research campus within a landscaped setting consisting of four separate buildings, accommodating offices, laboratories, a multi-functional space with lecture theatre and a café and the principal element - a massive concrete ‘box’, comparable in size to a football pitch, housing the laser hall itself. A lightweight roof floats over the atrium or ‘heart’ of the building, with louvres providing shade during summer, allowing sun to penetrate and heat the atrium during winter.